Continuing the Family Tradition by ProQuest


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									             Pro Stock enthusiast Ronnie
  Humphrey is extending his family’s
         racing heritage with promising
by John Jodauga

          quick glance at the Pro Stock standings         with his Comp and
          reveals several new contenders,                 Super Stock cars
          including Ronnie Humphrey, son of               until he retired from
          longtime racer and team owner Troy.             driving in the mid-
Since he began attending races with his father at         1980s. When Troy
age 6 in 1970, Humphrey has dreamed of racing,            assumed his new role
especially in the category that he considers the          of Pro Stock team
most competitive in the sport: Pro Stock.                 owner, Humphrey
   Humphrey has paid his dues in fulfilling that          worked with a
dream, spending several seasons in the Lucas Oil          number of talented
ranks before beginning a lengthy learning curve           drivers who piloted
in Pro Stock. Though his initial efforts did not          his father’s cars,
produce immediate success, Humphrey kept                  including Terry
chasing his dream with determination, and the             Adams, Rickie
work finally paid off: He earned a position on the        Smith, Mike Bell,
Ken Black Racing team as driver of a third car to         Buddy Ingersoll, and
provide additional data for Greg Anderson and             Ray Franks. Said
Jason Line in return for use of the team’s racing         Humphrey, “It was a big thrill for me to have             Humphrey began racing in 2000 and drove Comp
equipment and technical support.                          those guys with our team, and I spent a lot of            cars — a B/Econo Altered Chevy Beretta, a
   Said Humphrey, “For someone who was born               time around them, listening to what they had to           C/Econo Dragster, and a C/Street Roadster —
in a racing family, this is just about as good as it      say and watching their procedures as they went            through 2003.
gets. The biggest moments of my early                     about their business. It was a great learning                 In 2004, Humphrey decided to move up to
childhood memories were my trips to the                   experience for me.”                                       Pro Stock. “It was exciting to finally get to race
dragstrip with my father, and so I’ve been                   Humphrey also was on the scene when                    in my favorite category,” he said, “but with the
hooked on drag racing, and Pro Stock in                   Anderson left his position as the longtime crew           change to Pro Stock, there came the challenges
particular, for virtually all my life.”                   chief for Warren Johnson to begin his Pro Stock           of learning how to drive them. All of my Comp
   As Humphrey grew up, he helped his father              driving career in 1998 in one of Troy’s cars.             cars had been automatics, and now I had to get

As a child, Ronnie Humphrey watched his father compete in a variety of Sportsman entries, including this SS/L Chevy II and a C/Econo Dragster.
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