Jeff Anderson, of Christiana, Tennessee, races the No. 132 Super Stock at Duck River Speedway in Wheel, Tennessee. Jeff does the mechanical and bodywork on his race car, and competes on Saturday nights with 20 to 30 other racers. In his second season of racing he has had best finishes of 1st and 3rd in heat races, and 4th and 7th in features. Jeff says no matter how bad the damage from a race, he works throughout the following week to make sure he's ready to go again the next Saturday. He also gives a tip of the hat to his sponsors and his mother and father for making it possible to race.
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Dave Bentley Sr., of Woodlyn, Pennsylvania, has been racing for 20 years. He builds all of his cars and motors. He has raced in Demo Derbys, Late Models, Enduros, and most recently 4-Cylinders. He has raced at Flemington Speedway, East Windsor Speedway, and Wall Stadium in New Jersey, and Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania. He has won features in all of the classes he's entered, but 2002 was especially a banner year. At Bridgeport (New Jersey) Speedway, he earned the nickname "The Godfather of 4-Cylinder" as he dominated the class with a total of 15 feature wins. That was good enough to win the Bridgeport 4-Cylinder Championship.
Here's the race car driven by Kent Morgan of Louisburg, North Carolina. Morgan Racing was started 10 years ago, but Kent remained winless heading into the 2003 season. Kent says he's not giving up, however, because "we love going to the track to compete." He races at quarter-mile dirt tracks, and did manage to finish fifth in points at one track. Keep us posted on how your season goes, Kent. We're hoping you get to take that first victory lap.
Chuck Bloom, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, drives this No. 78 Chevy at two dirt tracks not far from home. Being a Dodge man, it was a big step to race a Chevy, but Bloom says, "It's worth it." He finished third in points in 2001 and second in 2002 while racing at Interstate 79 Speedway in Shinnston, West Virginia. He also raced at Roaring Knob Raceway Park in Markleysburg, Pennsylvania. Racing Friday and Saturday nights at two tracks all season is a lot of work, but a dedicated pit crew and great sponsors keep the wheels turning. "It's time to kick the tires and light the fires!" Chuck said at the start of the 2003 season.
Good things come to those who wait. Just ask Norman "Pappaw" Aycock of Inverness, Mississippi. Last season, at the age of 64, Norman won his first feature race in a Southern Modified at Jackson Motor Speedway in Mississippi. Everyone, racers and fans alike, gave him a standing ovation. Norman is pictured with his son, Michael, daughter-in-law, Gena, and two of his eight grandchildren. He started racing at age 58, driving a Street Stock, and moved to a Southern Modified three years ago. He has finished in the top 10 in points every year he has raced.
Take a look at the 1988 Ford Ranger that 16-year-old Trevor Airhardt raced in the 2002 season. Trevor, of Wainfleet, Ontario, Canada, raced every Sunday in the Mini Stock division at a dirt track in the Niagara region of southern Ontario. He and his father, Mark Airhardt, built the truck, their first attempt at building a race car. Trevor finished the season eighth in points. "Building the pickup gave my son and myself many enjoyable hours together, before and during the race season," Mark wrote. "I would recommend it to any family looking to spend time together." Father and son are back playing in the dirt again in 2003.