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Team Dirt Dog's 17 Year Old Graeme Short Earning His Stripes in 1st Season with UMP Late Models at Oakshade Raceway

Posted by Joe McConnell on

From Graeme Short Racing 

Wauseon, OH | May 22, 2016 - Graeme started 11th in the Feature last night at Oakshade with an extremely stout field of drivers. The drivers at Oakshade are some of the best in the nation and just to make the show is an honor in itself.

Unfortunately the feature didn't go as well as we had hoped for and Graeme had to pull off after another car didn't quite clear his nose as he slid up in front of Graeme which caused Graeme's nose and bumper to drag the track making it difficult to handle. No complaints here, the car, driver, and crew brought their a-game and the changes we made on the setup have made a huge improvement on the handling of the car.  

Special thanks to Rusty Schlenk Racing for working with us and always being willing to share valuable input on what will make the car handle better for Graeme. It's an honor to work with Rusty and his crew and race at Oakshade with the best of the best. 

We are a new team learning what makes the car, driver, and each other click. Nights like tonight reminds us that we are closer than the week before and we need to keep digging. We know we will ruffle each others feathers as well as other teams at times as we are learning and make mistakes along the way but that's part of the racing deal. Sometimes you are on the giving end of the agony caused by mistakes and other times you are on the receiving end. We've had our share of both and neither end feels better than the other but it's that desire to make it better that keeps one going in this sport. I guess if you don't make a few mistakes along the way you aren't trying hard enough and our mistakes as a team are hopefully proving to ourselves and others that we are trying our hardest to be better than the week before.

We are excited to expand on what we learned this weekend and not looking back but only forward. See you all at the next race wherever that may be.

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