Port Hardy resident Lawrence O’Connor poses with his trophy after racing at the Skagit Speedway in Burlington

Port Hardy resident Lawrence O’Connor poses with his trophy after racing at the Skagit Speedway in Burlington

Port Hardy man wins big on stock car racing circuit

A Port Hardy man has been successful on a US racing circuit

A Port Hardy resident had a successful weekend of stock car racing in the US. Lawrence O’Connor, a former motorcycle racer, currently races dirt modifieds – a class of car racing and one of the most popular types of racing in the US.

At an Aug. 15 race at the Skagit Speedway in Burlington, Washington, O’Connor snagged his third win of the year, and he currently leads the track points in the modified division.

In the 25-lap main event, O’Connor began in fourth starting position and ended up leading by the second lap before winning.

O’Connor is looking forward to a big race on Labour Day weekend, the World of Outlaws race.

The World of Outlaws is a travelling league, and O’Connor’s class will be racing as a supporting class. “I was lucky enough to win it last year,” O’Connor shares, and he is keen on doing it again.

O’Connor placed first at a race on April 18, and again at a May 2 race.

On May 16 he came 3rd, and placed second on June 6 and July 11 before his most recent victory

O’Connor generally races at Skagit Speedway in Burlington, Washington, the big trip and extensive travel fuelled by his love for racing. He has a long history racing, as well as a history of doing very well in races.

He also sometimes races at Grays Harbour in Elma, Washington.

The racing season is from April until November, and he stores his cars in the US.