THE LONG RIDERS
Thirteen-year-old Rylan Long is in his second season of Super Stocks at Dallas County Speedway in Urbana, Missouri, and Springfield Raceway in Springfield, Missouri. In 2002, he earned five feature wins. Halfway into 2003, he has 11 feature victories. Rylan and his dad, Russ, built this car and Russ is the crewchief. The elder Long raced for many years in Late Models, so his experience is useful in the very competitive Super Stock division made up of veteran racers.
Josh "The Natural" Everhart, 19, has been around racing his entire young life. He started watching his dad, Red, race in Texas at the age of 2, and by 14, he was learning how to build race cars. At 16, he started in a Pony Stock and earned his first feature win at 54 Speedway in Yates Center, Kansas, in 2000. He's since moved up to Hobby Stocks, and now to Factory Stocks in 2003. He races at tracks near his hometown of Osage City, Kansas, in a new car built by him and his dad. Josh hopes to eventually race on asphalt tracks, even though they are known as the "playground of the rich" in his area.
ZACHARY'S SPRINTER DREAM
Zachary Rudd is holding his "Eagle" from his championship in St. Petersburg, Florida, along with one of his sponsors, Brenda Roguska from Sanibel One. Zachary owes his racing start to his uncle and his dad. The former got him a 4-wheeler when he was 2, and the latter put him on a 50cc motorcycle at age 4. He started racing karts at 10, and finished his first season second in points. His karting experience has put him at "The Rock" in North Carolina, and the Florida tracks of Desoto Speedway, Sebring, Homestead, and Auburndale. His dream is to race Sprint cars.
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HELP FROM FRIENDS
Robbie Blair has been racing for three years and he built his car with the help of Tom Stewart and Jack Martin. They do all the engine, chassis, and any other work the No. 11 car may need. From 2000 to 2002 he won 17 races, with 11 of those victories in 2001. He's an avid SCR reader and is a track favorite each weekend he races.
NINE IN A ROW
Chad Boone, 22, of Owensboro, Kentucky, started racing in 1998 at age 16 in the Pure Stock division. In 2002, he decided to compete in the dirt Stock Car division at Windy Hollow Speedway in Owensboro. He promptly won his first championship, posting 13 feature wins, including nine in a row. He finished in the top three in every race, and finished second in the "Top Dog" race that included three surrounding dirt tracks. Other honors for the season included Most Consecutive Wins, Street Stock Track Record, Street Stock Rookie of the Year, Mr. Windy Hollow Speedway (for helping raise more than $1,200 for breast cancer research), and Most Popular Driver. What started as a father-and-son project has grown into more than 50 fans who follow the Boone Racing team anywhere they race.
LIME GREEN MACHINE
If there's anything Bart Goodson (left) has learned in his racing career, it's how to squeeze a victory out of his lime green Hobby Stock. Bart races at I-30 Speedway in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Rollin' Stone Speedway in Prescott, Arkansas. In the picture, Bart celebrates his feature win in the 2002 2nd Annual All Pro Bumper to Bumper Hobby Stock Fall National at I-30 Speedway. Besides winning this race, Bart has finished fifth and sixth in I-30 track points. His son, Afton Goodson, sent us some information on Bart's career "to show my daddy just how proud I am of him."