The cars, the racers, the races, the history, and the stories that make up the racing careers of the readers of Stock Car Racing.

SETTING RECORDS

Janet Stephens of Redding, California, is making quite a name for herself as a driver in the Street Stock class at Siskiyou Motor Speedway in Yreka, California. This season she became the first woman to win the Bo Hittson Memorial Race at the track. She is the only female in her division, and she's offering clear evidence that driving talent knows no gender. Janet won 10 races, finished Second 17 times, and earned the title of '03 Street Stock Champion at the track, becoming the only female in the region to win a championship in dirt track stock car racing. Janet's team is a family operation, with her father serving as crewchief and her mother, two sons, and her husband, who is a Modified driver, helping to prepare Janet's '76 Camaro.

FATHER AND SON

The Parks family has a lot to cheer about on weekends at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia. Tony Parks and his 17-year-old son, Matthew, both compete at the half-mile clay oval. Tony, who has been racing for 14 years, races in the Modified Street class, while Matthew races in the Street Stock class, where he won Rookie of the Year in 2002. By September 2003, each driver had won twice in his division. The night of June 28, 2003, was special for the family, as each driver won his respective feature race.

GETTING STARTED

Joey Ogston, 15, of Duluth, Minnesota, competes in the Pure Stock division at Proctor Speedway near his home. Joey ran the last four races of the '03 season and won a heat race in just his second start. He's no stranger to turning left and going fast, however, as he raced go-carts for two years before moving up to Pure Stocks. Joey plans to run the full season in 2004 and hopes to eventually compete in NASCAR's top division.

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FAMILY AFFAIR

Two brothers, Scott S. Cook (left) and Jim Cook, shown with 5-year-old Chase Cook, have operated Cook Bros. Racing Team for the past 12 years. The Uncasville, Connecticut, residents compete at tracks in their state--Waterford Speedbowl, Thompson International Speedway, and Stafford Motor Speedway. After falling two points shy of winning a championship at Thompson International in 2000, the team captured the '01 Limited Sportsman title at the 5/8-mile asphalt oval. That same season, Scott was Rookie of the Year in Late Models at Stafford. This past season, after three years of racing at both Stafford and Thompson International, the Cooks curtailed their schedule to concentrate on competing at Stafford.

A FAMILIAR LOOK

Gordon Anderson of Canada competes in the Claimer Class at Edmonton International Raceway in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. He's been competing in the class since it began at the quarter-mile asphalt oval in 2000. Anderson calls his four-cylinder, "Wrangler Chevy," the best car he's campaigned. He finished Third in the track's King of the Claimers race on July 26. We're guessing that Anderson's favorite driver might have driven a Wrangler Chevy bearing a yellow and blue paint scheme and the No. 3 a few years ago.

STANDING BY HER MAN

Patricia McVay of Samson, Alabama, is proud of her husband, Stacey McVay, who just completed his third season at South Alabama Speedway in Kinston. After two years competing in the Super Stock Division, Stacey moved up to race in the Modified Division. In his first Modified race on May 10, he finished Fifth after his car suffered carburetor problems. Stacey hopes to eventually compete in the Late Model Division. Patricia says she supports her husband "110 percent" and expects his dreams to come true because he has the heart of a champion and never gives up.

LOOKING GOOD

Scott Bowersock earns his living by painting race cars, helmets, motorcycles, and anything else needing a professional look. In his spare time, he races a Late Model--which, of course, sports a paint job by Bowersock Signs & Lines. In 2000 Scott won the Stock Car title at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. He raced Late Models in 2001 and captured a feature win at Montpelier (Indiana) Motor Speedway before a crash totaled his car and ended his season prematurely. He bounced back this season with a car bearing his motorsports art business as the primary sponsor. Scott's brother, Jerry Bowersock, competes in the No. 23J Late Model. We have a hunch Jerry's paint job is just as spiffy as Scott's.

YOUNG GUN IN SOUTH DAKOTA

Lane Brenden, 14, raced this year in the Hobby Stock Division at Lake County Speedway in Madison, South Dakota, and at Huset's Speedway in Brandon. This was his first year competing in stock cars after racing go-carts the previous three years. In the first half of the season, young Hurricane Lane won two B features at Lake County and had several Top Fives at both tracks. He's supported by a pit crew consisting of Rocky Brenden, Pete Brenden, Ty Hanten, Bill Marken, Steve Borkowski, and Scott Borkowski. One of his sponsors, Ricky "Rudd" Atkinson, has every issue of Stock Car Racing since its inception in 1966. Go Lane! And thank you, Ricky!

