The father-and-son branch of Awareness Motorsports has been working diligently to prepare both their Stock and Super Stock Ford Mustangs for competition in 2021, and they’re eying the Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage Southern Sportsman Showdown at South Georgia Motorsports Park as one of their first events of the year.
“We have not raced an event like this before,” said Aaron Puff, the second-generation racer who got the bug from his father, Larry. “And this is a chance to race with some of the best Stock and Super Stock racers in the country.”
Larry, who recently celebrated his 75th birthday, is the driver of the car the team calls “Project Super Stocker.” It’s a 1985 Ford Mustang GT that he’s owned since it was brand new, and it’s going to be back on the track in 2021 after 20 years out of rotation. It features a Ford 302 under the hood and a Liberty’s Gears modified Doug Nash 5-speed.
Aaron races “Project Stocker,” a 1985 Ford Mustang LX with the same engine and transmission set-up as his dad’s racecar.
The two typically race local to their home base in Battle Creek, Mich., so the trip down to South Georgia Motorsports Park for the Southern Sportsman Showdown would be a stretching experience for them.
Their usual schedule includes competing in the Great Lakes Stock/Super Stock Association as well as the Great Lakes Stick-Shift Shootout Series, and regionally, they race NMCA’s Stock/Super Stock Combo class. However, the team sees branching out with a trip to the Southern Sportsman Showdown March 19-21 as a beneficial opportunity.
“In addition to the payouts, we feel like this event will provide national exposure for our team and partners,” Aaron said. “As a class racer, it’s great to finally get the chance to race at a big-money event tailored to us.”
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