By BRIAN SMITH
It’s taken some time and a lot of work, but Ted Minor has joined the world of NASCAR.
Minor, a Weatherford resident and Mineral Wells native, took part in a practice session in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville, Va., late last month. Due to some mechanical problems, he was unable to race, but Minor said he learned a lot during his time in Virginia.
“We had a great practice session running against the other teams and, as a result, we were able to get clearance from NASCAR immediately to race at other tracks,” Minor said. “It was almost like a dream, almost surreal, strapping into the truck getting ready for the first practice, looking out the window watching other drivers who I have only ever watched on TV getting in their trucks as well, knowing I was about to be on the track door to door with them.”
After working at the Pentagon in the Air Force, Minor returned to Dallas to work in the telecommunications field. Upon his return, he turned his love of watching racing into racing itself, competing on local dirt tracks at Kennedale Speedway Park and Cowtown Speedway in 2001.
Around the same time that the telecommunications bubble started to burst, Minor began to get into rental property, starting with one house he purchased and remodeled himself in Mineral Wells. Over the next several years, Minor continued to develop the rental property business and race locally, moving from dirt to asphalt tracks at Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls and Altus Speedway in Altus, Okla., with a goal of taking part in a NASCAR race.
“I began to have the idea to develop a NASCAR team and get licensed as a NASCAR driver, a process that is very tough and lengthy,” Minor said. “Since I tend to enjoy business and entrepreneurship, developing a NASCAR team was right down my alley. The problem was, like most local racers, I had no idea how to make this happen. The dream was there but not the knowledge.”