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RACING AND LOVING IT

Jon Heidenthal, 43, of Myakka City, Florida, has been racing since he was 11, beginning with dirt bikes in Ohio. Jon, shown in Victory Lane with two of his three sons, competes in the Street Stock class at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida. He just completed his second full season as a Stock car racer. In 2002, he captured three feature wins and finished Third in points. Jon's wife, Stefani, says the whole family has a love of racing and they all enjoy the show every Saturday night. She says Jon gets as excited about getting his issue of Stock Car Racing each month as he does about racing.

STARTING YOUNG

Jack Daughtry of Greenville, Alabama, is a second year racer at Butler County Motorsports Park. In his first year, at age 14, he had nine starts and won two features in an '88 Buick LeSabre in a front-wheel-drive class. This season he's moved up to a rear-wheel-drive class and drives a '85 Monte Carlo (No. 6). He's started six features, won three, and finished third in two others. He's also won five of six heat races this year. With stats like that, he hopes to build a future racing career.

2ND GEN RACER

Corey Agee, of Ridgeway, Virginia, is a 19-year-old second generation driver, racing for his family-owned Agee Racing. They have been competing for almost 30 years. He drives this very clean Modified (No. 83) at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, North Carolina, and is the youngest racer in the division. He hopes to land a ride in one of NASCAR's top divisions one day, but until then will get his laps in at the NASCAR's Weekly Racing series track in North Carolina.

40 YEARS ON

Sam McComb races at I-25 Speedway (formerly Beacon Hill) in Pueblo, Colorado. He's been turning the wheel since 1963 in everything from Demo Derby cars to Tuff Trucks, but hasn't had a full race win since 1982. His luck may be changing because he picked up a Trophy Dash win earlier this year. Just to see him on track brings a smile to his face and his racing fans. They sent this photo of his No. 72 Street Stock. Keep wheelin' it, Sam!

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.

NATURAL RACER

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."

CRUISING AT DUCK RIVER

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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THE GODFATHER

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.

NOT GIVING UP

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.

78 IS GREAT!

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.

GRAMPS WINS A RACE

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.

QUALITY TIME

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.

MOVING ON UP

Justin Woller, 20, drove this good-looking '91 Pontiac Trans Am in the Street Stock division at State Park Speedway in his hometown of Wausau, Wisconsin. In 2002, his fourth year in the Street Stock division, Justin won the point championship. He won a total of seven features during the year, including a streak of five consecutive feature wins. He also set fast time ten times during the season. For the 2003 season, Justin purchased a Limited Late Model and will compete in that division.

SPIRIT OF 76

Owner Peter Aubin (left) and driver Todd Dean (right) compete in the Late Model division at Thompson (Connecticut) International Speedway. Both are from Danielson, Connecticut. They build their own cars and engines, and fabricate many of the needed parts. In 2001, the rookie season for 76 Racing, they ran a partial schedule and finished 12th in points. They ran the entire 2002 season and improved to tenth in points. This season they've built a new car and are gunning for the championship.

FATHER AND SON

John Maitlen (No. 8) and his son Chuck Maitlen (No. 5), both of Richmond, Indiana, race at tracks in Indiana and Ohio. This season, John is running for "Rookie of the Year" in the Super Truck Series. Chuck, a veteran of go-carts, Allison Legacy cars, and Super Trucks, is trying his hand in the Championship Auto Racing Series in his Dodge Intrepid. Chuck's ride has to be one of the sharpest looking race cars on the planet.

FAST LIKE DAD

Harvey Guerra Jr., a 23-year-old racer from Carlsbad, New Mexico, poses with the '79 Trans Am Street Stock he races at Carlsbad Speedway. He's been around race cars his entire life. Harvey's father raced on the Carlsbad dirt track for 23 years. Harvey took over the racing duties in 1995 when illness left his father unable to race. In the 2002 season he won 12 feature races and the point championship. No wonder he was eager to get racing again in 2003.

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