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#1 new late model driver?
racefannnnn

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02/21/2012 6:25 PM

Has anyone heard of the new kid coming up from baby grands? I guess he won a ton of races last year..he's from Spokane he also won the championship in those little cars! Joey bird is his name...how do you guys think he will do??
 
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1Racersedge

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02/21/2012 7:45 PM

He didn't win the Championship. He finished 2nd to a 13yr old girl. Nicole Behar............
 
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1Racersedge

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02/21/2012 7:46 PM

Both very talented for their age...............
 
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racefannnnn

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02/21/2012 8:16 PM

He won the west coast championship not the stateline championship
 
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racefannnnn

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02/21/2012 8:23 PM

That is far more important than a track championship plus he didn't start one race coming from the stats
 
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nwmod39

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02/21/2012 8:42 PM

Jeff Birds nephew i believe.
 
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b40dash8

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02/21/2012 9:32 PM

Joey Bird is a great racer. Braeden and him swapped wins for 4 years in go karting. Jeff will build him great engines and set his cars up good.

Nichole Behar is the same. Mike is a hell of a set up man and engine builder Ed Nereaux builds her engines.

Once they get their feet wet they will be SUPER tough.

RaceFannnnn. 3 posts. Must be a family member. Lol. But here nor there Joey and Nichole are awesome.
 
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racefannnnn

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02/21/2012 9:57 PM

not a family member..i just think the kids good but yes nicole is a great driver...she is a good young lady with lots of talent and a great personality! just wamt to know what you guys think of the young crew coming up! joey nicole and whoever else is coming up to late models...let everyone know what you think of them!
 
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lml29

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02/22/2012 4:48 AM

Just hope they don't go out thinking they are going to win their first race and wreck half of the field in the process, hopefully they will be mature enough to hang back and follow and learn for a few races.
 
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legaleez

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02/22/2012 8:21 AM

wow ron, thanks why no one likes you. And isn't Nicole running late models this year too?
 
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racefannnnn

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02/22/2012 8:41 AM

Yes I believe she is
 
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lml29

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02/22/2012 9:34 AM

That wasn't anything negative - I have raced against too many of these new to a class drivers and have seen them start up front and create total havoc trying to win rather than choosing to start at the back of the pack for a few races to get the feel of things, in fact my last late model was destroyed by the very same thing. Both drivers and parents need to put their egos aside and learn the class and the people they are racing against for a few races before trying to make a name for themselves or set the racing world on fire. Remember - you're not just dealing with daddy's money, you're spending everyone else's also when you get in over your head. And Todd is right, it's pretty obvious who started this thread.
 
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302_Ford

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02/22/2012 9:39 AM

I agree lml29. A Latemodel is alot of racecar and a pretty big step from whichever class you run. The competition level is higher and alot of the skills required to race in that class cannot be taught anywhere else. About anyone can roll around a half second off the pace, but to compete requires more than most are capable of.
 
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wj98802

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02/22/2012 9:44 AM

Back in the day new drivers to a class had to start in back for so many races or until they showed they could handle traffic.
 
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lml29

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02/22/2012 9:48 AM

Every class should still have that same rule, people go out and run a bunch of practice laps and get to running good times so they think they are ready and have absolutely no idea what that car is going to do in a traffic situation, kids especially can get themselves into trouble as they have the added pressure of not letting dad down after all of the hard work and money spent.
 
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legaleez

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02/22/2012 10:54 AM

it's the geezers upset about kids beating them. hasbeen...
 
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302_Ford

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02/22/2012 11:19 AM

I don't think they are talking about racing type incidents, but driving into wrecks or spun-out cars when 10 other cars made it around the incident just fine shouldn't happen, espescially with a spotter. Or overdriving the car in the wrong situations because of the unrealistic expectaions placed on these kids. Driving any car is a huge responsibility, espescially a 600+ HP latemodel.
 
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lml29

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02/22/2012 11:49 AM

Personally I don't care who wins a race as long as they don't cost me alot of money and work doing it, just comes down to plain old common sense and it's obvious that you are lacking in that department legaleez, there are alot of young drivers with a huge amount of talent - take the Tarr kids for example, and there are also alot of young drivers with a huge amount of backing and moderate talent also - regardless of which ones they are I would hope that they - if not made to - chose to start in the back and learn the ropes when making such a big jump - both of the above mentioned kids come from racing families so I'm sure they will chose to do the right thing.
 
#19 Re:Not just those already mentioned
dpace

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02/22/2012 12:22 PM

Quote posted by b40dash8:Joey Bird is a great racer. Braeden and him swapped wins for 4 years in go karting. Jeff will build him great engines and set his cars up good.

Nichole Behar is the same. Mike is a hell of a set up man and engine builder Ed Nereaux builds her engines.

Once they get their feet wet they will be SUPER tough.

RaceFannnnn. 3 posts. Must be a family member. Lol. But here nor there Joey and Nichole are awesome.


In the greater Spokane area Joe Bird, Havens and Nicole are just a few of the next generation coming to/or recently competing but also toss in Blake Williams, Garrett Sawyer, Jake & Joe Bissett Kahlen Koch and coming soon Jared Storer, Colton Schultz etc. The area has a good group of young talent moving into the ranks which hasn't been the case in the last few years.

 
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veteran

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02/22/2012 12:32 PM

"Pass... without touching" ... is to be respected. Smile
 
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b40dash8

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02/22/2012 12:46 PM

Hell yes Pace. Plenty. And don't forget your own son Jaelen. He was wheeling go karts with Braeden and Joey for years too.

And Jaelen has an awesome chassis/car underneath him this year as well.
 
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lml29

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02/22/2012 12:49 PM

You can say that again! What alot of these people don't realize is that most of these young drivers like the two mentioned above have probably never in their lives driven a car that is capable of spinning the tires without revving it up and dumping the clutch - what do you think is likely to happen the first time they see that green flag with 600 horsepower under their foot and 20+ cars behind them? you don't get that experience from hotlapping, I know a few grown men that could never figure it out who left alot of pissed off racers and destroyed cars in their wake - you just have to set aside the ego in favor of common sense.
 
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Queep8

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02/22/2012 1:13 PM

"young" = quick reflex,snap decisions,can do anthing..... "old" slowed down reflex,thinks ahead, realizes shit happens..... Put the two together and it makes for potential problems and fun racing for fans, but just to damn expensive.. Wink
 
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legaleez

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02/22/2012 2:45 PM

Hmm... it only took Blake what, 3 races and he started winning? You can tell a kid to be patient, you can't tell them not to try and win...
 
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302_Ford

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02/22/2012 3:02 PM

I'm pretty sure winning your third race is the exception not the rule...
 
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