John Watson

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John Watson


John Watson drives the #4W Hobby Stock car.  His home track is Boone Speedway but the can also be found racing at Iowa State Fair Speedway.  He lives in Des Moines, IA.

John started racing in 1992 in the Hobby Stock Class at Stuart Speedway because it was a family tradition.  His first win was in 1995 in the Hobby Stock Class at Stuart Speedway, the car was built by his Uncle Jack Gyles.  Career highlights include winning the Iowa State Fair Speedway race in Hobby Stock and placing 3rd at Super Nationals in Hobby Stock.

2010 Brought John 12 Feature wins and the Track Championship at the Iowa State Fair , and Stuart Speedway.

John increased his feature wins to 18 in 2011

The thrill of racing for John is the speed and competition.  His most exciting racing moment was his first win.  He's most proud of bringing his son into racing, with two more to follow.

John's racing hero is Jeff Gordon.

Of racing, John says, "Have fun!".

His favorite racing website is




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