Jim Ring Races to Sportsman Championship

Back when he was seven years old, Jim Ring would sit next to his dad in his 1968 Cougar and shift the transmission every time his dad shouted “smash ‘em!”

He wasn’t tall enough to see out of the windshield, but that didn’t matter to him nearly as much as the teamwork and tender moments he was experiencing with his dad.

By the mid ‘90s, he was taking part in the Wednesday Fun Night program at Summit Motorsports Park, but before long, he had made the move to the park’s Accel Super Series program.

He started with Pro in 2001 and shimmied over to Sportsman a few years later, and while he admits that the potential to win prizes and money was motivation for the move, he also admits that the competition and camaraderie have kept him there.

In his ’72 Nova, he has earned top ten and top five finishes through the years, but found even more success in 2016 after discovering how to relax and take it round by round at the race track.

Jim, a TFC Transportation truck-driver, told himself that both he and his car were capable of cruising to wins, but that win or lose, he was going to be the same man that night as he was that morning.

As he racked up round wins weekend after weekend, his wife, Kimberley, and daughters, Brooke and Lauren, were track-side to take it all in.

And while his dad had passed away years ago, Jim is confident that he, too, was track-side to take it all in.

With nineteen points and two feature wins, he earned the 2016 Accel Sportsman Delivered on Time by TFC Transportation championship and was recognized for his efforts during Summit Motorsports Park's 43rd Accel Banquet of Champions, Jan. 14, 2017 at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio.

- Mary Lendzion

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