Be Honest You can't win them all, no matter how hard you try. The competition may have years of experience and hundreds of sponsor dollars that you haven't gotten-yet. You have your own set of talents and strengths and can develop them in a positive way, but give it time. Don't expect to dethrone the big dog, especially when there may be four or five drivers who dominate. Above all, do not be discouraged. One thing you should plan to do is have fun. If it's not fun, what's the sense in doing it?

Don't try to keep up with those who have more, simply to keep up. If your budget allows you a pickup truck with a toolbox in the back, pulling an open trailer, so be it. Racing expense is best directed to the items that make the car faster and safer. In time, you may develop the budget to expand your equipment, but don't expect it to happen from the start. You have your bills, and they have theirs.

Even though the rules are the same for everyone, drivers have different styles. Use your knowledge to develop what is best for you. Some may use different setups or higher-horsepower engines. They may have the latest, greatest parts that help them win. In reality, it may not help you for a number of reasons. You have to do what works for you and let the rest of them figure out their own plan.

Even though you may be racing in one of the lower divisions, your on-track and off-track image is vital to racing success. Many successful racers will stress the importance of keeping clean. You never know who is watching. Many sponsors want a driver who stays away from controversy. They look for marketability, as well. Maintaining your equipment further states that you're serious about what you're doing. You can earn the respect of the competition by keeping your nose clean. You have to walk a tight line down the middle at times, but it may be worth it in the long run.

Let's Go Racing If you think you have what it takes, by all means, go racing. Be prepared to experience the lowest of lows while in pursuit of the highest of highs. The disappointment will be there. Regulating it will be the challenge to success. The disappointment can be thwarted through attainable goals, realistic expectations, patience, and common sense-especially in safety. You can always develop ability. All you need is the opportunity.