DO YOU KNOW TIM VIENS?
Mooresville, North Carolina (May 18, 2023) - Many know Tim Viens as the owner and driver for G2G Racing in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series. But what don’t you know? That will be answered.
First, let's start with what we know. Tim Viens, born October 10th,1976; from South Hero, Vermont. Growing up around Burlington, Vermont, Viens quickly took a liking to the game of football. He quickly grasped it, playing for South Burlington High School, before taking his talents to Glenville State University. Here he polished his football skills as a place kicker.
Then, he took a huge step in his playing career, trying out for the Miami Dolphins to be their next place kicker in the late 1990s. Although the tryout did not go in his favor, Viens was determined to play professional football anywhere he could.
He landed with the Plattsburgh North Stars, a semi-professional football team that played throughout the Northeast. After a short stint with the team, he relocated to Florida, playing for the Daytona Beach Hawgs, which were later renamed the Thunder. This team was an arena football team.
After his time in professional arena football, it gave him the idea to transition to team ownership. Therefore, he chose to launch a professional arena team of his own, in his hometown of Burlington, Vermont. Creating the Vermont Bucks.
His first signing was Daytona Beach coach, Ervin Bryson. This hire proved to be a winning move, as the Bucks went on to win their league championship in 2017.
Of course, we know him as the relentless entrepreneur, creating the largest broker of nursery stock on the Eastern Seaboard. Inventing tools like Boat Gadget; even assisting his sister and her husband SubSafe, which was featured on the popular television series, Shark Tank, by investors Mark Cuban and Charles Barkley. But, Viens felt a much different calling after his days in professional football.
But, we never knew much about his passion for criminal justice.
“I always loved criminal justice,” Viens said of college. “I felt like it gave me my purpose in life outside of football. I knew that I could play professional football, but that would eventually come to an end. Therefore, I had to have a game plan.”
Viens studied criminal justice in college, thus starting his journey into the police academy.
“That was probably my most proud time of my life,” Viens said. “I wanted to use my degree and my passion to help serve the public.”
Viens enrolled in the police academy, graduating with high honors. He then moved on to serve as a police officer for the South Burlington Police Department.
“That was such a great time,” Viens said. “I was doing what I loved and helping protect the community I came from. I saw it as an opportunity to give back to the community I grew up in, and it was so satisfying.”
He later transferred to the Vermont Department of Corrections. Even when he wasn’t serving the department of corrections, he was a volunteer firefighter for South Hero (Vermont) for eight years.
After serving in state law enforcement, he then chose to take his career in another direction, joining the Vermont Air National Guard. After serving for an incredible eight years, he left the Air National Guard, where he began to focus on a racing career. He then ran late models, the ARCA Menards Series, and finally made his way to the upper echelon of NASCAR. In that span, he went from strictly a driver to becoming a team owner in 2021 with G2G Racing. Thus, this is the Tim Viens we have come to know.
Professional football player. Entrepreneur. Police Officer. National Guardsman.
At the end of the day, Viens is more proud of his accomplishments serving the community, than those on the football field or race track. And that will be what he is remembered for.
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