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the start, had a trying time keeping that car running – you name it, it broke. Rear-end blew out, overheated, carb trouble, distribu- tor... and the next sea- son it just got worse. In the first race of the second season I met up with another car on the front stretch, took a turn sideways and rolled it 5 times. Took most of the summer
to get it drivable again, never mind pretty.
Back on the track I was lined up in the 2nd row coming out of turn 2, when I began to pass the guy who had the pole on the bottom side. Well, he broke something and decided to turn into the infield while I was running alongside him. He caught me on the right side and sent me barrel rolling again, this time I took 4 rolls. The driver passing on top was unable to stop and hit me while I was upside down. I made close acquaintance with his front bumper, hard enough to crack my helmet. Through the haze of the safety crew and Wayne asking if I was ok, I heard my wife demand, “That’s it! We’re done with this #&%@$ racing!”
Denny Puvalowki (it had been closed for years). Even better, they were tearing out the asphalt to lay a 3/8-mile clay track. A dirt track just 5 miles from my front door! Obvi- ously, I was meant to race- I just had to convince my wife.
them; they didn’t get their monies’ worth on the previous car.
The first year we watched from the grandstands every Friday night. Meanwhile, I went on the hunt for a car. I planned to tell my wife when I drove one home. Little was I aware that she knew what I was up to, so thankfully she was not too surprised when I pulled into the driveway with race car and trailer we’d seen for sale the week before.
I had to promise my wife I would be more careful this time out, and avoid any rollovers. It’s working out a whole lot better this way, as it’s much easier when you’re able to load the car on the trailer under its own power.
I spent the better part of the win-
**I want to dedicate this racing season to Donna Clements, my mother and my best friend, who left us way too soon.
It looked like I was
ter getting the motor built, and everything else together. In the past, Wayne would do that for me, but we lost him in his own rollover accident a few years back on his way home from work. He is truly missed.
going to be a spectator again for a
while. 6 years
later, Tri- City Motor Speedway
I thought it was ready for open- ing night, but at the last minute a problem with the motor stalled us out for about 5 races. I began to wonder if I should really be coming back to the sport. By the time I got back on the track, I ended up put- ting all the original sponsors on the
reopened under the new owner-
ship of Steve and
car free of charge. I felt I owed
Come on out and see us at Tri- City Motor Speedway. It’s family friendly, good fun, and the folks who run the show couldn’t be nicer people!
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