Eric has been Bracket Racing since 1998. His late father used to take him to the track as a child to watch and even sometimes his father would race the very 1969 Camaro that Eric races today. The 1969 Camaro Z/28 was purchased by Eric's Father in January of 1977, and Eric was born in December of 1976. In February of 1977 Eric's name was put on the title of the Camaro alongside his fathers. At only 2 months old Eric would be the proud owner of the Camaro. Eric's father passed away in 1995.
In 1998 Eric began his racing career in the "Sportsman" class. In his very first race Eric would get his very first of many wins. In 1999 Eric competed in his first full season chasing his first of many Points Championships. Eric won that Points Championship in 1999. Since that first Championship in 1999 to present day 2011 Eric has won a total of 12 Points Championships at 3 different race tracks in Indiana including 2 IHRA Summit Super Series Points Championships, but most impressively 3 straight at NHRA's current Division 3 Track of the year Lyon's Raceway Park.
Eric's low budget approach to racing is much different than many others. "You don't have to have the fastest, nicest, or most expensive racecar to win races" says Bowling. As this holds true as his rig consists of a 200,000 mile ? ton Chevy truck and a 2003 model year open trailer. "I race to make money and a profit at the end of the year, I don't race to have fun or make friends at the track it's a business for me." Eric says. "I have to be able to justify every dime I spend, racing pays for racing and I'm lucky enough for racing to put some extra money in my pocket".
Eric was also selected this racing season by Pro Racer Luke Bogacki to be a part of his website (www.thisisbracketracing.com) to write a monthly column about his racing season. Bogacki would have some very flattering words about Bowling as he say's "Eric may be the most accomplished bottom bulb racer that competitors outside the Midwest don't know by name, he races and wins a lot". Those are pretty big words from a very successful racer. "When I saw that Luke had said that about me to be honest I actually felt like I had accomplished something, I mean someone of Luke's caliber to say something like that, really meant a lot to me and it really has boosted my confidence" Bowling said. "Luke is a really down to earth guy and is easy to approach and talk to, there are only a select few guys of his caliber that I can say that about, and he is truly just a good dude." Eric added. As the season comes to a close Eric and Father in Law Don Cain have been working on a new ride for 2012. They were able to make the Debut of the new ride a couple of weeks ago as Eric would take the brand new ride into the Winner's Circle the first time out.
So when you see an old beat up Chevy Truck with a red 69 Camaro or a bright green Blazer on the trailer roll through the gates and at the end of the day you hear the name Eric Bowling and you say to yourself "Eric Who"? You'll learn soon enough? it's Eric Bowling that just loaded you on the trailer. Bowling would like to thank his current marketing partners for their support throughout the 2011 season; Eric would like to thank Mickey Thompson Tires, Luke Bogaki and thisisbracketracing.com, Ohio Crankshaft, Spy Optics, Don Cain, Skaggs Transmissions, Prestolite Performance, RaceonE85.com, Mother Lou, Stritto Sign Art Company, wife Amy, and his #1 fan Daughter Isabella.
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