For the sixth time in his nearly 30 year career, Toby McIntyre won a championship at Oregon’s Coos Bay Speedway.
But, for the first time, he also won the Oregon State championship.
Toby won his second straight street stock title at Coos Bay, a NASCAR Home Track in Coos Bay, Oregon, after finishing the year with nine wins and 16 top fives in 17 races.
The success of his season helped him win the Coos Bay title by 28 points, and the Oregon State championship by 26 points. He had such a big lead in the track points it didn’t even matter that he had car troubles and didn’t make the main event during the final race of the season. No one could catch him at that point.
Not racing on the final night also gave McIntyre a chance to watch his two sons compete in the street stock race against his brother.
“It was pretty exciting being able to watch them go at it, and my youngest son, who most reminds me of myself and the way I drive, he’s super talented, made a last lap pass on my brother to get first place, so that was pretty fun to watch,” McIntyre said.
Toby is one of five McIntyres in Coos Bay’s street stock division. He is a third generation racer, and his sons, Jesse and Tyler, are fourth generation racers.
Jesse had five wins this year and led the points for most of the season until Toby passed him late and ran away with the title. He finished third. Tyler finished sixth, Toby’s brother, Loren, finished eighth, and his dad, Kelly, finished 12th.
“We are very competitive,” Toby said of his family. “That’s actually the cool thing about it is we’re very competitive and we want to beat each other more than anything out on the track. It makes for interesting shop time. We always banter back and forth and it’s pretty fun.”
The entire McIntyre family helps in the race shop, learns from each other and helps the other get faster. Even though they’re competitive, the hope is that if one gets better they all get better, which makes for more fun races.
Jesse has even beat his dad three times.
“He doesn’t let me live it down at all,” Toby said with a laugh. “It was definitely a proud dad moment, but also like, dang it, I wasn’t ready for you to beat me yet.”
He credits his family’s success with the work they all put in. Toby’s wife videos almost every race so he can study his driving and the way his competitors drive.
“A lot of times on the track I’ll know what lines they’re (other drivers) going to take or know what they’re going to do before they know because I watch video and watch video and watch video. I study that and study technology for cars, shocks, springs, whatever it takes to get to the top.
“Even if we win the race we don’t just leave the car in the trailer and say its fast, it’s good. We’ll take them out, check them over. We’ll continue to tweak on them to make them faster. We study, we do whatever we can to make sure we’re still on the top.”
Toby’s mom and dad both raced in the 1960s and ’70s. In 1991, when he was 16, Toby’s dad put him in his car and let the young McIntyre race for the first time.
“I was actually in third most of the race and a lap car screwed me up,” Toby said of his first race. “I finished eighth out of 20.”
It didn’t take him long to realize why his family loved racing so much.
“I’ve always just loved the adrenaline rush,” he said. “It was just natural for me, the competitiveness. Growing up playing baseball and football, after graduation I didn’t go any further than that, I kind of missed that aspect of it and said, I can still race. After my first race I was just hooked. It was all over.”
Toby loves racing and the feeling of being on the track, but what has kept him in the sport is the fans. He’s grown what he calls “a pretty cool fan base,” of people young and old, and he’s started giving his trophies to kids who come down to visit in the pits after races.
When he was first starting out, he competed against drivers he grew up idolizing, “and beating them, which was really cool,” he said. Now, he has his sons, and other drivers treating him with the same respect, while also trying to best him on the track.
“The kids’ faces, the smiles on their faces, it’s hard to explain,” he said. “Seeing them and future racers, I had kids who grew up watching me race and now they’re coming and racing and it’s been pretty cool to see the sport continue on.”