Sandy, a Wilmington NC native, started racing at an early age of fourteen with the World Karting Associations dirt track series. He proceeded to Sports Car racing with the SCCA at the age of fifteen, and was state champion after his first year of competition. During his years at NC State University, Sandy was a crew member for Kenneth Trippy Pro Modified Bad Medicine Willy’s, as well as crew chief for his father’s Sports Car racing. After graduation of college with a Bachelors of Science in Technology Education in 1992, Sandy went to work for Nascar engine builder Charlie Long. He continued to work with the Tripp’s, his father, and Charlie Long, while systematically building his own drag racing operation, and working his way up to top sportsman competition. Drag racing competition eventually led Sandy to open his own engine building facility in Raleigh NC. Wilkins Motorsports Racing Engines started in 2006 and was an overnight success. With multiple wins, national records and championships Sandy was soon approached by Roush Yates Engines to head up their new Drag Racing program. In 2010 WMRE was closed and Sandy became the Drag Racing Program Manager at Roush Yates Performance Engine Group.