Weatherford Democrat

Top News

April 11, 2014

Off to the races

Weatherford resident seeing his NASCAR dreams coming true

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.”

Text Only
Top News
Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results