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Discussion in 'Shortcourse Racing' started by PDANK Racing, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. PDANK Racing

    PDANK Racing Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2010
    Green Bay,WI
    I was thinking about this today and am interested in hearing other peoples stories about how they got into shortcourse. To start it off, I'll tell mine.

    I've pretty much lived in green bay my whole life except for a short stint in Camarillo in the early 90's. I remember starting to hear other kids talk about the brush runs when I was in middle school, shortly after moving back from CA. One of my first memories of Crandon is seeing a snowmobile race as we drove past sometime during the late 80's. During high school some kids would talk about going up to the brush runs, but I never got an actual explanation of what it was. I figured it was mud drags or something like that. It wasn't really advertised that well, or maybe I was too busy thinking about poontang to notice. Fast forward to 2005, one of my good friends starts asking me to come with him. But since the races we're always on a holiday weekend, I would have other plans. Finally, after a few years of trying to get me to go, he comes up with a foolproof idea. Calls me up one day, and says,"I found a race truck." Me, instead of hanging up the phone like i should of, I got sucked into the racing abyss. He emailed me the link to an enduro truck on racing junk for $600.
    Which contained this picture
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    We ended up paying $300 for the truck minus a engine and some other misc. parts. The reason he had a foolproof plan is because I am an adrenaline junkie and the only thing I've ever wanted to do is race. My dad used to race back in the day, and we spent a lot of time watching racing at circle tracks and on TV. Circle track wasn't exciting enough for me, and since I really only watched for the crashes(who doesn't), I wasn't really interested in getting behind the wheel. I've always liked road course and rally, but had no clue how to get into that.

    So its friday of Memorial weekend 2008, spent thursday night awake double checking everything on the truck. Pull up to Crandon, look at the track and am thinking Holy $h/t, what did I get myself into? So to ease the tension, we raged it until about 4am, which might not have been the best idea seeing our race was at 10:30am. But it was worth it, we had a blast. Next morning, I wake up to the smell of race gas, and motors roaring. Which IMO, is the best thing to wake up to, well, a close 2nd to my daughter's smile.
    I probably would have been anxious, but the BAC took care of that. Mind you, at this point I had only seen a couple shortcourse races on youtube, and had only driven the truck on the street in front of my shop. Lined up for the race, green flag dropped, and I let everybody get far enough in front of me, and stayed out of their way. I didn't care about position, just wanted to stay on the lead lap, and not break down. Ended up getting passed by the lead truck near the end of the race. Finished 11th out of 18 and every lap was a blast. And I wasn't even racing yet. Since that flag dropped, I have been hooked. It is now a full blown addiction. It's hard to describe the feeling while you race. Only the race matters, nothing else. Girl problems, money problems, **[​IMG] ¡Ay, caramba!****[​IMG] ¡Ay, caramba!****[​IMG] ¡Ay, caramba!****[​IMG] ¡Ay, caramba!****[​IMG] ¡Ay, caramba!****[​IMG] ¡Ay, caramba!****[​IMG] ¡Ay, caramba!****[​IMG] ¡Ay, caramba!** boss, whatever, all that doesn't exist while I'm on the track. It's like meditating in a 4000 lb timebomb while taking a dirt shower.

    Made the remaining races for the season and ended up 9th in points. Spent all my money, blew the motor up on the last race, frame and front end were twisted into scrapmetal, but I had the best summer of my life. I could have finished last in points and it still would have been awesome. All I could think about at that point was getting another truck together, no matter what. Best mistake I ever made.

    Please share your story, whether short or long, I'd really like to hear it.
    Thanks for listening,

    PDANK Racing
  2. 9five9

    9five9 Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2010
    Black Hills, SD
    My dad was a circle track racer. I grew up hanging out in that scene. when I got older, I really grew bored of roundy round. I watched monster trucks on TV all the time, and one day, there was a MTEG race on tv In a monster truck slot. I was mad at first, but realized it was worth watching, and from there forward, I was hooked. Some people follow football, baseball, basketball, etc..... I follow short course racing. I wish I was in a location where I could be more than just a fan, but right now that's all I can be.
  3. speedfun

