“I’m not sure what his problem is,” John Troyer said. “I think he’s pretty much just an old geezer.”
Calloway, 19, is a Pioneer grad and is entering his sophomore year at Purdue, where he’s an agricultural systems manager major. His winning ride Thursday in the Briggs division went about as smoothly as possible.
“I took it easy the first part of the race,” he said. “I ended up getting by a few people and kept my black flags down and watched my speed.
“I was first or second through the first part of the race and took the lead for good about halfway through. Three-quarters through I got a pretty good lead.”
It was Calloway’s fourth running in the event. He finished third last year. He said he didn’t do anything special this time around.
“No, my machine is a pretty basic model. There are some pretty fancy ones, but mine was only a couple hundred dollars. Cheap and basic was the winning ticket,” he said.
Calloway wanted to thank Brad Wilson for helping him build his motor. He added he plans on competing at Twelve Mile for many years to come.
“It’s a good Fourth of July tradition,” he said.
The Modified division has almost no restrictions in regards to engines, transmissions, fuel, etc. Ulerick had the best mower in the field and led almost the entire way in a dominating performance.
Ulerick’s father, Darrell, helped him build his well-oiled machine, he said.
“I think my dad’s got two grand just in the motor itself,” he said.
Ulerick, 16, doesn’t even have his driver’s license yet. But he’s proven to be a talented driver. He finished runner-up in his first running of the event as a 13-year-old in 2010.