"Mr. Enduro" Magee Hoping for Win
By Ken de la Bastide
26, 2011) –
During the 2009 season Cathage veteran driver
Johnny Magee put his mark on the Thunder Car Enduro races capturing four
That string of victories earned the veteran campaigned the title of “Mr.
Enduro” at Anderson Speedway during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
When the initial ThunderCar Enduro takes place this coming Saturday, Magee
is hoping to return to the winner’s circle. Last year Magee finished 13th
and 33rd in the two Enduro races.
Magee said starting position is not as
important as might be expected, adding that he only qualified up front for
one of the Enduo races and normally starts in the third or fourth row.
“The key to me is traffic,” he said. “You have to be really good about
thinking what’s ahead. A good engine is important, but you need a driver
that can make the car turn and drive smart."
Evidence of that philosophy is the fact that Magee won the Halloween 200 at
Salem Speedway in 2003 after starting last in the 97-car field.
Magee, 37, started racing a Street Stock at the age of 14 at Mt. Lawn and
Anderson Speedway and has raced something every year since then. His father
was a drag racer and the family always had race cars. Over the years Magee
has raced a modified on dirt and ThunderCars in Figure 8 action.
“I raced every Saturday until I had kids,” he explained. “I race now for
fun. I’ve won big races and track championships and I don’t have anything to
prove an more.”
His full time job is building racing engines for dragsters and oval track