How did you get started in auto racing?
Im a big guy and this started the first time I ever drove a racecar in 2003. I had borrowed a suit from a friend and it was bright yellow. I showed up to the track first and here came Rick VanBuytene with the car, and two of this friends with their cars, Donny Gibson and John Pietrorazio Jr. I showed them the firesuit and then Donny muttered the famous words "Youre gonna look like Big Bird". Rick, John, myself and Donny about fell over laughing and it stuck. That night when Rick filled out my driver form he put Big Bird as the driver, not sure what they announced me as LMAO!!!!
June 18, 1980
First Year Racing at CNS
Started racing at CNS in what division?
1997 was the first time I sat in a car, as I practiced the late Dan Paulus owned "Tiajuanna Taxi" at Havasu Speedway for 10 laps and fell in love. 2002-ran 1 race in Rick Van Buytenes stock Mazda. I had to run with the Modified Minis and had a blast and ran 15th out of 21. 2003-ran the media race at RMNS and finished 10th. I beat Reggie Rivers!!!! 2004-got a cruiser from Jeff Philpott, finished 3rd once, lost a couple tires, and hit the wall a few times on my way to 6th in points out of 23. Several people rode with me in the Cruiser that year. 2004-2005 I ran the Winter Series in Fort Morgan with the Cruiser. 4 races, 1 win and 4 top 5's and finished 1st in points with Tim Kiefer as my partner! Track Champions! 2005-had a dedicated partner in the Cruiser until I was asked to announce one night and my partner wasnt able to make it. Tim didnt get his car done so he drive my car with his girlfriend/soon to be wife's cousin with him. After taking out the track neusence, Tim achieved something that will go down in RMNS History Books forever. He blew the motor and engulfed the car in so much smoke, that RMNS didnt need to be sprayed for bugs the rest of the final season. I then got another car and motor issues forced me to finish 9th in points. 2006-ran 1 race in the Neff MonteBeater which was the I76 Fall Classic. I spun and lost a tire on Saturday and on Sunday the race got rained out. 2007-I ran 1 race in the MonteBeater at CNS and qualified 28th out of 31, finished 13th in my Qualifier and finished 24th out of 31 in Super Stock main after hitting a parked car. I did beat AJ Grasso though and outqualified Mario Garramone!!!!LOL....That winter I ran one enduro race at I-76 in the MonteBeater and laid the car down to rest after hitting everything possible on the track, after driving a little too aggresive. I learned alot that race and finished 39 laps. 2009-Looking for a car, hoping to be out a few times before the end of the season!
Favorite Sprint Cup Driver?
Kyle Busch-I grew up with him in Vegas. My dad and his dad raced together. Saw him progress as a driver and jump to where he is now. His No Fear attitude and his want to win, is amazing. Someday I hope to be as domonant as him.
I have a couple.... 1)My Dad. He got racing in my blood and he is the best damn racer ive ever known. 2)Dan Paulus, the Late Dan Paulus let me drive a car for the first time and was someone I always looked up to growing up. I will miss ya Dan. 3)Rick Van Buytene, who else would let me drive a Bone Stock Mazda at 1500 rpm's around the trick, while there in the pits laughing at how slow im going LOL 4)The Neff Gang and Jeff Philpott-Theyve done so much for me and its an awesome group to look up to.
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