Circle Track has a new edition to the family--me! Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Pete Epple and I'm a huge car guy. To put it bluntly, if it goes fast, I like it. For the past three and a half years I have been one of the Associate Editors on CT's sister publication Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine. For the last 17 years I have been involved in all kinds of motorsports. I started working on drag cars with my father when I was only 13. By the time I was 17, I was turning wrenches on an F-150 (Metric GM chassis), which was raced in the American Race Truck Series (ARTS). Campaigned by Crazy Horse Racing in New Jersey, the team traveled to tracks from New Hampshire to North Carolina, and I cut my teeth on a lot of great short tracks on the East Coast.
This exposed me to loads of different kinds of racing from Legends to Modified. After a few years I worked my way up to being the crew chief, and took some opportunities to work on other asphalt cars. The team eventually decided to try its hand at running with big boys, and we started assembling a Camping World Truck team. I watched guys like Rick Crawford, Mike Skinner, and Ted Musgrave, and I got the chance to compete against them. Unfortunately, the team was extremely low budget, and we wrecked in our second attempt at making the Truck race in Bristol, and couldn't afford to build a second truck.
After taking some time off from racing, I landed a job with Source Interlink Media as an Associate Editor on MM&FF, which is when I met Rob Fisher and became more acquainted with Circle Track magazine. Rob introduced me to the Project Dirt Late Model, and for the first time I decided to go dirt racing. As I familiarized myself with the project, I realized the potential (and equipment) to win was there, they just needed a little outside perspective. And shortly after, we took a win at Lake City Speedway.
Since then, my only direct connection to CT has been through our Mini Stock project, City Boy. With the ability to now work on the car full-time, things should come together quickly, and before you know it, City Boy will be mixing it up with the Central Florida Mini Stocks.
Beyond that, there are some awesome projects on the horizon for the CT team, and there is a lot to look forward to. Besides reading the magazine, there are a few ways to keep up on everything we have going, and www.circletrack.com and social media will be huge in the future. Facebook and Twitter are your direct link to the CT staff, and we are on both everyday. So throw us a "like" on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@CircleTrackMag), and share your story ideas, brag about winning on Saturday night, or just let us know what you think of the magazine. Until next time, keep it shiny side up!