When and how did you get started in racing?
As a child, I spent a lot of time dreaming of becoming a race car driver. My dad would take me to the Bedford Speedway every Friday night to see the races. We sometimes would make the trip out to Mercer to watch my Uncle Denny race. I finally expressed enough interest in wanting to drive that my parents purchased a used racing kart for me to try. That was in 1986, and Iím still racing today.
Who had the biggest impact on your racing career and why?
That would be a combination answer. My parents, Chuck and Ann Mellott, got me into racing and are continuing to support me to this day. The other would be my Uncle, Denny Mellott that was the one that really taught me a lot about racing and driving a car.
What would you be doing if you weren't racing?
Iím not sure. My Family is the most important thing in my life and they are very involved with my racing career. If I wasnít racing and I was doing something else, then as long as they were involved, that is all that would matter.
What is your favorite aspect of racing?
What is your greatest accomplishment/best memory?
I would have to say winning my first Sprint Car race at Lincoln Speedway.
What is the worst thing that has happened to you in racing, or your worst season?
I use to answer this question with a story about a wreck I had or something that went wrong, but truthfully, as long as Iím able to continue racing, itís all been good. Iím getting to do something I really like to do, and all of the ups and downs are part of this great sport.
In your own words, describe your 2004 season:
It was a very successful season for us. We had many great runs but most important, we learned a lot.
What are your plans for the 2005 season?
To continue to build on what we were able to accomplish in 2004.
Where do you see Sprint Car racing five years from now?
I believe it will continue to grow and become even more popular than it is now across the country.
What is your ultimate goal?
To run 410ís in central PA full time.
Anything else you would like to add?
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