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PEAK Stock Car Dream Hopefuls: A Diverse Group, Pt. 3

After weeks of campaigning online, 18 racers from different disciplines from all over the country have been chosen by the public and our judges to earn a chance to take part in the PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge. The winner will work with Michael Waltrip Racing and race in NASCAR with sponsorship by PEAK. You’ve met the first 12 now, last but not least here, in random order, are the final six.

Roddy Sterling Jr.

Age: 20

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

The winner of the social media portion of the inaugural Stock Car Dream Challenge, Roddy has a sports car background, but has made the transition to the oval tracks. Since last year’s Challenge, he entered a NASCAR K&N Series race. After starting 25th, he made his way through the field and brought his car home on the lead lap in 12th.

Brian Blum

Age: 23

Hometown: Margate, FL

Brian, a full-time student at the University of Central Florida, is also a 16-year racing veteran. In 57 races, he’s earned six wins and 30 top-five finishes as well as the 2010 Punta Gorda Speedway SLM title. By day, he’s an IT department systems administrator, but by night, he’s at the track, fulfilling his dream as a racer.

Claire Decker

Age: 19

Hometown: Eagle River, WI

A finalist in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity combine, this third-generation racer has been behind the wheel since she was four years old. Claire is attending the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and has graduated from the Dirt Fish Rally Car Race School. She also qualified on the outside pole out of 32 cars during a Tundra Race Series event.

Dusty Riggs

Age: 31

Hometown: Hatch, NM

Dusty is an independent business owner with a pedigree in racing. The New Mexico native races Legends cars and is the 2013 Legends champion at SNM Speedway. The 2008 X-Mod champ builds and prepares his own cars, making him a multi-threat racer.

Christian Pahud

Age: 21

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Another Legends driver, Christian is a 2007 Summer Shootout Legends Semi-Pro champion with a karting background. A four-time WKA Manufacturer’s title winner, Christian is also heavily involved in iRacing and RC racing and is working towards a degree in welding technology to better help him build his own racecars.

Ronnie Newsome

Age: 19

Hometown: Lake Park, GA

Racing since he was 15, Ronnie made up for lost time by racing in a number of classes, including Hobby and Late Model on asphalt and dirt. In a short time, he has racked up more than 15 feature wins at five different tracks. A 2012 Young Gun of the Year, he has competed at some of the top tracks in the country including Rockingham Speedway and Iowa Speedway.

Follow the journeys of these 18 men and women on their journey from wannabee to contender on on Facebook.com/PEAKAuto and on Twitter and Instagram at @PEAKAuto and watch the PEAK Stock Car Challenge Round 2 TV show airing Aug. 2 on Velocity.

The Peak Team

June 03, 2014

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