LIMA — Adversity can come at a moment’s notice.
Terry Hull learned that first-hand this past spring.
“I got sick at the end of March and ended up with cancer in one of my kidneys,” Hull said. “On April 30, I had the kidney removed.”
Last week was Hull’s first week back at Limaland Motorsports Park. Even though Hull experienced a life-altering experience, he is happy to be back doing what he loves.
“It feels great to be back,” Hull said. “I’m not quite at 100 percent but I’m close to it. I have a lot of friends there (at Limaland) and it was good to see the people that I normally saw.”
Hull mentioned racing at Limaland has become almost second nature to him.
“Limaland is home for me,” Hull said. “Dr. Jarvis from UNOH has always treated me very well. It’s a great venue and a first-class facility. I would do anything for them.”
Throughout his career, Hull has won seven track championships at three different tracks. He said he’s won close to 100 features and more than 30 of those features have been at Limaland.
Since Hull normally works 12-hour days as a semi-truck driver, he doesn’t get to spend a lot of time working on his car. He leaves that up to the great team he has.
“My crew chief is Rick Zoch and my partner is Tim Smith,” Hull said. “I also have Tim’s son Brad helping me along with Scott Jahn. My two sons also help out. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t even be close. They take care of everything with the car.”
With family being involved, Hull enjoys racing a lot more.
“It’s great because my youngest son is 14 and my oldest boy is 22,” Hull said. “My wife and daughter come a lot too so it’s great to have everybody together at times.”
Even though Hull is out of contention for the points championship this year, that doesn’t mean he won’t be pushing toward the front of the line every week.
“I am going to try to win some races,” Hull said. “It’s a matter of getting back into the swing of things. It’s also the matter of showing myself that I can do it.”
Having to battle cancer and endure all of the hardships that go with that, Hull now looks at life a different way.
“The one thing that I learned from cancer is take life one day at a time,” Hull said. “I’ve met a lot of good people and have made some great friendships there (at Limaland) that will last forever. That really means a lot to me and I don’t take that for granted. It’s great to be there.”