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SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: BOB TROUTWINE

It's not winning that keeps Factory Stock driver Bob Troutwine racing after more than three decades.

It's the love of racing and the prospect of one day visiting victory lane.

"I've never won a feature,'' said the 56-year-old Topekan. "I've won heat races, I've won trophy dashes, I've come in second and third, but never won one.''

But regardless of where he finishes, Troutwine still enjoys the thrill he gets from the chase.

"The family has gone to the races ever since I was a little kid and I always said I was going to be a driver,'' he said.

"I started out at the (Mid-America) Fairgrounds, pushing the cars around with a pickup, and then I got into it out at the (Topeka) Raceway.''

Virtually all of his career has spent in the Factory Stock class.

"I started out in what they called the Beginners class and from there I went to Street Stock and they've changed the name from year to year, but it's all been the same,'' Troutwine said.

And Troutwine, who is a truck driver by profession, has no plans to get out of the driver's seat any time soon.

"I get tired working on the car easier now, but I still enjoy it,'' he said.

Troutwine also enjoys the relationships he's built with his fellow drivers over the years.

"It's like a big family. Everybody helps everybody.''

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