Local driver profile: Josh Fields

By Allen Earl - aearl@civitasmedia.com

Photo submitted Josh Fields and his No. 1 fan, daughter Ailee.

Allen Earl | Claiborne Progress Josh Fields attacks The Taz in 2010.

The Claiborne County area has no shortage of excellent racing drivers. Many of them start early by riding ATVs, go karts and motorcycles as kids. Josh Fields is a prime example of that.

Fields is the 24-year-old son of Debbie Fields and the late Randy Fields of New Tazewell. Josh was riding a Banshee 4-wheeler at the ripe old age of five. He then went from 4-wheelers to motocross and eventually then moved on to go karts.

At the age of 14, Fields began racing his first four-cylinder race car learning on Bulls Gap and Tazewell Speedway racing the four-cylinder for three years with the help of the Courtney Boys and Benchmark motors. He went on to win numerous races, Tazewell Speedway Rookie of the year and secured his first win also in 2005.

Fields took the next step and eventually moved on into the Sportsman Division at Tazewell Speedway. The 2014 season proved very successful as he went on to win 14 races and was hard to beat at Tazewell in his CVR chassis.

In 2015, the Fields Race Team decided it was time to move on as he was helped out financially by Mike Reece with Reece Monument Company as a main sponsor. Reece also sponsors dirt racing legend Scott Bloomquist in the Lucas Oil series. Along with a host of new sponsors aboard, a new crew chief was also hired on full time. Josh McGeorge was a fixture at Tazewell Speedway and learned the ropes of racing at an early age.

McGeorge has become a wonderful asset to the team. “We could not race without the knowledge and support of Josh Mcgeorge,” said Debbie Fields.

The team is currently visiting tracks all over the area with the addition of a brand new 2015 Brucebuilt Rocket and is looking for numerous wins to come. From the very start of the 2015 season at Talledga, Alabama in February the Fields Racing Team have been on the road.

Going up against the best racers all over the nation, Fields is still in search of his first 2015 win but has ran in the top ten at multiple events and continues to learn his new crate late model. The Fields Race Team will also enter a few steel head races later this year and will be focused on maintaining a full schedule of racing. Future plans are to keep on moving up both in racing class and driver skill levels.

Fields and McGeorge are two dedicated and determined speed freaks that are trying their best to reach the top of the racing world. The team intends to add races during the 2016 season in both Sportsman and Steel Head classes. They will focus their racing in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.

As with any great sports teams, sponsors are essential and the Fields Racing team said they appreciate theirs. “Mike Reece makes all this possible and we could not do it without him,” said Josh Fields. “Also, Debbie Fields of The Realty Group, Little Caesars Pizza of New Tazewell, A-1 Tint and Graphics of Tazewell, Matt Compton of State Farm in Tazewell, Tires Etc. also of Tazewell, Phantom Race Engines, Westhaven Spee, S&R Farms of Tazewell, Matlock Decals and Realty Mortgage Services.”

Josh Fields and Josh McGeorge say they are focused on making the best of this opportunity and with the continued help of some terrific sponsors, the sky is the limit.

Josh Fields said he also races to please his pride and joy and likely his biggest fan – three-year-old daughter Ailee Nicole Fields.

Reach Allen Earl at 423-254-5588 or on Twitter @pitchadude.

Photo submitted Josh Fields and his No. 1 fan, daughter Ailee.
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Allen Earl | Claiborne Progress Josh Fields attacks The Taz in 2010.
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By Allen Earl


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