BRIGHTON, Tenn. – Tucker Boulton is about to embark upon a dream season.
The 17-year-old honor student, currently in his junior year of high school, will make his debut in 360ci winged sprint car competition this year driving for notable car owner Bobby Sparks.
“I’ve been wanting to do something like this and have been working for it since I was 4-years-old,” Boulton said. “Bobby noticed us and wanted to give us an opportunity. A friendship formed last year and we decided to put a car together. It’s really exciting.”
This year marks the 49th season that Sparks has been involved in racing, and he plans to have Boulton tackle the ASCS Mid-South Region schedule, along with a handful of other shows in the southern region.
“I’ve had a numerous amount of drivers from Sammy Swindell to Jack Hewitt to Tim Shaffer (drive for me),” Sparks said. “I got into kids because nobody really wants to take a chance on a young kid.
“I had a health issue and hadn’t raced in the last couple of years. When I started going back to the races at Riverside, I started watching this kid run the 305 and asked people who he was. He really impressed me the way he drove and way he conducted his race program.”
Boulton made his 305 sprint car debut in the fall of 2018, recording a top 10 while competing against 360 sprint cars at a United Sprint Car Series race.
Last year was his first full season in the division, and he earned both the Mid-South Sprint Car Ass’n and Riverside Int’l Speedway Rookie of the Year Awards.
Boulton placed second in the MSCA championship standings and third in the Riverside Int’l Speedway standings.
“I told Tucker if you want to we’ll put one of these together, put you in it and just start out slow and take it from there,” Sparks said in reference to one of his 360 sprint cars. “If you get a good relationship and you teach them how to communicate with you, nine times out of 10 you’ll be a successful deal.”
Boulton, who began racing when he was only 4-years-old and was a two-time national champion in go-karts before moving into mini sprints, will fill in his 2020 schedule driving his family-owned 305 sprint car alongside the 20-to-30 races in Sparks’ 360 sprint car.