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April 5, 2013

Shawn Wood's Inside Track column: Bachman not ready to retire

While Jeff Rine was grabbing more headlines last season at Selinsgrove Speedway, Selinsgrove resident Kyle Bachman quietly celebrated his 20th season of racing.

"I didn't want to play it up too much, I am not into all of the hoopla," he said.

It was almost his last season as well.

"We were struggling last year with DNFs (did not finish) and I was right on the edge of retiring," he said. "But my crew talked me into coming back this year."

Over the past 20 years, Bachman, who owns Bachman's Auto Body north of Selinsgrove, has been doing the same routine on Sunday mornings.

"I'm up at 7 and I spend about four hours washing the car and then at least three days during the week working on it for Saturday night," he said.

The winner's pay on Saturday for the pro stock division is $400.

"In a perfect world, you would win the championship and go out on a high note," he added. "I think we have a good car this year and we've put a lot of homework into it. We tried to correct the issues that led to DNFs last year and I have a good team behind me. We're looking forward to this year."

One issue that helped Bachman decide to come back for a 21st season was the rule changes to the divisions.

"We got the point where the frames were custom built and they were basically a limited late model chassis with a pro stock body," Bachman said. "When I first started racing, it was basically a roadrunner with an oversized tire. The track official came to our shop and the changes weren't as drastic as I thought they were going to be."

Bachman, the 2003 pro stock champion, has 35 career pro stock wins. He also raced a 358 sprint car for five years.

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