(From my seat high above the Talladega Superspeedway)
Welcome to my Cyber World of Working On My Redneck. I am the Chairman of the Board, CEO, editor, publisher, proof reader, research assistant, and the janitor for this site.
I will reveal a little bit of information about me and why I love racing.
I am a former USAF C-141A Lockheed Starlifter pilot based at Travis AFB in the late 70’s, and retired airline pilot with type ratings on the B-737, B-757/767, B-747-400, Airbus A-320, and of course the L-300 ( C-141).
I have been going to racing in one form or another for more than 50 years. My older brothers started taking me to local short track racing, as well as drag racing in the Fresno, CA area in about 1960. Even back then USAC and NASCAR came to Fresno, Clovis, and Hanford, CA with the names of A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Johnny Rutherford, Roger Ward, Eddie Sachs, Red Farmer, Parnelli Jones, the Allison brothers, Cale Yarborough, and Richard Petty, etc.
In addition to oval racing, I have also been a part of the straight-liners, drag racing. I have witnessed the very young Don “The Snake” Prudomme starting out his drag racing career for Roland Laong’s “Flying Hawaiian”, Connie Kallita, Tom McEwen, and “Big Daddy” Don Garlitts in the early years, as well.
Witnessed by the fact that my profession was flying, I have always had a passion for speed! It didn’t matter if the speed was airborne or on the ground, I just loved speed. The sound of the P-51 and the sound of a 7,000 hp Top Fuel dragster, both, brings chills to me! If it hauls the mail, slings dirt, burns rubber, hurts your ear drums, or just looks really cool, I love it!
Therefore, my goal is try to quench your thirst for NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA, the World of Outlaws, and other forms of racing news. However, my main focus will be NASCAR racing. Some articles will be pure news and facts, and some articles will be editorial and my opinions. Nevertheless, I hope that you will join in and contribute to an open discussion of the events and stories of this web site.
Now, for the real truth as to how I came up with the name of this site. I have been using this phrase, “working on my redneck“, for years in referencing my love, no make that my addiction to racing! As I have stated before, if it is loud, burns rubber, slings dirt, or just plainly “hauls the mail”, I love it! But when queried as to where I was last weekend, or why do I go to races, I would always retort, “I was just working on my redneck”! That would usually get a smirk or a laugh from the other folks. Nevertheless, in reality I was telling everyone the truth!
Now one definition of being a “redneck” is a glorious absence of sophistication! Thank you, Jeff Foxworthy! It is funny but not always a true definition of being a “redneck”.
However, there is another faction of the public who think that being a “redneck” is loving racing, NASCAR in particular, especially since it was born in the Southeast from the moonshine era. Since I might be guilty of both of those definitions, it was only appropriate that I purchased that domain name to reflect that idea and write about all forms of racing!
I hope that you enjoy my take on what is going on in the racing world! Additionally, I hope that my articles will entertain you, possibly educate you, trigger a comment or response from you, or maybe just possibly make you laugh!
One thing that is certain, I will call ’em as I see ’em!
Have fun with my website, join in, possibly share this site with your friends, and leave your comments!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!