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Hitting The Track

I have always loved auto racing.  One of my earliest memories of NASCAR was watching the 1979 Daytona 500 in the TV lounge during my freshman year at the University of Buffalo.  I was one of the millions of people impacted by a huge storm and found myself with little to do other than watch TV.  I remember thinking how much fun racing like that would be.  I didn't know a lot of names yet, but I did know Richard Petty (who ended up winning).  The last lap crash and ensuing fight between Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough (another name I knew) is the stuff of legend.  Of course, I didn't really follow racing all that much during school.  After joining the Coast Guard and being assigned to Detroit, I hooked up with some racing fans and attended my first ever NASCAR race - the 1984 Miller High Life 400 at Michigan International Speedway won by Bill Elliott who went on to be my favorite all time NASCAR driver.

While I remained a big fan, I really never thought about racing myself until I moved to Manassas, VA in 1993.  My next door neighbor was a huge drag racer and I started to get the itch.  When an associate of mine was looking to get rid of his tired 1985 Camaro, I made the plunge and in 1996 hit the track for the first time as a driver.  I have both drag raced and been involved with oval track racing (never with too much success but that's another story).  You can click on the buttons above to see the cars and read some stories.
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