Hot Lap: Matt Land

Tell us about your racing background and how you ended up at the Lucas Oil Regional Series: I started racing karts on pavement when I was 5 years old and started racing Outlaw karts on dirt when I was 13. My dad accidentally bought a midget on Ebay (at least that is what he told my mom), so at 14 I started racing it around Northern California. At 16 we sold the midget and bought a 360 Sprint Car. We raced that for 4 years and had a lot of fun. We saw Short course off road on TV and wanted to check it out. We went to our first race in Lake Elsinore in 2014 right before I went into the Fire Academy. While I was in the fire academy we sold the Sprint car stuff and started looking around. We met Jason and Corry Weller and bought an SR1 in 2015.

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Hot Lap: Kyle Knott

Tell us about your racing background and how you ended up at the Lucas Oil Regional Series: Since I was little I’ve always wanted to race a Jr2 , but the funds weren’t there. I tried everything to get myself in to a Jr2, but my tactics didn’t work. When I was a little older I started going to the races with Ron Carter and helping him. My passion grew more and more for the sport, and then next thing you know my dad bought an old 1/2 1600 so I could start racing. I raced desert 1600, and I was pretty good at it. Then my dad bought me Bradley Morris’s old Raceco limited buggy.

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0716 debarti tsr

You are relatively new to short course racing (although you appear to be a pretty fast learner). Tell us about your racing background and how you came to race at the Lucas Oil Regional Series: I have no background in racing. My only background is just having a blast with my family and doing sports or anything fun together. We have never had time to stick to one sport/thing because my parents always had my brother and I doing something fun constantly, along the lines of camping, dirtbike riding, snowboarding etc. Growing up I wouldn’t stop doing something until I had mastered it. That involved a lot of focus and determination but I wouldn’t stop until I was satisfied. Anything mechanical I’m a fast learner at. I just won’t stop doing something until I figure it out.

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