Over the years my involvement in short track racing has evolved in ways I never expected it to and I don’t take one bit of it for granted. I have always been willing to do whatever I can to help the sport and will continue to do so for as long as I can. So when opportunities present themselves I’m the first to say, “what can I do?”
I have had the honor of being on the infamous Dan Deicher’s radio show to pump up the ARCA Midwest Tour for various events over the last several years. This year he caught me off guard and threw me on the live show instead of a pre-recorded one. I had to be on my best behavior and know my stuff because it couldn’t be edited. But I discovered when you love the sport as much as I do, interview or no interview, it’s just a conversation. Dan also has an amazing way of leading, which is a good thing because I don’t always know exactly what to say. You’d almost think he does it for a living. 😉
I clearly enjoy letting people know about what’s going on in the short track racing world and I’ve had a few unique opportunities over the course of my life to support, and what I later determined, defend it, in some unexpected ways. I once was asked by a news station at Madison International Speedway to do an interview about what it was like to be a girl growing up in the sport. I’ll be honest, I have no clue what I said and never had the chance to watch it. I have a picture of being interviewed, and the one thing I do remember is that we won that day. 🙂
I was also interviewed at Rockford Speedway after a tragic incident that happened in the stands where my dad and I were sitting only three rows up. The guy asked me if something like this scared me and if it would change my feelings about the sport. I had no problem telling him it absolutely did not and would not. Again, it was on the news and I never saw it. Even though I was young I remember feeling that they were hoping I wouldn’t have everything good to say, but I didn’t know any other way. Even back then it was natural for me to defend the sport and express my pride to be a part of it.
After an interview ends, I always have those moments of, “oh shoot! I should’ve said this or that.” Or, “man that must have sounded stupid.” It’s not the same as sitting down and typing, there is no delete key. But the one good thing about interviews is that they help trigger more to think about. So in my last interview I did my best at not leaving anything out and shared everything I could possibly think of.
This past weekend at Oktoberfest I had the opportunity to do yet another spontaneous interview on the last and final “Trackside” show on Kicks 106.3 with Jacklyn Daniels. I was honored to be asked and had a good time discussing various things like, my son’s go-kart racing debut over the summer, my husband’s history of involvement in the sport, and she even gave me the opportunity to invite the listeners to checkout my blog. But there was one more thing that was really special to me and I wasn’t going to leave it out. That was having the opportunity to talk about one of my best buds racing in his first Oktoberfest event. Caleb Adrian is the son of Gary and Liz Adrian whom are not only the owners of the #29 Adrian Carriers race team, which Nick has been the crew chief for since the beginning, but also some of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet, and the entire team just flat rocks.
I was so proud to talk about Caleb and his recent success as an up and coming driver. He started racing a Big 8 late model at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids, IA this summer. He raced a handful of times and every week we were all amazed at how good he was doing. I’ll be honest, I really wasn’t expecting it. Not that I didn’t think he could be good, but to be as good as he was right out of the box had me speechless. Just like any young driver, all he wants to do is race. So he made his Wisconsin Big 8 Series debut at Jefferson Speedway and then added Oktoberfest to his list. His next stop is the Governor’s Cup in New Smyrna, FL in November.
Last Saturday he qualified 18th out of the 55 or however many cars there were, almost raced his way in and was given a provisional for the feature event. Starting 27th, the 17 year old rookie and one of my favorite kids of all time, raced his way to 11th in his first ever Oktoberfest event. I was so proud of him.
I told him when I started my blog it wasn’t going to be about him, haha. But when I had the opportunity to talk about him on live radio, it prompted me to give him a big shoutout because he is one of those guys that is not only focused on racing, but an incredible role model for my son. He is the type that will admit his faults but stand up for himself when he needs to, all the while respecting everyone around him and in turn the sport itself.
Watching Caleb at the track has reminded me that racing is like a melting pot of personalities. If you were to line up 10 different drivers, I bet you would likely discover 10 different personalities. I think that’s a huge part of why so many different types of people are attracted to the sport. I don’t know of many people who go to a race track and can’t find a group they fit in with.
The observer that I am and having grown up at the track since day one, I think I’ve learned more about the benefits there are to having so many different kinds of people all sharing a love for the same thing. I believe that’s why there is so much passion. Not all drivers are the same, not all crew members are the same, not all fans are the same. In short track racing the differences are actually what bring us all together and create the driving force behind the competition and desire to win. I look forward to Caleb Adrian bringing his personality into the sport no matter where he races and cannot wait to see where it takes him. Love you buddy! #ACR29
And that’s what I’m talking about…interviews triggering more to think about and more to share. 🙂