Mat Box (#27) of Milton, took a step forward in 2011, thrusting himself in the mix of a championship battle in his FT Garage Late Model in 2011, and though Andrew Gresel pulled away early, Box was able to stay in the fight for second until the end, finishing fifth in the title chase.
Racing runs deep in the Box family, as Mat’s father Gord worked with Brad Jacques during his stellar career, while Uncle Doug is a long-time competitor in Grand Bend as a ‘straightliner’, who has now turning the racing portion of the operation
In 1998 Box started his racing career at the Grand Bend Speedway in a 9 HP kart, before moving to Sunset Speedway in the 4-cylinder Roadrunner division where he competed for four years, never finishing out of the top-five.
The next step for Box was to moved to Delaware Speedway and step up to the Late Model, where he has improved every season, earning the nickname ‘Stealth’ over the years. Smooth and fast, Box seems to be able to find his way into the top-five as the number of laps wane.
The Box Motorsports Team is backed by Maple City Tire, Transport Trailer Sales Inc., and Strict, and for Mat his career highlight hasn’t happened yet, but it will when he makes his first trip to victory lane at Delaware, as opposed to if. Until that time, he’ll settle for an 81st-place finish in the NASCAR Whelen All-American National points standings in 2010.