Q&A with California Sprint Car ace Kevin Kierce
Kevin, how ya doing!
Kevin: Great! Just eating chocolate, that's my addiction, well,
chocolate and adrenaline!
How did you get into this deal?
Kevin: Well, my Dad was CRA rookie of the year in 1963, so I
was sorta born into it. When I was 19, my brother owned a car, and
wanted to sell out. So, my dad and I partnered up and bought him
out. My first race was the Don Peabody Classic at Ascot in 1984. I
was rookie of the year runner up in 85, and we ran most of the 86
season as well. Then I drove for a couple of different people in
87 & 88, and didn't drive again until Ventura in 1995. In 97 I
started driving for Ray Swann. Since then Ray and I have become
Are you ready to get the elbows up!
Kevin: I'm ALWAYS! Ready to get my elbows up!
Where do you plan on running this year? What's your plans?
Kevin: Well we started 05 in Tucson on Jan 1st, we will run the
inaugural SCRA 360 at Tulare in Feb. We will run all of the VRA
races. Perhaps a couple USAC/CRA races at Ventura with our 360,
and of course as many 1/4 midget races that we can make with my 14
year old son.
As a driver, what goes through your head during the off season?
Kevin: For the first 3 or 4 weeks its very relaxing, BUT! By
the 6th week I cant wait to get back at it.
Do you reflect on the previous season and what you could have
Kevin: Not so much on the previous season, but, every Monday I
have a large list of things I would have done different the
previous Saturday night.
Ventura is a racy little joint, what do you do to find
the fastest way to get around there?
Kevin: Great question. I think the coolest thing about Ventura
is how much it changes throughout the night. Even throughout a
main event it changes drastically.
The racing looks so intense there. At times it looks like guys
go where only Eagles dare to fly!
Kevin: Ya gotta do what you gotta do!
What do you do to mentally prepare yourself to go out there and
give it all you've got?
Kevin: I think being a good driver is almost a way of life. I
think if you are smooth and patient in your street car, it will
reflect in your racing. I need to ride the bike or jog a bit more
then I do now. And, If I'm racing Saturday, I wont even have a
beer with dinner Friday night. I just think you need to be as
sharp as possible. At the track, I actually sleep in the car in
the staging lanes.
OK, you're under red flag conditions, you're sitting in second
with 2 to go. What are some of the thoughts that would be going
through your head?
Kevin: Who's third? Is he running high or low, am I faster then
he is? Is VRA gonna let my crew chief out to adjust on the car? Is
the beer on ice? And, who's the sexy blonde in the top row of the
grandstands in turn one?
What's your opinion on the going's on with the 360s right now.
Do you feel their needs to be more cooperation between
Kevin: I like the whole SCRA thing, with SCRA, the owners and
drivers have a say in the rules. I would like to see something
similar with VRA. I don't think that we could stand anymore
associations at this time. I DO feel that the associations need to
cooperate at least a little bit. I understand that you can't run a
whole season and not have conflicting dates but, it seems that
sometimes they intentionally schedule against each other, and I
think that is just stupid.
If you were President of a racing club, what rules would you
implement or drop?
Kevin: WOW, it's really easy for all of us to second guess the
whole issue but! I think that the rules that are in-place are
pretty damn good. I just think I would ask the owners and drivers
for their input, maybe even put a couple issues to vote.
If I were your car owner, I had unlimited funding, where would
we run and why?
Kevin: You say "we". I am honored to think I would be
your driver. I think we would start out at the Chili Bowl. Then,
the USAC/CRA season opener at Perris, then we would have to take
the Silver Crown car to Phoenix for the Copper Classic, then the
VRA season opener, of course we would be in Indiana for the entire
month of May, you know with rookie orientation and all. Should I
What track have you not ran, but are itching to?
Kevin: As crazy as this might sound, Tulare. I've never even
seen the place, but ask me again on Feb. 26th.
You won "The sexiest" driver contest a while back at
The Wagsdash. Would you say that's your biggest thrill to date?
Kevin: As fun as that was, it's tough to beat the excitement of
jumping out of an airplane at just over 2 miles above the earth. (
I have almost 1,000 skydives)
Just messing with you Kevin!
Anything else you would like the fans to know about you?
Kevin: Just that I am as big of a sprint car fan as anyone out
there, I've just got a great seat to see the action up close.
Who are your sponsors? Anyone you would like to thank?
Kevin: Direct Tire, Metropolis Disposal, J.F.K. Co., Burbank
Speed and Machine, Schroeder torsion bars, Cinema Vehicle
Services. I'd like to thank my car owner Ray Swann, my other car
owner Gordy Gilbert, My new partner in my new sprint car Bruce
Collie. My crew, Justin (my son), Hunter, Felix, John, Russ, and
Kevin, thank you and good luck this year!
Kevin: Thank you Hammer, and I would like to wish everyone a
GREAT 2005, and invite all of the fans to stop by our trailer
after the races, for a soda, a picture, a t-shirt, or just to say
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