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The Driver

BJ McLeod was born on November 17, 1983 in the small town of Wauchula, FL. BJ’s father introduced his son to ATV racing at the young age of 3. BJ, at age 5, moved on to Karts making an unprecedented mark at the Regional, State, and National levels. He dominated the series by setting several track records and capturing 18 championships during his Karting career. In 1997, at 13 years of age, BJ began his stock car career at Orlando Speedworld in the Super Late Model division (SLM). In August of 1997, BJ won his first SLM race, making him the youngest driver in the nation to accomplish this feat. BJ also became the youngest driver to qualify and compete in an A.S.A. sanctioned race. He qualified and raced in the Sweet Potato 400 at Kinly Motor Speedway finishing 18th out of a field of 32 cars. BJ topped the previous record held by Mark Martin (18 yrs old) and then Glenn Allen (17 yrs. old).

In 1998, BJ successfully won 21 feature races at Orlando Speedworld and New Smyrna Speedway. He finished top two in 52 of the 84 races. He took home the track championship at both tracks and won the overall championship for FASCAR. Also in 1998, BJ competed in his first Southern All-Star Race in Montgomery, AL. and in 1999 began competing full time in the highly competitive Southern All Star Series. During the Southern All Star Series, he captured two wins, one at the 200-lap race at Orange County Speedway and the 150-lap race at 411 Motor Speedway. The 1999 year was busy as BJ wrapped up the title of Rookie of the Year and second in the overall points standing.

BJ has competed in several Florida Super Late Model Series including, Brighthouse Challenge Series, All American Challenge Series, Sunbelt Super Late Model Series, and the World Series of Asphalt Racing. In 2006, BJ won the Brighthouse Championship and is the current 2010 champion of the convened World Series of Asphalt Racing. Along with over 80 wins in the Super Late Model division, BJ has set track records at Orlando Speed world, Desoto Superspeedway, New Smyrna Speedway, Punta Gorda Speedway and finished top three five times at Lakeland International Speedway.

In 2003, Mike Loescher, of Finish Line Racing School, asked BJ to join him as an instructor of the nationally known school for up and coming drivers, of which BJ attended at the age of 13.

BJ aspires to advance his career in stock car racing and currently runs a limited schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. BJ finished his approval process for CWTS in 2011 and is determined to climb the racing ladder.

Off the Track, BJ graduated with honors in 2000 at the age of 16 from Highlands County Christian School. BJ’s hobbies include ATV riding, water sports, snowboarding, spending time with friends and family, and advancing his knowledge in the sport of racing.

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