Memorial's for Those Who Will be Missed|
We at FinishLine Racing School were very proud to have Matt as one of our
students. We watched as he climbed the ladder of success. We are very sad that
the racing world will not be able to experience the talents that this young man
possessed. Our condolences to the Hawkins Family. It is sad that the
brightest stars shine for a very short time! Matt, Will Be Missed.
(2-14-09) - It is with great shock and sadness that Motorsports Management
International confirms that Matt Hawkins, a young stock car racer from Canton,
Georgia, died this morning (Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009) from a tragic accident at
his home, according to the Cherokee Sheriff's Office in Canton.
"Matt was a great kid and racing talent," said MMI President Cary Agajanian. "We
have extended our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Hawkins family. Matt
will be greatly missed on and off the race track."
Hawkins, 21, was a rising young stock car talent who won his series debuts on
the Pro Cup Series in 2007 and at Iowa Speedway on the ARCA RE/MAX Series in
2008. Hawkins started racing go-karts at the age of four that later led to a
World Karting Association national championship in 2003. Hawkins then switched
to late models to win the Southern All Star Series Super Late Model Championship
in 2005 before moving up to stock cars in 2007. Hawkins planned to race select
events in the ARCA RE/MAX series in 2009.
On Friday, February 13, 2009, 600 Racing was sad to hear that former Legends car
racer, Matt Hawkins lost his life. Hawkins passed away on Friday night at the
age of 21 after an incident of accidental gun discharge in Georgia. He was well
known by everyone in the short track community. Matt was known for being an
especially kind, polite and personable young man. He might have seemed quiet at
first glance, but Matt was one of those people who you couldnt help but to
become quick friends with. We offer our thoughts and prayers to all of his
family and friends.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Concord, NC - USARacing has learned that Matt Hawkins, series driver of the # 2
car in the Southern Division, passed away Friday evening. "Matt was a very
talented driver and always a pleasure to be around at our events" said Jimmy
Wilson, Vice President/Series Director. "This is a very sad day for the entire
USARacing family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Fred and the entire Hawkins
John Russell "Rusty" Harpe
July 16, 1978 - January 9, 2007
community mourns the death of Rusty Harpe. Rusty was fatally injured
Tuesday evening in a farm accident while helping his father-in-law with a
piece of equipment. He is survived by his wife, Stacy and three year-old
daughter, Natalie, his parents, "Chip" and Lynne.
When the checkered flag fell
on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, Rusty had run and won his final race. It was his
greatest victory and he left us to be with his Savior Jesus Christ. John Russell
"Rusty" Harpe was born July 16, 1978, in Winston-Salem to Chip and Lynne Harpe.
He graduated from Mount Tabor High School and attended Forsyth Technical
Institute during their first year of the Racing Technology Program. He was an
avid stock-car racer and loved racing and the many friends he made during his
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April 2, 1980 - October 24, 2004
Ricky Hendrick, 24, was killed Sunday, October 24th
along with seven other passengers and two pilots when a Hendrick Motorsports
plane crashed 10 miles west of Martinsville Speedway.
Ricky Hendrick's racing dreams began much like his father's —
behind the wheel.
Ricky began his racing career
turning laps at short tracks around central
North Carolina. Ricky attended the
School in 1995. By 2000, Hendrick had cracked the ranks of the NASCAR Craftsman
Truck Series. Many quietly wondered if he had made the big leagues simply
because of his last name. At the Kansas Speedway on July 7, 2001, Hendrick
hushed the skeptics the only way he knew how. By winning.
finished the 2001 season sixth in Truck Series points. It was time to take the
next step - a move to the NASCAR Busch Series.
He earned two top-10 finishes behind the wheel of his No. 5
Chevy, but ran only a partial schedule due to serious shoulder injuries suffered
at Las Vegas. Surgery forced him to the sidelines for two months, and when he
came back, he never felt quite the same in the cockpit. That led to the hardest
decision of his young life - he announced his retirement from driving in October
Ricky decided it was time to focus on other things - like being a
team owner. At the age of 22, Ricky followed in the footsteps of his father and
grandfather, Papa Joe Hendrick. He put his good friend and former rival Brian
Vickers behind the wheel of the No. 5 Chevy, despite early protests from his
father. But Ricky stood his ground, declaring that if this was truly his team,
then he should pick the driver. Dad was skeptical, but impressed with his son's
He soon proved that the
legendary Hendrick family eye for talent had entered a new generation as Vickers
became the youngest NASCAR national champion. And when Hendrick Motorsports
began a driver development program, they turned to Ricky as the primary scout
for young talent. He signed FinishLine
School students, Blake Feese and Boston Reid.
Godspeed Ricky - you will
Racers, Family Team Up to Honor
By David Corriveau
Valley News Staff Writer
September 1963 - April 2004
-- Try as they might, Josh Brousseau and his pit crew couldn't make the engine
of Pro Stock car No. 81 turn over.
There they were,
trying to prepare the late Mike Brousseau's chariot for a preliminary heat
before it would lead a field of 20 Pro Stocks around the asphalt of Twin State
Speedway as the pace car for the start of last night's inaugural Mike Brousseau
Memorial 125, and it just wouldn't … well, it just wouldn’t start.
N.H., driver Russ Hersey and four members of his crew, from Pro Stock No. 88
next door. With longtime Brousseau crewman Steve Kimel, they pushed the stock
car, idle since last year, backward into pit row, then hustled to the rear and
sides to push it forward toward the ramp to the track.
And finally, No.
