Carterville, IL: Longtime TIBR subscriber and contributor Chuck Morris authors his second installment of the popular “Moneymaker” series, which is available today on the internets sportsman drag racing classroom, ThisIsBracketRacing.com. In his series of columns, Morris, a former NHRA Division 1 Champion, details the trials and tribulations of competing on a strict budget with the goal (more like necessity) of turning a profit. Given the recent tribulations in his personal life, this month’s column is insightful and heartfelt. To incorporate an often over used term, this column is indeed a “must read.”
“’It’s not like what I’m talking about is life or death or anything, it’s much bigger than that.’ I am pretty sure this is a Yogi Berra quote but I heard it elsewhere. Either way this quote sums up pretty well how things have gone since my last column. The list of stuff in life that has gotten in the way of just getting to the track goes on a bit like a really bad country tune written by one of those folks who make up these Lifetime movies.”
Chuck Morris, who hails from Windsor Locks, CT, is an average guy with a passion for racing and motorsports. After enjoying a fair amount of success on the race track, Morris was essentially forced to curtail his racing after losing his job nearly two years ago. Constrained by a strict budget, Morris used some creative thinking and leaned on a handful of trusted friends to embark on his current project: a ’79 Olds Cutlass Footbrake car. Last year, Chuck regained employment, but he’s still applying the same principles to his racing program. Within his column, TIBR members and visitors not only read his humorous plight, but also gain insight to Chuck’s unique methods of creating solid, steady income for his racing operation. More recently, Chuck escaped a nasty highway accident when towing home from a race in New Jersey that destroyed his tow vehicle and damaged his race car and trailer. Within days, his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Through it all, Chuck shares his thoughts openly and honestly, with an upbeat nature that we can all learn from.
The “Moneymaker” title for the series of articles serves two purposes. First and foremost, it’s fitting in that making money is exactly what this project must do in order to continue. In addition, it pays homage to a little known poker player named Chris Moneymaker, who earned a seat in the main event of the World Series of Poker on a $10 satellite event. Moneymaker then went on to win the $2.5 Million tournament, staking his name in history and igniting a boom in interest that the sport had never seen before.
Bracket racing, much like poker, provides an open field of competition. While technology and a rising cost of equipment has driven costs to new heights in recent years, the premise of the sport remains the same: bracket racing allows the $1,000 Toyota a fair chance to defeat the $75,000 dragster.
To read Chuck Morris’s latest “Moneymaker” column, visit sportsman racing’s online classroom, www.ThisIsBracketRacing.com today, scroll over the “Resources” tab, and click on “Moneymaker.”