The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 5, 2013

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


This season, his son Dalton has started racing in the kids kart division at Selinsgrove Raceway Park.

"I'm not going to force him into it," Bachman said. "I've seen too many parents do that. If he likes it, fine, if not, that's OK too.

"I was really nervous watching him out there for the first time," he said. "I was more nervous than asking my wife Tara to marry he."

Bachman noted that it's one thing to strap yourself into a race car, it's another thing for your kid to do it.

"You spend over 20 years racing and you have to know in the back of your head that it is dangerous and you can't think about getting hurt," he said. "It's different knowing that you have to watch your kid out there and hoping that he is going to be OK."

According to Bachman, Dalton did alright for his first time out on the track.

"He went slow and the speed will come with time," he said. "The first lap he got bumped into and that kind of shook him up and he slowed down the rest of the night. He seemed to like it."

The kids kart weighs around 139 pounds with a driver and is powered by a two-stroke 50cc engine.

"My wife was less nervous than I was," Bachman added. "She was wanting him to go faster. I was just more concerned with him getting around the track and making a couple of laps."

Bachman also helps his niece, Ashlynn Rice, age 8, in the Rookie Cage (5-8) division.

"If you ask her who taught her to race, she'll tell you it's me," he said. "She has a natural talent to race. She looks up to me."

The 21st season of racing for Bachman is off to a promising start following a second-place finish in the season-opening feature last Saturday night.

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