The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 19, 2013

Shawn Wood's column on motorsports: Beard bounces back


"I had a spare fire suit in the hauler, but I did lose a suit and couple of helmets," Beard said. "It was really nice of them to reach out to see if I needed any help."

Prior to racing a sprint car, Beard was racing on drag strips in the pro street division on a Harley Davidson and in the nine-second bracket.

"I started drag racing when I was 15 and I was pretty successful at it and I won a few championships," he said. "I never did dirt and I met my wife (daughter of Troy Godfrey, owner of Godfrey Racing Engines) and he had race cars. I tried it as something as a joke and I enjoyed it."

Beard had one career 358 sprint car win at Selinsgrove, which came on May 5, 2012.

"I've gone 180 mph on a straightaway, but going into that corner for the first time, it scared the hell out of me," he said. "I really enjoyed drag racing, but it got to the point where I really wanted to go faster, but I didn't have enough money to go faster."

Beard, who is fifth in the Selinsgrove 358 sprint car point standings heading into Saturday's race, is looking to go faster in his sprint car career.

"We bought some 410 stuff to put together and we now have four cars and the new rig, so we are going to run the 358 full-time and then hopefully get a 410 together and run some of the big shows here at Selinsgrove," he said.

Beard took off the last half of last season for his wife's pregnancy.

"We'd thought we would get a fresh start and all this happens," he said. "We'll rebuild and keep racing."

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