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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 107
posted May 21, 2005 04:19 PM  
Hi guys,
my name is dj, im 14 and i race karts. I hope to make it in NASCAR someday, but right now I'm concentrating on karts and what type of racig I want to race in next. I'm from NY, and NY is modified country, so I'm thinking about piloting a 358 small block at OCFS when I turn 16 in 2 yrs. I bet all you heard that Carl Edwards will drive Brett Hearns #3 at Lowes. My question is why aren't there any dirt mod drivers get noticed by NASCAR owners? Like Matt Sheppard and Stewart Friesen? They both are great but do you think they'll get into NASCAR? Also, I mentioned earlier I wanted to drive a 358 when I graduate from karts. Do you think that's too big of a move? I heard a guy who went from karts to 410 Sprints and he finsihed second to Fred Rhammer in PA a week ago. I don't think it's a big switch from karts to 358's, what do you think? Good luck you all of you-DJ

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 34
posted May 22, 2005 08:28 AM  
Well to answer your question, even Matt shepard and Alex Hoag both drove in a 4 cylinder class before moving up to the 358. If I remember right, they both couldn't even get the car moving without stalling it the first couple weeks. So yes I would say to get more experience in lower classes first and then have your parents spend the $30,000 or so to be competitive for the 358. You will need more experience first.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 357
posted May 22, 2005 09:16 AM  
If you want to make it to Nascar stayway from NE Dirt modified racing. Do your home work an trace the back rounds of the latest Nascar drivers and see where they have come from. Don't stay in any one division too long, keep making that next step. If I was you and wanted to get to Nascar my next step from Karts would be to the Ford Focus midgets or NEMA midgets. From there Sprint cars and Silver crown cars. Try both dirt and asphalt. Don't forget about school get yourself a good education notice most that have made it to Nascar are engineers. Are you hoping to make it to Nascar or are you driven to make it to Nascar? Good luck on making your dreams reality.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 107
posted May 22, 2005 11:33 AM  
thanks for your feedback. I was looking at the NE Ford focus web page and they said you have to be 16 with 5 yrs. of racing experience. This isn't good news because by the time I'm 16, I only will have 2 yrs. of racing experience. Do they make sure you have 5 yrs? Thanks for all your help-DJ

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Dirt Freak

Total posts: 251
posted May 25, 2005 07:20 AM  
Hey dj
I would also look here It is a good series and can help you get experience before going int the ford focus series...carting helps as well...I've heard that exceptions are made by USAC depending on your finish results if you don't have the years of experience. another series is they run a really cool series with younger kids able to race.


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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 107
posted May 25, 2005 02:11 PM  
Thanks for your help. If I don't get accepted by USAC, I'll definetley consider the NEMA Midgets. I might think about the ESS Sprints too. Thans again-DJ

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted May 29, 2005 10:49 AM  

Have you considered a mini cup car? I don't know where they run in NY, but if you want to get to nascar mabe you should think about running on pavement to get your feet wet as opposed to dirt. You seem to have a lot of confidence in yourself, don't loose that. Good luck

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