Column By: BRITTANY NUTILE / RPW – ELLINGTON, CT – After moving up to the SK Lights division at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl midway through 2020, young Jason Chapman has his sights set on gaining more experience as he furthers his racing career this season.
Chapman also made one start at the Stafford Motor Speedway at the end of the season and has plans to run at the track again in 2021 on a part-time basis.
Jason is the part of the well-known Chapman racing family. His brothers are Steven, who is the oldest, and Tyler, who is Jason’s twin. All three raced together last year in that final event at Stafford.
“Racing with my brothers was definitely interesting,” Chapman said. “Even though I wasn’t side by side with them, it was still very fun to participate and I would like to do it again in 2021.”
Jason plans are to run full-time in the SK Light division at the Speedbowl, but plans to run at a handful of events at Stafford.
“That last race at Stafford wasn’t my first time racing an SK Light,” he said. “I have raced a SK Light at Waterford Speedbowl and really enjoy that track.”
Racing with his brothers is different than regular people. He still races like he normally would, but has to be a little more careful around them.
The young Ellington, CT-native has been racing at Stafford Speedway since he was about five years old. Until about two years ago, he’d been racing in the kart division on Monday nights.
“I got into racing mainly because of my dad,” he said. “Dad raced back in the ’80s & ’90s at Riverside Park and Stafford. Then he found out about Monday night go karting racing at Stafford for us and the rest is history.”
Watching Jason race with his brothers is definitely fun to see. It’s very exciting and fans will get to experience it more this coming season. I can’t wait to see what he and his brothers will do in 2021.