Bob, how are we doing my friend!
Bob: Great, I'm really excited about the 2005 racing season.
Before I begin, I would like to offer my congratulations to all
who are associated with Statler Motorsports on a tremendous 2004
Bob: Thanks Gary, it was a culmination of everything
the team has learned over the years.
A few up's and downs along the way?
Bob: Up's and downs, or do you mean upside downs?
There have been some of those along the way. I've always said-what
don't kill you makes you better. Racers have bad luck streaks as
well as good luck streaks. The up's and downs are just part of the
game. If you can't accept that you better do something else.
When Jason is in a slump, or gets down on himself, what are
some of the things you do to keep him going?
Bob: I try to focus him on the positive things. You
can usually find something positive to talk about even when you're
in a slump. When you're deep in a funk it helps to look at the big
picture not the little one-in other words look at the whole
season, not just a couple of races. If that doesn't work I usually
go try to hide somewhere, I'd hate to have him after me!!!
Yeah, you and me both!!!!!!
Sprint Car racing is an intense deal. When Jason is out there
lining up for a heat race for example, what's going through your
Bob: I look over the field, see how many cars he has
to pass or beat to transfer, and see the squirrels that could bite
him. Most of all I want to see a clean safe race.
Unfortunately their's the dangers associated with the sport
too. How do you handle that?
Bob: You live with them, that's all you can do.
Anybody that thinks the sport is safe has got their head someplace
where the sun don't shine.
OK, let's switch gears......
Were you at the Santa Maria Outlaw win?
Bob: No, Carolyn and I were visiting some friends in
the hills overlooking Lake Oroville. There was no phone, so we
didn't hear about it until Sunday afternoon. We were ticked off to
say the least, your sons biggest win and we were roasting weenies
out in the boonies.
In your opinion, how tough do you think the competition is out
here on the West Coast?
Bob: Tough!!! Whether it is 360, 410, wing, non-wing,
the top 10 drivers in each group could make a living racing in
other parts of the country.
I couldn't agree with you more Bob!
I mean, we have some really talented drivers out here. Your son
obviously being one of them.....
Bob: Thanks for saying that Gary. I think that there
are a lot of talented drivers out there that may not get a chance
to show their stuff. The left coast needs to get it together and
come up with a logical progression for the young ones to take as
they move up. Imagine having a bunch of talent and not having a
way to showcase it.
Where do you hope to see Jason at in 5 years?
Bob: I'd like to see him living happily in Grass
Valley with Stephanie and a couple of kids. Oh, and also be a
5-time King of California.
Any advice for any of the Fathers out there, that are getting
their kids into racing?
Bob: Make a plan, stick to it, have access to a lot of
money, cause it ain't cheap. Most of all support your kids.
Participate in whatever sport they want to become involved in.
Anything else you would like to share, that we haven't touched
Bob: I'd just like to thank all the friends, crews,
racers, sponsors, girlfriends and wives that have helped us out
along the way, we couldn't have done it without you!!!! I'd also
like to thank all the "Hosers" for what they are doing
for the racers. They are a rare group of people that stand out
above the crowd.
I am honored that you let me "Interrogate" you. From
one bald guy to another, thank you!
Bob: Thanks for wanting my perspective, that's cool.
Just remember, I may be older than you, but you're better looking.
Not sure about that one my friend, I'm pretty
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