Unbuckled: Getting to Know Bryan P. Wall


Hometown: East Kingston, NH

Division: Allen Lumber Street Stocks

Car: FordTrucksCheap.info #77 Ford Mustang

2018 Season: Finished 9th in Street Stock points; Street Stock Rookie of the Year


What are your favorite hobbies outside of racing?

I have a couple; racing is obviously my favorite hobby though. Other than racing, I really like drumming, as some people have seen. I do that a lot – it’s one of my favorite things to do when I come home from school. I also play basketball. I like to play video games, but I mostly play racing games. (Laughs) I also like to make other kinds of music on my computer. But I really don’t have many other significant hobbies – just racing and other stuff.

What do you do for school/work?

I’m a sophomore in high school right now. I don’t really take any advanced classes. I mainly show up, get my work done, and either come home or go to basketball practice. For work, I work at our family’s car dealership (Wall’s Ford). I’m a service advisor there. I haven’t been able to work as much as I used to be able to during the summer because of basketball after school, but I try to come in when I can. I enjoy coming in and working beside my dad, and other close family friends, and people I’ve known for a while.

What are your racing plans for 2019? Do you have any goals?

The goals for 2019 are just to be consistent and try to finish as high as we can in points. Nothing’s really going to change from this year – we’re still going to be in the Street Stocks with the same car and the same basic approach. Obviously I can’t run for Rookie of the Year again, but we’re just going to try to have consistent finishes and maybe get a top-5 in points. That’s a pretty good goal to set. But we just want to do well and have a good, fun season.

What was the highlight of the 2018 season for you?

The Milk Bowl finish was probably the highlight of the past year. That was really fun. I actually couldn’t believe it when I finished third in the Milk Bowl. That was definitely one of the best days, not only of last season, but of my whole life. I really enjoyed that – it was so fun.

What did winning Rookie of the Year mean to you?

When we went into the season, I really didn’t expect that we would win Rookie of the Year. I just thought we were going to have a learning season. But Jason and all the guys at the shop gave us such a good car that we could actually contend for Rookie of the Year. After the first three or four races, we were like, “Okay, maybe we have a decent shot.” And then by halfway through the year, I was like, “Okay, maybe we can win this!” Actually winning it is something I though was just so cool. I mean, it was my first full season. Winning Rookie of the Year helped assure me that this is what I was meant to do and that racing is something I should continue doing and something I should also try to have fun with and enjoy.

How did you get started in racing?

I’ve always liked racing because of my dad. (Ed. Note: Bryan’s dad, Bryan Sr., was a multi-time NASCAR Busch North Series winner.) I always knew he was a racer, and I always enjoyed cars. A couple years ago – this was after we went to a NASCAR race at NHMS – I asked him, “Can we get a car and race at a short track or something?” I’d been to Lee a couple times and Star, so I knew there were short track divisions. So I thought we should get a go-kart or a small car and do something – I didn’t really know anything about it, though. My grandpa (John) took me to Thunder Road because we were looking at cars, and I met some pretty cool people. I actually didn’t get to watch a race that day, because the event rained out, but I got to go into the pits and meet people and see all the cars. And I just thought, “This is really cool. I really want to do this.” So my dad and my grandpa made it happen.

What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?

I’ll go with racing for this. My biggest accomplishment there isn’t even an award or a specific race – it’s just how much I’ve enjoyed it and how much fun I had last season being able to race every week. We put up pretty decent finishes some races, and some we didn’t have good finishes, but overall we had a really good season last year and a great first complete season. It was just so good to know that this is something we can actually do, and if we put more time and effort into it and keep getting good cars from Jason and everyone at the shop, we can actually contend. Jason is the driver of the #68 Tiger, and he, Gup, and everyone else really help us put our car together. We bought our Street Stock from him – that’s the one his daughter Kelsea drove the year prior.

Can you tell me about your family?

Everyone in my family really matters to me, but my dad and my grandfather have been so helpful with racing. I remember being at the house and my dad pulling in with an old beat-up Cavalier on the trailer, and he said, “This is yours”. It was awesome. We showed up to Speedway 51 for our first race, and he and my grandpa were there, and my mom and sister were there too, and it was just so nice. I didn’t realize how much of a family sport racing was, but it’s really nice to have my whole family – especially my dad and my grandfather – come and support me every race I go to. When I’m in the pits, they’re coaching me and they’re telling me what I can do better and what I’ve done well. Also, just knowing my mom and my sister are proud of me and they’re up in the stands watching me is really cool. I genuinely did not know how much of a family sport racing was before this. I’ve never experienced such a sport where families come together and you get the best out of each other.

Do you have anybody that you consider a role model?

Again, my dad and my grandpa are both definitely a role model and hero to me. Not just for what they’ve accomplished on the track, but also just the people they are. My grandfather’s a great guy, and he’s a great grandfather. I see him almost every other day – I just love him so much. And my dad is a great person and he really helps me out with everything. He’s just a really good dad. That’s who I want to be – I just want to be something anywhere near them when I grow up.

What’s the most memorable trip you ever went on?

We went to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic with my dad, my grandpa, my uncle Cris, and pretty much my whole dad’s side of the family. That was pretty fun. It was great to see uncle Cris not completely stressed out.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

That’s a good question. I’d probably want to be able to fly. That would be pretty cool. I don’t really know why, but I’ve always thought that would be fun to do since I was a kid.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is probably when people are too full of themselves and really think highly of themselves. That’s just something that’s always really gotten to me. At school, some kids will talk themselves up, and it’s always just really annoyed me.

What are the top three items on your bucket list?

I really want to see Metallica live. That would definitely be one of them. Another would be that I want to go see a race at Talladega or Daytona – either one of those tracks. I’ve always really wanted to do that. The third thing is that I want to play live in a concert. That would be pretty cool.

Finish this sentence: on a Friday night, you’ll typically find me…

I normally either go to my friend’s house or have my friends come over, and we just hang out playing video games and stuff like that. Nothing really that interesting – just me and my two best friends. We hang out all the time.

Who is your biggest fan at the track?

That’s probably my grandfather. I don’t think he missed a single race last season. He’s always up in the stands, and he always comes back to the pits after I go through practice, or qualifying, or an actual feature. He congratulates me, or tells me what I probably should have done better, but he’s always supporting me. So I’d definitely have to say him.

If you could give one piece of advice or a life lesson to others your age, what would it be?

I know I’m guilty of this sometimes, too, but I would say to put down your phone and just try to enjoy life as much as you can in the moment. I know sometimes I’m on my phone too much, too, but I try to put it down as much as I can and live in the moment.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I’ll probably be at college. I kind of want to go to UVM, but I’m not dead-set sure on what college, obviously – I’m only a sophomore. But hopefully I’ll be in college, and also racing during the summer, and just overall having a fun time and doing what I really love, which is racing and going to school to eventually graduate college one day. It’s probably a little early to say what I want to study – maybe business or something, but I really don’t know.

What would you do with your life if you never had to worry about money again?

I’d buy a NASCAR team and go have fun!