By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Cody Gearhart has been tearing up the tracks this summer in his familiar 1m IMCA Modified car, and he might just get a chance to participate in the All-Start Race if his fans can give him some support.
The local racecar driver has been traveling across the state to compete, and he has won six features this summer.
He has also finished as the runner-up a few times, but “no one remembers second,” he said.
Gearhart has continued the racing legacy his father Ace began at Seward County Speedway more than 30 year ago.
Back then, Ace ran in the street stock division.
Cody has made the move to the modified division, but his dad’s input has been an important part of his racing.
“It was a lot of help,” he said. “Now the stuff we do uses a lot of technology, I couldn’t do it without my dad’s help. He comes to al the races, but it is a lot different. If he drove now it would be a different world.”
As a rookie, Cody depending heavily on his dad.
“It gives you a heads up when you are starting off,” he said. “You don’t know much when you start, now we have to win the race in the shop. Preparation and maintenance is what it takes. It’s tought to keep up when you race two or three times a week after working your regular 40 hours a week.”
Cody stuck with the same 1m his dad used during his racing career, although he isn’t quite sure if his dad told him what it really means.
“I’m not 100 percent sure,” Cody said. “My dad says it is for Mom. Knowing him, it could be anything. I use it because it’s what everyone knew.”
Cody will perform in front of a hometown crowd Sunday and Monday during the Five State Fair races.
To vote for Cody and help him earn a trip to the All-Star Race, go to Cody Gearhart Racing on facebook, and click the link to the voting poll.
Gearhart is sponsored locally by Rick’s Auto Sales, Southwest Acid Services, Kelly and Brenda Farms and CF Service and Supply.
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