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SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: JOHN BASS

When some racers hit 50 they start thinking about hanging up their driver's suits.

That's when Hobby Stock driver John Bass decided it was time to start racing.

"I ran my first race at 50 years old,'' said Bass, who is now 55. "My brother had an old Enduro car - an old beat up car that ran 1,500 laps - and he let me drive it one race. I said, "Hey, that was fun,' so I made me one and here I am.''

Bass admits that he wasn't an immediate success.

"I didn't do very good,'' he said, "but it was fun. It was a blast.''

Bass, an over-the-road truck driver, said that dirt racing is an opportunity to go as fast as his car and his ability will take him. That isn't the case when he drives his truck.

"I can go fast,'' he said. "There's no radar guns needed out here, and you can rub on people once in a while. I've never put a dent in my car. They put dents in it for me, but that's all right, that's part of it.''

Bass notched his first victory last season and has won several features since then, including two weeks ago at HPT.com Speedway, He vividly remembers his first trip to the winner's circle.

"I thought it was a big conspiracy, that all the young guys slowed down, but I don't think that was the case,'' Bass joked. "It's fun, it's all about the trophy.''

Bass also enjoys working on his car, making sure the No. 74 is ready for race night.

"I've liked working on motors since I was a young guy,'' he said. "I like tinkering with the motors and always trying to get a little more out of them.''

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