We at InsideDirtRacing.com recognize the contributions made to the sport of dirt racing by those who race in the support classes each week at our local tracks. Their work, dedication and sacrifice are just as great as those who compete in the Late Model divisions. As a result, we hope to shine a spotlight on one of those unsung heroes each week of this season by having them answer eight questions as well as provide other information.
This week’s driver is Logan Dukes
Logan Dukes is a proven winner in the Classics division at both the 411 Motor Speedway and the Tazewell Speedway. But 2014 will be a year of change for the 22-year-old Knoxville resident as he will make the move into Tazewell’s Sportsman class with a Rocket chassis and a 604 crate engine.
“We’ll be running at Tazewell most of the year, but I think we’ll come down to 411 and Smoky Mountain to run some of their crate races later in the year.”
1. How long have you been in racing?
“I started when I was 13, so this will be my ninth year.” And as far as his move into a new class, “I’m excited and very anxious to see how it goes. I think in time we’ll be able to do alright.”
2. Why the Sportsman class?
“The reason why we chose to run in the Sportsman class is because Tazewell is a track I have the most laps on, and I feel like it’s a good track for me to learn the car and learn how to work on the car at the same track instead of running different tracks.”
3. The best thing about being a race car driver is____.
“For me, it’s a getaway. You can forget about everything that’s gone on in the week when you strap in the car and you can just go out there and enjoy driving.”
4. Your best moment in racing came when ____.
“This might be everybody’s answer, but for me, it has to be my first win. It’s was at 411 when it was asphalt. It was on Father’s Day and my dad was there and we got to enjoy it together.”
5. My biggest dream in racing would be _____.
“Probably to win a NeSmith race.”
6. What other racer do you admire?
“It’s got to be Ronnie Johnson. Or if you want to go NASCAR, it would be my buddy Trevor(Bayne).”
7. What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re away from the track?
“Hanging out with my family or hanging out with my church family.”
8. If I wasn’t racing I would be ____.
“I would be doing full time missions work. If I wasn’t racing I’d probably take a couple of foreign missionary trips. I’d probably do more work in prison ministries on the weekends. But racing is working in the mission fields as well.”