This past weekend was the annual Travis Memorial Race and was the 13th year for it. Travis was a great racer and friend and a hometown favorite who lost his life 2 miles from his house in a freak motorcycle accident with a small deer. We dedicated our car for this special night which has never been done before. We duplicated what his car was painted like when he raced his last race and we changed our number to his number and dedicated the whole car in his memory,
At the end of the night we had a silent auction and auctioned off all the body parts of the car including the top and front wing, the right and left arm guard and the complete hood. We raised almost $6000 and this was put in the Travis Memorial Scholarship fund that was set up after his death. Every year they give out a scholarship to someone at the local school, what an awesome deal!
The night night started off good as the car looked awesome and was a crowd favorite since this was a surprise to everyone in the stands. Travis’s dad drew our number for the starting position in the heat race. We had installed a brand new fresh engine and the car was going to be fast, and fast it was as we really wanted to win this one for a our fallen friend. We started in the 3rd row of a very tough heat race and finished in the 3 position. The car was fast and that got us qualified for the feature and with the inversion we would start in the 9th position of the 25 lap race. As the race started we got going really good and were passing and lapping cars. With 7 laps to go we were up to 3rd and gaining only to have a right rear tire losing air. With 5 to go the right rear tire blew and our night was done. We were a little disappointed for not finishing the race as we had a shot at the win for our buddy, but we ended up with a 17th place finish. Everything happens for a reason and number 17 was travis ‘s number, so maybe it was all meant to be.