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IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR

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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.

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                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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