Akinori Ogata – A Japanese NASCAR Fairytale

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The NASCAR Championships are pretty much popular in the United States, but they have gained a lot of popularity worldwide throughout the years. The most successful non-US-born driver is Marcos Ambrose, winning twice a NASCAR Cup Series race and five times a NASCAR Xfinity Series race. There are many drivers who have tried their luck over the years, but just a few have been determined enough to reach their goals.

Akinori Ogata is a precise example of such a character who never gave up despite the difficulties. The Japanese came to the United States back in 2003 when he started pursuing a stock car racing career. He raced in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock in the beginning of his professional days in the new country. However, he was struggling to compete with the much younger and up-and-coming competition.

The 48-year-old driver made history by winning his first victory in the United States on April 9th at Hickory Motor Speedway as a part of the track’s Limited Late Model division. His sheer determination and hard work paid off in the end after having a long career on American soil.

Denis Kirilov
Denis Kirilov has extensive knowledge of sports, from soccer and tennis to some of the more popular American sports. He has followed the NBA, NHL, and MLS for over a decade and enjoys providing sports reviews and predictions for upcoming games.

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