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pbrcowboy2
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posted January 16, 2005 05:19 PM  
Am i the hingks puttin a 14 yr old in a hobby a bd idea?...whats your guys' opinions

racer17j
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posted January 16, 2005 05:33 PM  
Racer17, does Ryan run WC every week?

[This message has been edited by Wildside17 (edited January 16, 2005).]

kcsparky
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posted January 16, 2005 06:30 PM  
Go read some articles about Chase Austin from Eudora, KS. Granted he had a lot of experience in go carts. But he was racing the TORA Late Model series when he was 13, and won a couple of features. A full blown late model at 13 is pretty awesome I think. He is now 16 (I think) and racing for Hendricks Motorsports in his up and coming drivers program.

pbrcowboy2
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posted January 16, 2005 06:30 PM  
I think any driver in any class hobby on up should be currently licensed in their state of residence.

When preston hits 5 yrs old i will get him a go-kart if HE CHOOSES TO RACE IT!! But should the time to come that he wanted to race pure stock, bomber, or a hobby he will have to either have or do the following:

-a full time job in the summer to pay for his setup
-he and I will work on the car.
-he will respect his mom and dad and racing peers in the community
-During the off season in the winter he will have to keep decent grades that will get him to college or he wont work on the car during the offseason.
-He gets a D.W.I. he will no longer have a racecar the car would be sold to pay for attorney fees
-He will have to be licensed in the state he lives in at that time.
-After high school and ya move on its on yer own preston!!(with a little help from dad!!!)

racer17j
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posted January 16, 2005 06:40 PM  
If they have some experience, I say go for it !!! I'm putting a 13 yr. old in a cruiser next year,The money we had in the go karts is far more than a real car,plus the parts are more readily availabe.Watch the young ones close ,they have to earn respect first, before they can run up front .Just my 2 cents!!!

lastplacecar
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posted January 17, 2005 03:45 PM  
i started racin last year when i turned 15 only because my brother who was 20 said he thought i was good enough to drive. and i had a car given to me with motor and tranny ready to go.

M1
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posted January 17, 2005 04:26 PM  
The class I race in, there is a few girls and guys driving as young as 13.... Yeah they scare the **** outta me at first, but they come around alot faster then older drivers. IMHO

Almost like the older drivers are set int their ways, and have developed bad driving habits out of racing that comes to the track with them. Then with them younger kids, they can be "shaped and molded" into what they need to be, because they DONT KNOW and are learning as they go.

But then the lack of experience can be just as troubling and cost other racers money equipment and alot of heart ache while they learn. All I know is I wish my mommy and daddy would have bought me everything I wanted when I was 13.....

bobaluuu
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posted January 17, 2005 07:50 PM  
I think they should only run with their own age group until they're legal drivers. Im not saying they're any better or worse than some of our regulars, but I do believe the emotional trauma from hurting (or worse) a kid would be almost unbearable to most adults

bryanb30
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posted January 17, 2005 08:44 PM  
we had a 8 year old racin mini stocks at our track!!

pbrcowboy2
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posted January 17, 2005 10:14 PM  
8 YEARS OLD IS WAY TO YOUNG TO BE IN A CAR RACING!!!! PERIOD!!!!

KEEP THAT KID IN A CART!!!! THAT IS SOME DAD TRYIN TO LIVE OUT A DREAM OF HIS WAY TO EARLY WAY TO QUICK THIS KID IS WHAT 1ST OR 2ND GRADE?!!!!

Xtreme12x
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posted January 17, 2005 10:25 PM  
Buddy,
Quick Question for ya,
How is it affecting you

racin78p
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posted January 18, 2005 12:17 AM  
Ouch! To add a little about Chase Austin: I have seen him race at Thunderhill in Mayetta, Ks. and met the "kid". You could not ask for a nicer young man. His dad is his mentor (at least WAS, now that NASCAR is getting him) and he has excellent values and morales. And man is Chase FAST!!! A true natural talent, with zero fear of a race car or track. Respect, yes. I look forward to seeing him in the coming years flyin' around the track with the BIG boys.

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racin78p
if it ain't fun, then don't run

sideways
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posted January 19, 2005 09:47 AM  
I think it depends on the maturity and the ability.Not to metion the parents.I have a daughter 18 now and she is going to go to college at the end of the year after high school.She has a mini stock.And I have had people at the track(since she raced karts 3 years ago)to continually want me to push her up in th "ranks"so to speak.But I let her tell me when she thought she was ready and then we as parents decided.To slow moving her up probably did it hurt her as a person or as a racer definatly not.

hoosier transplant
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posted January 19, 2005 06:30 PM  
I don't think they should let anybody under 57 years of age because they're kicking my tail. Everybody have a great year no matter what age you are.

crew81
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posted January 20, 2005 06:52 PM  
13 year old John Edwards is over karting in Italy after winning the Red Bull Driver Search.
http://www.johnmichaeledwards.com/

racin78p
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posted January 21, 2005 12:18 AM  
I'm with hoosier!!! Silly younger racers! Especially when they rub their numbers on your car! Don't they know to respect their elders anymore? He, he. Growing old gracefully is just a mind set. Try actually doing it!

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racin78p
if it ain't fun, then don't run

BREEZE44
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posted January 21, 2005 01:12 PM  
I agree with the people that say it depends on the maturity of the person. I myself am 15 and started last year (at 14). I can race side by side with "older" and more experienced guys and not take anybody out. Some can handle it but a lot can't. 8 YEARS OLD IS WAY TOO YOUNG!!! I race outlaw 4 by the way. -Steve 8M

    

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