As some of you may have already heard, my dad Charlie, will be running his first-ever NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle race in Gainesville. I seriously could not be more excited to be back out on the race track with him. When I first started riding drag bikes, my dad and I always had two bikes at the track. I was riding an 1100 Kawasaki, and he was riding a turbocharged Kawasaki and man, did we have fun. The first time I ever won a round on a drag bike was against my dad. I will never forget the way it felt to see the win light on my side, and too pull off the track and see my dad clapping for me. Of course, for the rest of the day he kept telling everyone that I was grounded for putting him on the trailer.
As I got a little older, all I wanted was to go quicker and quicker. I had this big dream of racing a Pro Stock Motorcycle, and there was no one that ever encouraged me more than my dad. Finally, after a lot of begging, my dad let me get on his turbo bike. From that day on, my dad basically put aside his racing, to help me make my dreams come true. I will never forget what my dad has done for me. So now, to see him compete along side of me is absolutely incredible. I can't think of one person in the world I think deserves it more thanhe does.
Since I was a little girl, my dad has been with me at the race track. We were always there as a family. My brother and sister both took their turn in Jr. Dragsters, and I followed in their footsteps. Now keep in mind my dad owns his own business, and I can remember Friday nights my dad coming home just absolutely exhausted from being out on the drilling rig, yet he still found time and energy to help get us to the race track. I can't think of a single time that my dad lost patience with any of us kids while we were racing. I can remember watching parents yell at their kids and get upset, and I was always so thankful for my dad. He was the one who showed me how amazing racing was, and he was always willing to help me get to the race track.
I have watched my dad work so hard every day of his life ever since I can remember. He and my mom have built Sullivan Drilling from the ground up. I remember times we struggled and money was tight. However, my dad always took care of his family and made sure we had everything we needed. Plus, I have watched him help so many people out of the goodness of his heart. So now to watch him go make one of his dreams come true, I could not be more excited for him. I have to be honest though, we are competing against each other again and I know both of us are going to be out to win so if we happen to line up against each other again, he can expect the same result he got last time.