When Jack Sellers made his debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 1985, the series was known as the NASCAR Winston West Grand National Division. On a national level, Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States, the highest grossing movie of the year was "Back to the Future" with Michael J. Fox and the song of the year was "Careless Whisper" by Wham.
" Series heads to Colorado National Speedway"
A lot has changed since then, but Sellers has continued to motor along. He is set to make his 250th series start on Saturday in the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Colorado National Speedway">Colorado National Speedway.
With each race, Sellers extends his record for the most starts by a driver in the modern era of the series (1971 to present). Already 40 years old when he started racing in the series, the Sacramento, Calif., driver celebrated his 67th birthday last week.
Sellers competed in his first event at Sonoma, Calif., on April 28, 1985 and ran five races that season, finishing 11th twice. He has been a part of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West for the 27 seasons since.
"I never would have dreamed that I would go this far," said Sellers, who registered a career-best finish of seventh on four occasions. "When you've been doing it so long, it's not something that you can just quit."
There have been struggles along the way, but Sellers and his team have never been a group to give up.
"Not that I expect to win, but I expect to do better," he said. "It's always a challenge."
Early in his career, Sellers raced the full series schedule. He finished in the top 10 of the championship standings in seven of eight seasons between 1987 and 1994, with his best year being 1993 when he was fifth in points. In other years, Sellers opted not to compete in all the races. And for several seasons, between 1997 and 1999, he only ran a handful of events. In recent years, however, Sellers has run the bulk of the schedule each season."