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Several times a year, brothers Rick and Jeff and their families pile into the motor homes, find a nice spot and spend the weekend cooking out and enjoying the outdoors while the kids play together and do most of the things families do when camping. "Even after the kids are banging fenders and are out there racing their hearts out - sometimes they come off the track in tears because they want it so bad - they gather things up and they'll find a mound of dirt off to the side of the pit area and there'll be 30 kids over there, all jumping their bicycles and taking pictures," says 2009 Pro Buggy Unlimited champion Chuck Cheek, whose son, Myles, and daughter, Micaela, both race karts.
LUCASOILOFFROAD.COM FA M From karts to buggies to T’S A 800hp trucks, the whole I family can participate in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing. By Richard S. James T Images Richard S. James he Geiser family loves a great weekend of camping. Several times a year, brothers Rick and Jeﬀ and their families pile into the motor homes, ﬁnd a nice spot and spend the weekend cooking out and enjoying the outdoors while the kids play together and do most of the things families do when camping. There’s not much hiking or ﬁshing though – this extended family is rather preoccupied with 800hp oﬀ-road trucks, open-wheel buggies and karts for the younger kids. The Geiser clan is a prime example of the family atmosphere in the Lucas Oil Oﬀ Road Racing Series. Short course oﬀ-road racing is one of the few motorsports – and one of the few organized sports, period – where the whole family not only can get involved, but also actively participate. In the case of the Geisers, Jeﬀ races the No. 44 Canidae Pro 2 Unlimited truck. His brother, Rick, is the crew chief. His daughter Lindsay, 14, is in her ﬁrst year of racing Limited Buggy. She handed down her kart to her 9-year-old brother, Corey. Last year, the buggy she’s driving was piloted by her cousin, Sean, to fourth in points. Sean now drives the No. 16 ReadyLift Pro Lite Unlimited truck. “There are classes for everybody – it doesn’t matter what age you are,” says Jeﬀ Geiser as Lindsay cleans up her buggy a few feet away. “Everybody can get involved and everybody gets to be a part of it. It brings us closer together because everyone is supporting each other – it’s not just one person going out to race. We’re all egging the others on. Everybody helps everybody work on their cars.” While other varieties of racing have their introductory forms for kids, such as karts for road racing and quarter midgets for oval tracks, it’s rare that they are racing on the same tracks on the same weekend as the top levels of the sport. You usually won’t ﬁnd a NASCAR Sprint Cup star watching his son or daughter from the stands at Talladega before he goes out for his race. You will ﬁnd Jeﬀ Ward spotting for son Brandon a couple hours before Jeﬀ races his No. 3 Speed Technologies Pro 2 Unlimited truck. When Brandon’s done racing his No. 92 Super Lite truck, he’ll be watching his father from the stands. His brothers, Ayrton and (MAIN) Meet the Geisers. Dad Jeff in Pro 2 Unlimited trucks; daughter Lindsay in Limited Buggy (inset, top) and son Corey in karts (inset, bottom). (LEFT) Jeff Ward gives his
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