By Harold Raker
The Daily Item
The name "Campbell" is synonymous with stock car racing in the Valley, so there was little doubt as to where Danville's Adam Campbell would end up.
Drag racing, right?
That's right, the son of chassis builder Tim and nephew of veteran late model driver Steve took a leave of absence, so to speak, from the dirt of the Selinsgrove Speedway to the pavement of Numidia Dragway, and occasionally Beaver Springs Dragway.
After working with the family at the race tracks (Port Royal and Selinsgrove) since he was a youngster, and trying his hand at both go-kart and soap box racing, Adam was ready for a clean break.
"I guess I was just a little too young and hyper," he said of the early racing.
"I was just goofing around with a buddy (who was) drag racing and I kind of got sucked into that," he said.
"I thought 'If I go do that, they won't lecture me," he said with a laugh. "There are family rivalries, we pick but it's all in fun and good sport."
His father built the car, but it was difficult for the Campbells to help him, because of their own commitments to the late model.
But, after racing in a straight line for eight years, the 28-year-old decided to return to the family roots, as a rookie in Selinsgrove's pro stock division this season.
"I like to come and help (Steve and his crew), but it's hard to be up late at night and then want to do (drag racing) on Sunday. And this was more fun, it's what I grew up doing," said Adam as his crew got his car ready for a night of racing at Selinsgrove.
Adam was helping the Campbell racing team, which also has included uncles Bob, Ben, Jim and Mike, since he was very young. Too young.