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Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 60
posted January 17, 2002 09:19 PM
My first dirt track racing experience took place about 29 yrs ago, when I was 2. I got to go to the track to watch dad. Now I dont remember much about them races, but am convinced that is how it all started. I have been a big fan of dirt track racing for yrs. I remember when I was in college, going to the local track on Sat. nights. All my buddies thought I was nuts. I was!!! I remember all the times upto about July of last year, sitting in the stands and telling myself " one of these days, one of these days." That day finally came in August of last year. I strapped myself into a B-Mod for my first racing experience. WOW!! It was worth the wait. It was a dream of a lifetime. The first week was "get a feel for the car" week. The very next weekend the track had a special 2 day event. I almost didnt go because It was a big race and didnt want to get in the other guys way. I finally talked myself into it.....placed 3rd in my heat and the next day in the feature placed 6th out of a 22 car starting field!!! I was hooked!!!!! I felt comfortable in the car and felt as if I belonged in that power house. I dont know for sure but I think all them nights sittng in the stands picturing myself in that car helped out. I have alot to learn.....and folks Im ready for spring time!!!!!!!!

Why did you start racing?????

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 298
posted January 18, 2002 12:20 AM
dunno? cause' i cant dance?

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 139
posted January 18, 2002 09:37 AM
My very first racing experience was in '50 or'51 at a midget race at Sportsdrome Speedway in Jeffersonville,Ind.,I remember the announcer making a big deal about 1 of the drivers flipping his cigarette at the start/finish line at the beginning of each race he was in for luck,I can't remember who won the race,but a local bakery gave away a cake to the lucky ticket holder,and my Mom won the cake.My first race as a driver at that same track in'68 in the first figure 8 race I ever went to.I raced dirt late models,hobbystocks,sportsman,modified street stocks,pro trucks,mini-stocks,till it was'nt fun any more in '91 or '92,now I help my oldest son and my daughter with their racing adventures,my other son pit crews,but would rather play guitar and do his music then race,my mother-in-law claims "at least he did'nt ruin all his kids"My wife is her kids biggest fan,and was mine when I raced.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 10
posted January 19, 2002 09:09 AM
I guess i had to much money

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 309
posted January 19, 2002 11:44 AM
thats a very good question...i sometimes wonder why...i know i would have alot more money if i hadnt started racing! i dont know...they just reopend a track that had been closed for many many years in our town...and in our business we heard about it and my dad just said that him and i should go check it out...he had been around it before waaaaaaaaay back. when they had 2 classes... 6's and 8's he said 55 chevys. i had never seen a dirt car before..all i knew waz red light to red light....maybe that had something to do with it i waz just intriuged by it..and one week turned into another and i waz into it...and before long i key word..'bought' a car and trailer...and the rest is history. sometimes i wonder if i had done something different on some of those friday and saturday nights...were i would be now?...but i look back on all those nights of cussing and my dad working on that car...and nights at the track...and i would not trade them for anything.. my story..

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 60
posted January 19, 2002 02:11 PM
Yeah me and my dad argue alot when working on the rig.....but its all worth it, at least were together!!!
I almost forgot something important.......I remember going and having as much fun watching the wives in the stands when Im racing I picture them fighting over me!!!!!!!!

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 154
posted January 26, 2002 12:39 AM
The desire for speed has always been there. It may have started with Hot Wheels cars pretending to race. It never went away, just escalated from one thing to the next. Go-carts, three wheelers, four wheelers, muscle cars on the street, drag cars, jet boats, mini sprints, & now modifieds. I can't think of doing anything else but racing. I've never been asked why I race, but I have asked others why they don't.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 33
posted January 26, 2002 07:36 AM
My father also raced when I was a small child.From what my mother told me I was 6 months old. My father raced 2 cars then. One was a late model & the other was a figure 8 car. I was always out in the shop helping his crew work on the cars. I guess I have been hooked ever since. I built my first street stock when I was 15. By the end of that season I was behind the wheel full time. All through high school & tech college I raced. I did nothing else but race. Now I have brand new Midwest Mod that I run every weekend. Low and behold guess who has been right beside me through everything? My father. He is there with me every weekend. I cherrish that time I spend with him. Sometimes I wonder what I would be doing if my father wasn't into racing. I guess I will never know. Thats my story & I'm sticken to it.

[This message has been edited by dkandy94 (edited January 26, 2002).]

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 9
posted January 26, 2002 10:57 AM
My dad was a mechanic by profession so I've been around cars and things all my life so I guess that's how it all started. I've raced a little bit of everything along the way. I suppose it's just THE NEED FOR SPEED!!!!

devil wrench
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 100
posted January 26, 2002 06:48 PM
I wanted to see how fast i could go....broke.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 27
posted January 26, 2002 08:20 PM
Week after week I sat in the stands watching...until I couldn't just watch anymore. I had raced other venues over the years, drag boats, quarter mile cars, but I hadn't raced anything for a while. I wanted to try round n' round...just couldn't watch anymore. Sure has cost a lot more than I anticipated, but so far it's worth it. You have got to find something to do on the weekends, right. It is a great way to involve the family, with something you enjoy.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 127
posted February 02, 2002 09:01 PM
I loved motor vehicles as far back as I can remember, so when my Uncle bought a couple of stock cars back in the mid sixties, I was already a fan. I got to go to the races at a young age, the other kids would play under the blechers and out behind the stands, but not me!!!! I had to watch the cars all the time, even when they where in the pits, something just kept drawing me in. The colors, the sounds, the smells, the people. Some of the tracks I would later race on, they were awesome. My Dad drove one of my Uncles cars and we kept it at our house. We worked on it under a tree, it was cool. I wasn't much help, but I didn't know that. My Dad and Uncles career didn't last to long, but there was no turning back for me. After my Parents Divorced I started going to the races with a couple of niehbors, one Drag raced and one was a Circle Tracker. I enjoyed both types of Racing, but soon realized that Circle Track was it for me. I spent all my days working towards getting on the track. They started running street stocks here and Myself and a co-worker at McDonalds put together a car...LOL. It wasn't much, but the feeling I got was so awesome that I've never looked back. I've raced allot of years since, and now my Son races too. It has been a Family Affair for all of us, I'm glad I started and kept going.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 118
posted February 04, 2002 11:44 AM
Who could resist souping up a car to the limit, and then driving it to the limit.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 60
posted February 16, 2002 11:05 AM
Rooster----I know what you mean about the smell.....the smell of alcohol burning machines is unbelievable.
Only 41 days til our first race this season!!!!!!!!!

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 117
posted February 17, 2002 01:05 AM
cheap thrills

[This message has been edited by marple (edited February 17, 2002).]

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