November 26th, 2013
2013 Chemung Speedrome Bandolero Champion David French
By: Ray Hodge

  David French, an eighth grade honor student at Epiphany Catholic School in Sayre PA. Is the Chemung Speedrome INEX Bandolero track Champion for 2013.

David finished second in track points in 2012 in the Bandolero division and In 2013 David came back as determined as ever and kicked off the season with a big win over 2012 Champion Nick Morich. The 13 year old son of David and Valerie French would go on to win 9 more races in 2013 ending the season ten for ten putting on a great show week in and week out on his way to winning a track Championship.

  David would also run at the Bethel Motor Speedway in the Bandolero and have a very impressive season there as well. At Bethel, David would start 27 races in 2013. He finished the season with 17 top five finishes as well as 4 second place finishes. David would finish the season third in points at Bethel in 2013. His very impressive season at Bethel would propel him to a Pennsylvania State Championship in the INEX Bandolero Outlaw Division. In the Nation Wide battle for INEX Bandolero Drivers, David would finish the season ninth out of 258 drivers from across the United States.

  In his victory lane interviews, David, a very well-spoken young man was always quick to thank his Mom and Dad who were involved in every victory lane ceremony in 2013. Davidís father, who has been involved in racing for many years has enjoyed many victories and Championships in the past. Now being the Owner and crew Chief for son David and winning ten out ten this year and a Championship, should be just the beginning for the Frenchís.

  Davidís Mother Valerie French is his biggest fan. The excitement of winning was the same in week 10 as it was in week one. Valerie would run to victory lane after every win and congratulate David, take lots of pictures and remind David to thank his sponsors. After thanking Mom and Dad, He would make very sure that he thanked every single one of his sponsors every single week without fail.

  At the Chemung Banquet, I asked David about his plans for 2014. He tells me that his plans as of now are to return in the Bandolero in 2014 to defend his track title. With his parents support in his racing career, this polite and very talented 13 year old driver will be part of this business for a long time and I am certain with a ton of success.



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