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THE FIRST STEP

 

Go to your local race track (dirt or asphalt doesn't matter) and buy a pit pass if possible. Then go in and strike up a conversation with someone. Drivers, crew members, and officials are all great resources with different perspectives on what it takes to get started at that track. As long as they don't have pressing work to do most people will be more than happy to talk to you, but please be courteous.

 

Ask if they have a minimum age. Many tracks' age limit is lower than the state driving age. If your child is too young to race at that track then someone will probably direct you to a local karting association.

 

There are definitely no "gimmies" here. Hard work, practice, natural skill, luck and money all play a role in your ability to catch a break.

 

Becoming a NASCAR driver is not just about your raw racing talent. There are a number of other factors that will determine whether or not you will ever see a green flag in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.

 

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

 

Racing at it's highest level is a physically demanding sport. 500 miles with a 120-degree track temperature can be brutal.

 

 

A regular exercise program will improve your stamina and help you stay sharp over the course of a long hot race.

 

Also, a slim and toned driver will have an advantage over one that's heavier. In racing, every pound counts and that includes the driver as well as the race car.

 

GET A GOOD EDUCATION

 

In NASCAR sponsors are the true key to success. You need every possible advantage in order to represent the sponsors well. A good education gives you the ability to speak well in front of the camera.

 

A racer represents his sponsor everywhere he goes. If you want a quality ride then you need the sponsors' money. Before they will write a check the sponsor needs to believe that you will represent them well.

 

In the early days of NASCAR, you could drop out of school and be successful. With today's high-tech race cars and the ever increasing business side of the sport, a high school education is the bare minimum. 1992 Winston Cup Champ Alan Kulwicki was the first ever to have a college degree, now it's becoming more and more common as drivers are realizing the importance of a good education.

 

GO FOR IT!

 

Getting all the way to Sprint Cup is hard work. If you want to do it there is no "little bit." You've got to give it your all, all the time.

 

If you make it you can be a legend, but if you don't make it you'll still have a bunch of fun and learn a lot along the way.

 

 

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