Racin' Down Under
Dear Circle Track,
I'm writing from Western Australia and I have just read through the article "Street Stock Nation" in the Sept. 2009 edition. I couldn't help but realize how similar the U.S. sedan racing is to ours here in West Aussie in regards to the people and camaraderie.

I don't know if you are aware or are familiar with our divisions but the people, drivers, and teams here are similar to the U.S., real battlers and everyday people enjoying racing on low budgets. We have a thriving sedan sport here and are very family oriented. My family, for example, all race. My 15-year-old daughter races junior sedans, my 13-year-old son is a quad racer, and my wife and I race senior division sedans.

If you have any questions or would like any info on this subject I would very much welcome the chance to communicate with you further. Kind regards,
Dave Hall

That's awesome! How bout emailing us some pictures!

Dear Circle Track,
I just got the Jan. 2010 issue of Circle Track and the author of the "unsigned" letter in "Q & A"makes me laugh. This guy almost has the right idea. By that, I mean that racers by nature have a "do whatever you have to" attitude. That being said, there are limits . . . don't take food off the table, make sure you pay your bills first, and so on. I'm in my late 30s and went back to finish college last year. I have been racing for 17 years and driving for 6 years. I finally decided to finish college last fall. I still have two kids at home, a mortgage, bills, blah, blah, blah. We are not rich, not poor. We are very good with money and that has allowed us to do quite a bit with what we have.

I didn't race in 2009 because it didn't make sense to race then borrow money for tuition. Additionally, I wanted to start building a new Sportsman car and move up to the 1/2-mile. I won't race on a 1/2-mile without a head-and-neck restraint, a better seat, and a better fuel cell. I will race again in 2010 or 2011, but not until I have upgraded my safety equipment. I already take a lot of heat because I wear a firesuit, turtleneck underwear, gloves, socks, and shoes.

Now, was I happy about not racing this year? Hell no! I could have raced my Street Stock at the 1/4-mile track I normally run, but I don't want to race unless I can race how I want. Like you said, if you can't afford to race, don't. A friend of mine couldn't afford his Late Model so he moved down to the Sportsman class. He said he is having fun again and spending less money.

By the way, I think racing is an addiction! I guess the bottom line is, I know that I will race again. When I am done with college, I will be making more money and will be better off . . . it will just take a couple years. It's worth the sacrifice now to be better prepared in the future. Not only for racing but for my family as well.

Woo Sprint Costs
Dear Circle Track,
I was wondering if you could answer a question for me? Could you tell me how much (approximately) it costs a team to run a full season of the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series? And can a team make a good living out of racing in the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series?
Stephen Laker

Running the full WoO Sprint Car season will cost somewhere around $750,000 to be competitive for the year. With 70 races criss-crossing the country in a time span of about 10 months the biggest and often most overlooked cost factor is the travel and related expenses, such as food, hotel, laundry, and so on. How you roll down the road has a lot to do with how much money you need. The answer to your second question is yes . . . if you have full corporate sponsorship.