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April 11, 2014

Off to the races

Weatherford resident seeing his NASCAR dreams coming true

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To get the knowledge, Minor began making contact with some NASCAR teams and hooking up with them, both helping them at races and driving for them in rides I leased in lower series, such as the ARCA Racing Series. He began finding out how to develop a team, but started running into problems.

“The problem I faced was that most NASCAR teams, and nearly all experienced NASCAR level crew chiefs and crew members, are based in the Carolinas,” Minor said. “I had the desire, had acquired enough knowledge to start the process, but couldn’t run an entire NASCAR team by myself.”

Minor found a potential solution at the end of 2011 after making contact with Eric Caudell, owner of the United States Super Truck Series, and his team, all based in Oklahoma City. Minor proposed his plan, noting that neither of the men had the resources to do it all themselves. But by combining resources, it could happen.

Over the 2012 and 2013 racing seasons, the pair began to form an alliance, starting with a targeted driver development program, under the direction of crew chief Garry Stephens, in the USST series to refine and develop Minor’s driver skills to a level capable of NASCAR racing.

“Early in 2012 the pair began acquiring the assets necessary to go NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Racing all while I still had not received clearance from NASCAR to drive in one of its top series,” Minor said. “We bought a couple of race trucks, engines, and set up shop in Oklahoma City.”

At the end of 2013, after a long application and approval process, Minor was able to get his NASCAR clearance and license as a driver with the condition that he started at Martinsville Speedway under the strong evaluation of NASCAR pending further approval.

Minor’s next race is scheduled to be at Gateway Speedway in St. Louis on June 14, and then possibly Iowa Speedway July 12. Minor said things can only go up from here and he is looking forward to the challenge.

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