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AJ Keeling

SOME THINGS ARE MEANT TO BE AJ Keeling Proves that a Mistake Can Put You on the Right Track Many drivers are either second- or third-generation drivers and others have been around some facet of racing for most of their lives; for AJ Keeling, his first driving experience came as a complete accident, proving that …

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Blake Hopkins

    MOVING ON UP Blake Hopkins Works His Way up the Dirt Racing Circuit Many drivers catch the racing bug from their fathers. Blake Hopkins is no different. “I love to race,” he shared. “My dad did it… I just picked it up from him.” As a young boy Hopkins watched his dad, Matt, …

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Bobby Wilkins

    RACING IS IN HIS BLOOD Whether He is Behind the Wheel or Under the Hood, Bobby Wilkins Knows His Way Around a Race Car   “Anything that’s ever had a motor… I tried to get it to go fast… (it’s) in my blood,” This is how Bobby Wilkins described his passion for racing. …

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Cameron Brown

    A MAN ON A MISSION Second Generation Driver Cameron Brown Keeps the Tradition Alive While Eyeing His First Track Championship Racing is a hobby many young drivers carry into future generations. Cameron Brown is no different. He picked up the racing bug from his dad, Super Late Model driver Tim Brown, and is …

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Cary King

RACING FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP Cary King Stays Focused on the Prize For most drivers, racing is a part of their life. For Cary King, racing is his life. “I live, eat, and breathe it,” King laughed when asked about racing. A lot of drivers grow up around racing, but King did not really take an …

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Chris Shelton

LIVING THE DREAM Chris Shelton Shows that Dreams Do Come True “I started five years ago, and jumped right into it,” Shelton shared how his racing career began. “(I) wanted to do it for a long time… (I’m) living the dream.” I’ve always been a driver,” Shelton shared. “Ever since I was little… (I always …

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Credence Mott

STAYING FOCUSED Credence “Credo” Mott Keeps Busy Both On and Off the Track Credence Mott is one of many young drivers who stay busy not only on the track, but also in their everyday lives. And like a great deal of drivers who grew up watching their fathers race, he is no different. “(I) watched …

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Daniel Edwards

Daniel Edwards

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Daniel Edwards Proves that Dreams Do Come True Most drivers have a passion for racing long before they ever get behind the wheel. Daniel Edwards is no different. Though he may only be 14-years old, he is realizing his life-long dream.   “(I’ve wanted to race) ever since I was born,” …

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Dylan Thompson

BALANCING ACT Dylan Thompson’s Plate May be Full, but That Doesn’t Mean His Eye’s not on the Prize It is not easy to manage your own business and a racing career, but Dylan Thompson is finding the time to do both. While his focus recently has been on Chase Motorsports; the desire to race to …

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Emily Crowell

BREAKING THE BARRIERS Emily Crowell Proves that Racing Is Not Just for the Guys Sure when it comes to racing, “Guys do it all the time.” Emily Crowell shows that girls can too. “Not a lot of girls were doing this. I thought it would be really cool to be a role model to other …

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Jake Mayo

MOVING UP THE RANKS AT PADUCAH INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY 2010 Marks Jake Mayo’s Street Stock Division Debut Most 11-year olds do not know how to drive… Jake Mayo doesn’t just know how to drive; he knows how to race. Jake, who is the 2009 PIR Track 4-Cylinder Champion, already has two years experience behind the wheel. …

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Jason McBride

    GETTING THE JOB DONE For Jason McBride Racing is a Way of Life For many drivers, racing is a hobby, but for Jason McBride it is a way of life. “Racing’s my job,” he shared. Growing up in Carbondale, Illinois, McBride spent a lot of time at the track in Marion. During this …

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JR Mason

A LOT OF HARD WORK AND A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK GO A LONG WAY JR Mason Beat the Odds to be Where He is Today Not everyone would be able to go on if their doctor told them they would never use their arm again. But JR Mason is not everyone. After an amazing …

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Justin Houston

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT If It Has a Motor, Justin Houston has Probably Taken It for A Spin Many drivers have spent their entire lives racing. Not only has Justin Houston spent a great deal of his life in some racing capacity, but he has also tried a lot of different avenues along the way. …