    speedfun Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    El Cajon.Ca
    My dad brought home a dozen ¼ midgets in 1964 when I was 6yrs old. I raced 3 times a week till1969, in 1967-68 Bobby and Terry labonte and I raced the ¼ midget grand nationals in Huntsville Alabama it was all fun till I was 11yrs old and my folks split up, dad went MIA- from 12yrs old everything I have raced I had to build or buy old junk to go race, I raced moto-cross and jet skis till my 20s and then My first off road race was in Tampa 1983? Bought a car from Butch Peterson it was called a rabbit racing car, a total copy of a funco built by a guy named Bob Hair in Georgia. Curt Leduc was there in that 9 thousand pound jeep he used to race. First time on the track first jump Curt comes flying by me like a Sherman tank just fell out of the sky landing next to me I swear I could feel the ground shake.
    I was hooked ---
    30 years later-----Many series so much fun ---- so much fun still to come------
    FORDA //Tampa I-54 raceway// SODA // In the late 80s Glen Helen// MTEG /// CORR Crandon/// SCORE Riverside races///, corona//, ascot// TORC// and now LOORRS.
    73 broken bones later -- tomorrow is a new day. And I’m working all day on my Pro buggy to make the next race.
    Life is good
  4. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    The West of Ireland
    Saw a picture of a 73 chevelle, 6ft off the ground over the old "Rancho" jump in a dirt magazine in Crandon and I was hooked.
    Had a truck the next season.
  5. 450grl

    450grl Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2006
    Chandler, AZ
    I got into racing MX on quads on a whim in 2001 (unlike most of you, I didn't come from any kind of a racing background....unless getting a ton of speeding tickets in college counts?). After some early bumps and bruises, I actually wound up being pretty darn fast, and loved the thrill of MX. Jason and I were invited out to our first CORR race in 2007. I had seen it once or twice on TV, but until you see it in person, it's just not the same. Chula Vista, the Quarry, was my very first short-course watching experience. I was hooked.

    We talked about building a short-course UTV all the way home, and soon I was racing Superstock with Luke Johnson - haha! I remember when they would throw the mandatory caution for the UTV class, I was still pedal to the metal the whole time trying to just catch up with my little stock motor before they threw the green again! 2008 was my first full season, and that's when we decided to throw me into the Pro UTV class...we stripped down my Super Stock chassis and turned it into the Rhino that I would eventually win my Championship in last year. We punched my motor out to a 720, and my first Pro race out, I lost the front diff in practice, but still started the race in 2-wheel drive.....I had a big lead right from the start, until one of my remaining two axles snapped in half, and that was the end of my first Pro UTV race. But it was enough......
  6. handmethemic

    handmethemic Well-Known Member

    Aug 26, 2006
    Crandon, Wisconsin
    I could rather easily write a 5,000 word story, but I don't want to get too long winded... here's the basics.

    • 1970: My Pa raced in the original Brush Run 101 (tangent here: during the race his car's gas tank fell out and he strapped it into the backseat with a coil of barbed wire he found and continued--and finished--the race). He raced until 1980 (I believe).
    • 1983-84: Five guys decided it was time to move the racetrack to its current location at the old family farm. My Pa was one of those five, and he mortgaged his home at the time so he could chip in for the land.
    • November 1987: I was born. In June 1988 I attended my first race at Crandon--haven't missed one since.
    • 1999: I started helping out in the sound tower at Crandon: first as a "gopher" then running the soundboards and eventually music.
    • 2005: I announced my first race when Jay Schaefer handed me the microphone (see where I get my name from?) before the Governor's Cup race and said, "here, you're announcing this."

    When people ask how I got involved I often say that I had no choice--which is essentially true. It's also been said that I was born in Turn One at Crandon--I can't confirm or deny that.
  7. pdailey

    pdailey #buggydork

    Jan 15, 2007
    Vista, CA
    1980's. LA Coliseum. Mickey Thompson.
  8. CYS Motorsports

    CYS Motorsports Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Macomb, MI
    My Dad built a couple motors for people in SODA (Scott Douglas, Ed/George Schultz). My first race I was 5 years old and it was Fall Crandon 1997. I could never forget it. Went on and off to a few close races (Crandon, Bark River).

    Then when I turned 10 in 2002, I started going to all the races with my Dad(still doing motors for Douglas). From 2002 to 2005 I didn't miss a single CORR race.

