He realizes that not every driver-especially blue-collar, short-track racers-can afford to hire a professional coach.

"But they don't need to," he says.

"The only requirement to be a coach is the ability to watch a driver on a track, analyze what he does, compare it to what other drivers are doing and see if there might be a way to improve.

"It may be that the best coach is someone who races at the same track and would be willing to come to a practice session and offer suggestions and advice," he says. "The key is that the coach has to be someone the driver trusts and respects and is willing to listen to."

Why a practice session? "The feedback has to be immediate," he says. "A coach can't talk to a driver about what he or she did on lap 10 of a race and expect the driver to remember. That's why having a radio-and many tracks won't let you use a radio on race nights-is important.

"And during a race on a short track, the driver is pretty busy with other things," he says.

Dyer also says drivers can be their own coaches.

"If you're having a problem with a corner, sit back and try to figure out why. What are you doing and how can you do it differently. Go out and watch another driver."

"As drivers, for the most part, we all know what we need to do," he says. "From time to time we just need to be reminded."

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