10 Questions with…Jacob Vanoskey

Driver of the #84 Super Late Model and Late Model

How did you get into racing?
I started going when I was three; my dad and uncle would take me to Slinger every week. I started driving at 14 with the 4-cylinder and it went from there to Midwest Sportsman, Late Model, and then Super Late Model.

What do you like about Slinger Super Speedway?
Just the speed and the challenge of it. It’s pretty difficult to have a consistent setup and figure it out. It’s a lot different than other places in that respect,

Who do you need to thank?
Crew: My dad-Brian, my uncle-Jimmy, my wife-Amanda, my cousin-Steve and Todd Pauly. Sponsors: IBEW Local 494, Bunzel’s Meat Market, Keith’s Marina, Broadway Auto Sales, Galioto’s Collision, Reed Racing, Dave’s Lanes, and D&D Muffler and Tire

What is your real job? I’m a butcher. I cut up chicken and play with poultry for Bunzel’s Meat Market in Milwaukee.

Do you have any pre-race traditions/superstitions/foods/etc
Not really. I’m pretty quiet and keep to myself. I don’t like to talk too much before the races,

What is your favorite racing memory at Slinger?
Probably winning the Nationals in the Midwest Sportsman in 2007. That was only my 6th or 8th race after moving up from the 4-cylinders to the full-bodied, rear-wheel-drive cars. I told everyone I wanted to do good at the Nationals, and then I went out and won it!

How did you get your car number (#84)?
I raced it in video games and saw it was a number that’s not used all that often, so I went with it.

What is your favorite food?
Strawberries and chicken wings.

If you could have dinner with any two people, who would they be?
Tony Stewart – I grew up watching him. Michael Schumacher – I grew up watching him too and loved the way he raced, his attitude, and his commitment to it.

Which Slinger driver (past or present) do you respect the most?
Al Schill because I grew up watching him and he was always a clean driver. He raced people hard, but was respectful.