    Haven't missed a midwest race since 2008 Oshkosh. Now I help teams out and I can't imagine life without off road racing.
  9. bob380sx

    bob380sx Well-Known Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    henderson, nv
    I have no idea; I think I was born this way.
  10. DailyPedal

    DailyPedal Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    So Cal-where else?
    My dad was an old racer and ran the lakes and drags in California in the 50s and 60s. He stopped racing when I came along but we went to watch anything that moved-lakes, hill climbs, MX, sand drags, mud bogs, Nascar, drags, planes and boats...everything-he was a fan and I am a fan of motorsports...but we never had enough time or money to be directly involved. When I was 16, friends told me about off road races out in the So Cal deserts. It was the late 70s and things were just picking up. This was it and no fee to spectate so I was going. Plus all were welcome and there was always someone looking for a few helping hands. I became instamtly hooked and loved being involved with teams. A local VW shop had a 5-1600 car parked out front and I stopped by to drool on it. The co owners offered me a ride to Baja in exchange for help with the prep. I jumped head first into it despite the crusty/crazy car painter partner...
    20+years and many tales later...that same crusty/crazy and now completely crotchety car painter became the tech director of the brand new CORR Series. I made a call to see if he needed any help and I was swept into the vortex that is shortcourse...I feel very lucky to have met some great people and personalities during the CORR days and now with the Lucas Series and wouldn't want to be anywhere else...my crazy family...gotta love ya...
  11. justafan

    justafan Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2008
    Fond du Lac, WI
    Family tradition, seems just about everyone in my family has raced on thing or another.

    Though money has kept us being a fan for many years, as a youngster my Dad raced and crewed/raced NMRO mud drags, circle track, drag raced. As I got older I followed along in his foot steps. Crewed for cars, drag raced and as expenses and family came I became "justafan"

    Offroad racing came into play at about 10. My Dad and Uncle had raced in the first Brush Run in a car sponsored by my Grandpa (Cy's Bar now Pack 'em Inn). After many years of listening to the great stories told over a beer, in my case soda, I finally got to see Crandon after my Grandpa moved back to Rhinelander from Texas. Been on that hill every year since. Almost was able to have 4 generations on there one year....

    From what my Grandpa said, the history was almost written as 6 men decided to move the track. Can't confirm, but he said he chickened out and didn't pony up.

    The racing has started again, as my Son has just started racing karts at Road America. He says Crandon turn one is on his list!
  12. dhardesty

    dhardesty Well-Known Member

    Oct 17, 2002
    Poway California
    I read a post on RDC from Dirty!
  13. dhardesty

    dhardesty Well-Known Member

    Oct 17, 2002
    Poway California
    This Ad we ran in the 2006 Score Baja 1000 program says it all!

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  14. NCwilbur

    NCwilbur Well-Known Member

    Jul 24, 2011
    Winston Salem, NC
    As much as few people in the sport don't want to hear this I'm sure, I crossed off because of Robby. I was all about NASCAR or rockcrawling, and followed Robby's adventures which lead to desert racing. After that I remember learning about Crandon, and short afterly after that the video game DIrt came out, I was hooked. I've been every since getting more into offroad racing from desert to short course to ultra 4.

    Last year I got to attend my first race ever at Charlotte. It was beyond words for anything I've ever seen, and this year I went back with my dad, and got to actually help with Lovell racing (which was a dream to me). Now all I want to do is get to Crandon, and find a way to help anyway I can in the sport on a team!
  15. 3D of 3DCS

    3D of 3DCS Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Short story, I was born into it. I mean come on, I'm from the Crandon area. Haven't missed a race in Crandon literally since I was born.
  16. Steve_Naughton

    Steve_Naughton Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2006
    Jim Baldwin - Championship Off Road Racing - Chula Vista 2005.

    Yeah I grew up going to original ADRA events, Mickey Thompson Supercross and some SCORE events, but I didn't really care until Chula 2005. That's when I became truly hooked. And it's been an incredible journey so far.
  17. Scott Rehn

    Scott Rehn Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2006
    oceanside, ca
    Steve, I can honestly say, that you are NOT just a fan of the sport, you my friend, are a integral PART of the sport now!
  18. wheeli

    wheeli Funny Guy from the North, eh

    Jun 8, 2010
    Stifflers moms house
    Grew up worshiping mx,started racing a age 12.When I was about 14 there were trucks and buggies racing as a halftime show at a race in wash state,I was hipnotized for years after that. Got my first 4x at 16 and started doing some obstacle course stuff then mud bog,then bought a honda oddysey in about 83,there was tons of racing for those around here.Built a long travel oddysey with 110 hp snowmobile motor and started travelling down south raced riverside 5 times,santacruz,sanhose flatrack nationals also raced 3 wheelers in 88 bought my first 10 car,did the local sc scene and raced MTEG everytime the came through seattle. Got married and tied down to a mortgage through most the 90s,put together a sc p2 that fed the need the last 10 years also have raced quads,jet skis,mtn bikes and I CC for a nw sprint car team that has nice deep pockets but my heart is in short course offroad. I go to sleep every night dreaming of everyone chasing me in p4
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