Thankful for Racing

Thankful for Racing

by November 30, 2012 0 comments

It is the last day of November and the 2012 race season is all but complete. With the month of November being about thankfulness I think it is important for us to remember the reasons we are thankful for racing. People often become too fixated on chasing their racing dreams they lose sight of why they got involved in the sport to begin with.

Racing is filled with emotion, as is anything in life someone is passionate about. Sometimes we let those emotions gets the best of us and the anger and frustration show more than anything else. Often times we forget to stop and think about things rationally, in perspective.

In perspective, that one race that didn’t go our way does not matter – I am more guilty of this than anyone. Racing is important to each of us, but at the end of the day there are more important things – our friends, our family, our health. We should take a step back and realize to be thankful for our involvement in racing, in whatever capacity that may be and regardless of the results.

I think one key frustration in racing, and in everyday life, is the thought of ‘what could have been’. We spend too much time thinking about what we don’t have and playing all the ‘what ifs’ in our head. Sometimes we are not where we want to be, but pointed in the direction of where we should be.

Three years ago Chris (Lawson) was working at Red Bull as a fabricator, short track racing and also doing the occasional Nationwide start and park. He had a great job, got to race his late model stock, and also got the opportunity to participate on the NASCAR circuit for free. (Few opportunities come in NASCAR without paying, including start and park rides. Unfortunately we no longer live in the era where talent takes you to the top)

After working in the NASCAR circuit since he graduated high school, he lost his job at Red Bull in November 2009 and he started doing fabrication work with a friend. The following year he continued to do a few start and parks, but you could tell it became more and more frustrating – working with subpar equipment trying to make a means to an end to get into the race. In 2011 he went to the Nationwide event at Bristol and following decided the stress was not worth the end results.

He went through the phase of questioning himself, what he’d worked hard for since he was young and what was it all for? Several months later he got a call to crew chief for Ronnie Bassett Jr. at Fat Head Racing. Wanting a change of pace from the NASCAR ranks, he decided to give it a shot. 

I can attest to the world of difference it made for him. Over a year later he is still with Ronnie, you can see he enjoys it and enjoys being a part of racing again. When he raced this season at Rockingham Chris had a completely different outlook, and it was a welcomed change. He didn’t have the results he wanted; he was just happy to get his new car finished and be on the racetrack. Ultimately that is all that matters.

Everyone hopes to make it big in racing, and it is important to have goals. But regardless of where you end up in the racing world, it is significant to remember why you went down the racing path to begin – because you love it and enjoy it.

Sometimes you think you have everything, but when it is gone you realize it wasn’t what you made it out to be at the time. We can get so wrapped up in chasing something that we lose sight of why we even started down that path.

Don’t lose sight of your goals, but also don’t forget why you set them.  If racing is something you enjoy, be thankful for whatever involvement you are fortunate to have.

Caitlin Tinius

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