81 roared to life, ready for its close-up at Twin State's special night of
racing to raise money for scholarships for the four children -- sons Josh and
Andrew, daughters Brittany and Nicole -- whom Mike Brousseau left behind, along
with his wife Karen, in late April, when he died of complications following an
operation to remove a brain tumor at age 40.
from these guys has really been great,” Karen Brousseau said of her husband's
fellow drivers between the final practice runs and the opening heats. “Russ and
some others had their people do stickers in memory of Mike, and were selling
them for $5 apiece. They gave me all the money to put in the kids' trust fund.
The support has come from the racers, from their families. Even guys like Punky
Caron and Roger Raymond, who aren't racing as much. (read
November 23, 1976 - October 22, 2003
IRL driver Tony
Renna was killed in a wreck Wednesday, October 22, 2003 during testing at
Indianapoli Motor Speedway. Renna was on his fouth lap when his G Force-Toyota
crashed as he came out of the third turn on the 2 1/2-mile oval. Team owner
Ganassi said the car did not hit anything before Renna lost control, went
airborne, cleared the wall and crashed into the catch fence.
earlier this month with Target/Chip Ganassi Racing, one of the elite IRL teams,
and he was making his first track appearance for Ganassi.
This year, he
finished seventh as a rookie at Indianapolis and was one of ony nine drivers on
the lead lap, taking the checkered flag about 7.5 seconds behind winner Gil de
Ferran. But he spent the rest of the season as a test driver for the Kelley
Renna began his
racing career at age 6 in mini-sprints, karts, microsprints and quarter midgets,
amassing 252 wins and two national quarter midget championships. He was the
series champion in 1994 in the Skip Barber Formula Ford Series, rookie of the
year in 1996 in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, where he also raced in 1997, then
spent all or part of three seasons in Indy Lights, then CART's developmental
series. Renna won a Lights race at Michigan from the pole in 1998 and finished
fifth in the series points in 2001.
Tony had signed
up to enroll in the FinishLine Racing School in 2002, but unfortunately broke
his wrist. He was scheduled to attend in the winter of 2003.
Godspeed Tony -
You will be missed!
Dennis Dee of Poland, Maine died
Sunday June 15, 2003 after he was injured when his car struck the pit
wall with full force during a race at Oxford Plains Speedway. Dee was on the
sixth lap of a 10-lap qualifying heat race when the crash on the backstretch of
the 3/8th mile oval happened. Dee who was 38 had raced at Oxford
weekly since the mid 1990s.
Dennis, you will be missed.
died March 24, 2001 at I-44 Speedway near Lebanon, Mo. Michael Roberts was a
50-year-old single parent who left behind a heartbroken daughter, Taylor (age
Roberts was the
fifth NASCAR driver in 11 months to die of injuries caused by violent head
movement and the fourth to die of basilar skull fracture. But he was different.
He was one of the little guys, the weekend racers on America's grass-roots
tracks. Thousands of them, like Roberts, hold NASCAR-issued licenses and drive
at NASCAR-member tracks.
Roberts died in
a car built to NASCAR technical specifications for the Re/Max Touring Series.
These cars are designed for speeds of more than 150 mph. Roberts' car was built
with the best available parts and no expense spared.
have driven his first race, in NASCAR's Re/Max Touring Series, April 8, 2001 at
Rockford Speedway in Illinois.
Roberts for the race, Crew Chief, Ed Holmes and engineer Eldon Zacek Jr.
accompanied him to I-44 Speedway in southern Missouri, where the weather
promised to be better, for a day of test driving.
suggested he receive the best instruction available, and Roberts agreed to fly
in Michael Loescher from Daytona Beach, Fla., for one-on-one instruction.
apparently locked up his brakes. No one knows why. He was being taught
"left-foot braking" and had to make sure his right foot was off the accelerator
pedal during sudden stopping. This is an oval-racing technique and calls for a
radical change in the reflexes of a middle-aged adult used to braking with the
right foot in passenger cars.
examination of the car by Zacek and Holmes indicated the throttle did not stick.
They and Loescher have not been able to come up with a likely scenario--they
simply don't know what happened.
started to slide, then slammed into a concrete wall. The car hit, three
witnesses said, on its right front, at almost precisely the same angle at which
Earnhardt's car hit the wall at Daytona.
On Friday, in a
church in Fort Atkinson, Wis., Taylor Roberts sat silently as her father was
remembered. She will now be cared for by her mother and her paternal
minister, the Rev. Bryan Engfer, read a letter Taylor had written to her
"You are the
best daddy in the world. . . . No one could ever replace you."
Godspeed Mike -
You will be missed.
Picture: FLRS School at Hickory
Motor Speedway August 1996 - Adam Petty
1980 - 2000
We at FinishLine Racing School
were very proud to have Adam as one of our students when he first started his
racing career. We watched as he climbed the ladder of success - we shared in
We are very sad that the racing
world will not be able to experience the talents that this young man possessed.
Our condolences to the Petty Family - we too felt like Adam was a part of our
Although it's not clear to us -
sometimes the brightest stars shine for a very short time!
Adam, You Will Be Missed.
During his life, Dave was a role
model. Quiet and modest, despite his fame. Always the brilliant thinker and the
tenacious competitor. The kind of handsome and charming champion that draws the
admiration from all that knew him. He was also a champion of living with a
terrible disease, ever fulfilling Hemingway's definition of courage, "Grace in
the face of deadly peril".
Perhaps the greatest lesson of
Dave Schultz's life is that he not only sought and lived excellence, but also
evoked it in those around him. We will not see the likes of Dave Schultz again,
for those heroes of this stature are rare. Thanks, Dave, for showing us how to
FinishLine Racing was proud to
have both Dave and his son attend the School.
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