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Racing helped Dustin set a Guinness world record

Fast cars are in his blood
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Photo courtesy Dustin Jackson

Dustin Jackson has been around racing as long as he can remember.

He’s still young, but heavily involved in stock car racing and has made a name for himself with some of his accomplishments.

SooToday chatted with Jackson recently as part of our Q&A series, discussing a variety of topics.

Q: What’s your first sports memory?

A: My first sports memory was at the racetrack growing up watching my dad and my family members race at Laird International Raceway.

Q: What other sports are you interested in that people wouldn’t expect.?

A: I am very interested in hockey. I have played since I was 4 and grew up watching the NHL and following the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Q: Who are two people, dead or alive, that you would like to have dinner with and why?

A: I would like to have dinner with the legends of my favourite sports which would be Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Wayne Gretzky, I would really like to hear some of their memories and things they did to become so successful.

Q: What non-sports career are you interested in and why?

A: I’m interested in being an auto mechanic or heavy equipment because I love to work on motorized vehicles and I know where there’s lots of job opportunities in that trade.

Q: What person, living or dead, do you admire most and why?

A: I admire my dad and I am thankful to have him put me in this sport and create so many good times and memories along the way.

Q: If you could be commissioner for a day, what changes would you make to the sport?

A:  If I was able to make changes to the sport there’s not a whole lot I would want to do, but If I had control over NASCAR, I would make them into much shorter races and try and make it more entertaining for the fans.

Q: What’s the most important life lesson you’ve learned?

A: The most important life lesson I’ve learned would be to focus on school and get a good education to have a good career.

Q: What’s something people would be surprised to learn about you?

A: I was awarded and received at the age of 10 a certificate from the Guinness World Records for being the youngest stock car driver.

Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

A: I would choose to fly because you could go anywhere you want and you don’t have to pay for a plane.

Q: If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you bring with you?

A: Fresh water, a knife and a fishing line.