It’s wintertime! And for much of the country, that means all-terrain tires, better windshield wipers, and warm socks. But for some guys (and girls) in the lower regions of the USA, that means it’s time to get out the desert toys and race vehicles and head out for a season of go-fast fun! The heat may have decreased, but the competition has increased with new governing race bodies forming and taking the place of some older circuits that have either died or are on their way out.
While it may look like there’s no room left for you on the racecourse with all the extreme sports athletes and celebrities on the track these days, nothing could be further from the truth. Racing organizations are eager for more entries, and there are still some classes that go almost unmanned (with race drivers). If you’ve ever had the inkling to go racing, now is the time. The LOORRS circuit has a newer regional class that allows you to bring in an almost stock truck or SUV (with a few safety refinements and additions), and BITD and SCORE have had stock and limited modifications classes for years. Some classes see fewer than three entries at certain races. If you race in such an “exclusive” class, you’ll likely see a trophy and podium finish if you show up and successfully finish the race.
If a trophy isn’t motivation enough, then how about the life-changing experiences and opportunities of racing to coax you into the competition? Friends can group together to become teams that will support, teach, and rely upon each other to get the job done. A group of beginners can quickly become “professionals” as experience is taught through necessity and improvisation to make sure a race vehicle crosses the finish line.
Now I know what a lot of you are about to say: “I don’t have the money to go racing!” Well, neither do I. That’s why I don’t have my own race truck, either. But I have been part of a team before—and the cost of that was basically my time. Many teams are happy to have the help, and while you may slide some dollars over for your own fuel and food while you work with a racing team, there are no big expenditures for a guy who’s just there to learn and lend a hand. Joining an existing race team can teach you the ins and outs of racing, and help you leapfrog into your own truck someday.
But it doesn’t matter if you’re in the truck or in the pits; if you’re part of a race team, then you’re racing. Race wins are not accomplished by a single driver; they’re accomplished by a team of dedicated guys who will wrench into the night, spill their own blood, and do whatever else it takes to get that truck across the finish line.