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NAME: Will Ferguson
TRACK: Wythe Raceway
HOMETOWN: Wytheville, VA
CAR: Chevrolet Camaro
Will Ferguson of Wytheville, Virginia believes you should never give up on your dreams. Will may be a rookie in the Street Stock division, but he understands that it's racers and not resumes that win races. At the Wythe Raceway Fourth of July special event, Will powered his 355ci Camaro to Victory Lane. With artwork done by his wife, including an awesome depiction of a wild feline on the hood, Will keeps his car sharp. Did we mention that Will, who's in the top five in points, got his first win at the age of 57? Never give up on your dreams.
NAME: Timothy Currier
DIVISION: Quarter Midget
Timothy Currier is taking a victory lap after his first Quarter Midget win, which came on Father's Day. Tim is 13 years old and began Quarter Midget racing a year ago (late in a career for most QM racers). The Curriers race with the Oswego County Quarter Midget Club in Fulton, New York and have found QM racing to be a great way to have fun and learn about racing technology.
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NAME: Chris Murphy
DIVISION: Late Model
TRACK: Kentucky Motor Speedway
HOMETOWN: Owensboro, KY
Chris logged his first feature win in September, but it took a few years to arrive. A veteran of the go-kart ranks, Chris decided to race stock cars. His first ride was a 1975 Monte Carlo, and during that first season, he gained valuable knowledge and experience about this new venture, resulting in a Top-10 finish in the final point standings. Chris stepped up the program to come away with second in the Street Stock division. It was now time to, as he put it, "run with the big dogs." After purchasing a 2000 Late Model Monte Carlo and long hours of tuning and adjusting, his ambition hit full throttle. The win helped keep the progress moving forward as the young man continues to pursue his racing dreams.
NAME: John McCollum
DIVISION: Toyota Sedan
TRACK: Madera (California) Speedway
HOMETOWN: Stockton, CA
John has been involved in racing since he was 16. He started racing at Stockton 99 (California) Speedway in the Hobby Stock division. In 1979, he finished second in points. He moved to the Late Model Sportsman class for three seasons, then jumped the fence to become a track official. In 1997, he stopped his officiating duties to help some friends with cars. He saw a Toyota Sedan for sale in 2000 at Madera (California) Speedway and got the fever. He ran the car for part of 2000 and the entire 2001 season, and on July 27, 2002, he and his car stopped in Victory Lane. He started the race at fourth and took the lead on Lap 3, never to be headed. John ended up in third place in the point standings at the end of 2002.
NAME: Brittany Fischer
DIVISION: ASA Late Model
TRACK: I-94 (Minnesota) Speedway (now known as Fergus Falls Raceway) (www.tntraceways.com)
HOMETOWN: Villard, MN
Brittany won her first feature race on July 26, 2002, and came back the next week and put up her second win. The student at Ridgewater College is believed to be the first woman to have won a Late Model main event in the region. She started her racing career in go-karts at the age of 13, then moved to a Modified at 16. From there, the next step was the ASA Late Model, and those two victories emphasized the move was the right one.
NAME: Chris Betz
DIVISION: Hobby Stock
TRACK: Champion (NV) Speedway
HOMETOWN: Carson City, Nevada
Chris had to know May 18, 2002, was going to be a special night. He took his '79 Camaro to victory in the trophy dash at the 1/4-mile high-banked track, but the feature loomed on the horizon. When you've got it going, it's a great thing because Chris went on to victory in the main event that night. He credits his friends who helped him build the car from the ground up and gave lots of hard work to get the job done. Chris' first win came in the second year of Hobby Stock competition.