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  • Dirt racing has its good days and it’s bad.
    June 18, its Fairbury’s Modified Special tonight. Racers from miles come to try to get their hands on the top spot for the grand prize and memory that last forever. We, my dad and I, are getting our car tuned and ready to go in the pits. We are going for it all tonight. Getting ready to roll on the track for qualifying, my dad leans into the cockpit and tells me the phrase that is in my head every time I go out to qualify. “I want you to drive into the corner harder than you ever have before. I don’t care if you hit the wall, you are either going to set fast time or come off on the hook. Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back”
    As I pull out on the track the car feels good. I get the green and it all comes down to this one lap. I throw it sideways into turn 1 and hit the cushion perfect. As I come off the corner all I can think about is I have to hit my marks going into turn 3. I know that the cushion is right on the wall but I don’t care. I’m going to have a good lap. I throw the car in the corner and as I start to get back on the gas, all I can hear is the sound of the rear of the car sliding and grinding against the concrete. I think about what my dad told me “Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back,” so I push the pedal to the floor and get back to the finish line. I look up at the score board to see what my time was...
    13.61…
    My fastest lap ever turned at Fairbury to this day. Every time I go out on the track out on the track all I can hear in the back of my head is that phrase, “Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back.”
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