For four years, Brandon Creech chased a dream.
He wanted desperately to pull the No. 723 into victory lane at his home track at Richmond Raceway.
He had watched as his father and uncle both accomplish that feat.
"I had won features at other tracks, but never at Richmond. For four seasons I hadn't won a feature and I kept telling them that I would love to win one," 24-year-old Creech explained.
This season, Creech finally accomplished his goal.
Then did it again.
On May 25, Creech won his first-ever feature at the track and then followed that up with a victory on June 3.
"You can't take it for granted," the driver said of winning at his home track. "When I finally got that win -- I was so excited. I told the reporter there in Victory Lane to pinch me, because I thought I was dreaming. Then to come back and to have pulled back-to-back wins -- it was just amazing."
Finally getting that monkey off his back was a relief for the fourth-generation driver, who describes himself as a competitor at heart and strives to win every race.
Even against his own family.
Almost every weekend, Creech goes to head-to-head against his father, "Wild Bill" Robinson, who doesn't make it easy on his son -- whose nickname is "Wild Child."
"I'm the child of Wild Bill… and he's a competitor too. It's in our blood. I have had to trade paint with him sometimes out there. I can't let him beat me too bad. We try to put on a good show for the fans," Creech said of racing against his father.
The pair race in the KDRA stock division -- and so far this season -- Creech said he's ahead of his father.
"He schools me every now and then and sometimes I school him. I have two more wins under my belt this season than he has got -- so, for now, I'm getting lucky," Creech said with a laugh.
The driver said his grandfather drove for 20 years and his uncle and father have been racing for 27 years.
Racing runs deep in the family and coming in first under the checkered flag is the ultimate goal on the dirt track.
Despite the competitive nature between father and son, Creech said his dad deserves a lot of credit for helping him to excel on the track.
Creech started racing full time in 2015 and his dad made sure he knew the responsibilities that go into owning and driving a race car.
"He told me whenever I got my race car that I had to keep it up and would he help me to work on the engine and do that part," Creech explained.
However, in 2016, the driver was struggling on the track with subpar equipment and motor.
"We just weren't racing at a competitive level. He could tell I was devastated and ashamed. I wanted to live up to our family legacy. I was putting everything I had into it and still wasn't winning. He could tell I was dedicated and he pulled me aside and promised me that next season I would have a fast car," Creech recalled.
Robinson unselfishly took a step back from racing in 2017 to dedicate his time to making sure Creech could have a top notch car ready for the track.
Creech said he was able to secure some dedicated sponsors as his dad worked to build his son a competitive car.
"I still have that car," the driver said of his No. 723. "I honestly couldn't do it without my family. My mom and dad are there every step of the way. It's pretty much a big ol' family team."
After Creech was set, Robinson went back into the driver's seat himself to test their creation on the track.
"I'm grateful to my family. They have helped me live my dream and give me so many opportunities. Having a family of drivers, it was absolutely a tremendous help to me. I didn't go in the sport without knowing anything. They told me how to drive and helped me every step of the way," Creech said.
The driver started in dirt bike racing, but left the sport when he was 13-years-old after a bad accident.
When he was old enough to drive, Creech said he knew he was destined to be on a track again -- this time in a car.
"Dirt track racing was always the main goal," the driver explained. "I loved dirt bikes. I rode the wheels off of those things. I knew I always wanted to race something. When I first got into a car on the track, there was a lot of mixed emotions. I fell in love with it as soon as I hit the track. I think my first time out I managed to get a top five finish."
Since then, Creech has racked up more than 30 wins on the dirt track.
"It's a whole lot of fun," the driver said of racing. "I would describe it as an adrenaline rush. It's kind of an addiction, really. I tell everyone all the time that it is a very expensive hobby. So if you don't want to get rid of your money -- don't get into it."
It's the relationships on and off the track that are the most rewarding for Creech, though.
"It's great when you make friends with the guys you are competing against. You cheer for your friends when they win and then you can kick back and laugh about what happened during the race. I'm so fortunate to be able to race with family and have the support on my fiancee and friends."
"She supports me a lot. She's goes to the racetrack every chance she can. I couldn't do it without her," Creech said.
In February, Creech welcomed another fan to the world when his daughter, Harper, was born.
"I just thank the good man above," the driver said. "I've get to share this experience with my family and friends and have so many great sponsors supporting me. Everyone works so hard day in and day out to get the car ready to race."
Creech said he has had some great luck recently -- an apt thing -- for a driver with three lucky numbers on his car.
"I knew I wanted triple digits on my car. 23 has always been my favorite number and seven is lucky, so I figured it was good combination," the driver explained. "We are having some good luck on our side -- so it might be helping."
Creech joked he needs all the help he can on the track with many veterans -- including his father.
"I'm one of the younger drivers out there. A lot of them have been racing for years and have a lot of experience. They don't make it easy on the young guns," the driver said with a laugh.
It might not be simple, but Creech said he is grateful for the chance to try.
"I always loved it and I can't get enough of it to be honest," the driver said. "To go out there every weekend with my family, it makes all the hard work worth it."