Don Jr. was 16 years old when he started his racing career on May 24, 2002 at Rapid Speedway. He has earned the money and has done most of the work on the car himself with some help from friends, his dad and brother-in-law Kevin.
Don has never done any type of racing before, unless you count the hours spent on computer racing games and racing online.
On the third night at Rapid Speedway Don finished a feature ( finally got the bugs worked out in the fuel system).
In his 4th night at Rapid Speedway (6th race ever) he won his first race! Making him the youngest A Feature winner at the speedway. His second win came at Huset's Speedway in his 5th time there (11th race over all). His 3rd win of the season was at Rapid Speedway on August 2, 2002. On August 23 he had a clean sweep, winning both his heat and the feature!
The year ended poorly with lots of mechanical problems.
Finished in 6th in National NMRA points
Finished in 6th place at Huset's Speedway
Finished in 10th pace at Rapid Speedway
Don's Senior Pictures
Win at Rapid Speedway 8/8/03
Win 7/10/04 Lake County Speedway
Win 8/13/04 at Rapid Speedway
Win 9/4/04 Lake County Speedway
5 - Wins
9 - 2nd Place Finishes
32 - Top 5 Finishes
48 - Top 10 Finishes
All these shows with a 1 man pit crew - Dad!
4th in NMRA National Points
3rd at Rapids Speedway
4th at Lake County
7th at Husets Speedwa
Don had the Highest year end point standing
of any Rookie in NMRA and at all three tracks he competed at.
He had 2 wins at Husets Speedway and was the only Rookie to win there!
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