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Kassidi Gibbs

CLASS ACT Kassidi Gibbs Shows She Has It Together On and Off the Track Many different things lead to a racing career. For Kassidi Gibbs it was one simple question—do you want to race? “My dad just came home one day and asked if I wanted to race. My response was ‘Heck yes.’ Gibbs recalled …

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Keaton Downing

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON Keaton Downing picks up his Dad’s Passion for Racing Like a lot of young drivers, Keaton Downing grew up around racing. His dad, Chris, used to race Pro Stocks at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway in Calvert City. It was not long before Downing found himself behind the wheel of a car. …

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Ken Schrader

KENNY SCHRADER Going in Circles Since he was a little boy growing up in Fenton, MO, Schrader has found some of his greatest happiness driving in circles. And after 20 full seasons in NASCAR’s elite series, Schrader still can’t wait to put on his helmet, strap in his driver’s seat and chase the checkered flag …

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Kyle Clark

RAISING THE BAR Kyle Clark Sets His Goals High for His First Full Season at Paducah International Raceway “I always wanted to race… just never had the opportunity,” Kyle Clark commented on what led to his interest in racing.  Clark grew up watching NASCAR since he was in diapers and was a huge Rusty Wallace …

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Kevin Cole

GOING FOR TWO IN A ROW Kevin Cole Keeps His Drive to Win Most drivers are in it to win it. Defending Super Late Model Track Champion Kevin Cole proves he is no different. In a career that has spanned 15 years, he still keeps the same dedication on and off the track. “Don’t really …

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Rich Lentz

KEEPING THE LEGACY ALIVE Rich Lentz Follows in His Dad’s Footsteps to Become a Second-Generation Driver Like many race car drivers, Rich Lentz grew up in a racing family. His dad raced Street Stocks and Late Models at Paducah International Raceway before it was PIR—back in 1985-86 before the old track closed. In fact, when …

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Rod Reed

EYEING THE PRIZE Rod Reed Stays On The Hunt for The Championship Rod Reed may have a total of 29-years racing experience, but he  headed into one of the biggest races of his career at PIR’s Season Championships. Where did almost three decades of racing experience start at? “My dad raced,” Reed responded as to …

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Steve Cole

DOING WHAT HE LOVES Steve Cole Shows You can Be Successful in a Hobby You Love Steve Cole was not born into a racing family, and he did not spend much time watching it on television. When asked what led to his interest in racing, he shared, “I just enjoy it.” Cole started out riding …

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Steve Ladd

BUILDING A LEGACY From Motorcycles to Cars and Dirt to Asphalt, Steve Ladd Knows His Way Around a Track Racing was a part of Steve Ladd’s life before he was even born. His father built race motors years before, and he grew up hearing his dad tell those stories. When speaking of who has influenced …

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Tait Davenport

A TRUE CHAMPION Tait Davenport Stays on a Winning Streak While Chasing another Championship Racing is a hobby a lot of drivers pick up from their fathers. Tait Davenport is no different. He grew up watching his dad race Super Late Models. When asked what got him interested in racing, he simply responded, “My dad.” …

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Tim Brown

EXPERIENCE GETS THE JOB DONE With Almost Three Decades of Racing Experience, Tim Brown Shows He Still Knows His Way Around A Race Track With a racing career spanning 25+ years, Tim Brown proves that experience is tough to beat. Brown first became interested in racing when he attended the weekly races with his dad. …

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Tony Cruse

DETERMINED TO SUCCEED Don’t Tell Tony Cruse He Can’t Do Something; He Will Show You He Can ‘People who tell me I can’t do it make me want to do it,” Tony Cruse spoke of how his critics influence his racing career. Criticism only serves to fuel Cruse and his competitive spirit. “(I) take the …

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Tony Stewart

Pick a Racing Series. Choose a Style of Racecar. Name a Venue. Chances are, Tony Stewart has Proven Victorious. Pick a racing series. Choose a style of racecar. Name a venue. Chances are, Tony Stewart has proven victorious. The driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has …

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