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RACING TOWARDS A DREAM: 16-year-old driver Gracin Raz earning his stripes

By Nate Bynum, KATU Sports Published: Apr 3, 2014 at 8:54 AM PDT
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“A truly outstanding team must have diversified expertise with precision craftsmanship, competitive strategy, and non-negotiable character. There is no point that we do not think about or believe in possibility.” -Team GDR

I can't thank my team enough - no matter what happens they never quit and they always believe in me and us. I couldn't ask for a better group of guys to be surrounded by each race - they are more than just a team to me - they are part of my family. -Gracin Dean Raz
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3 days ago

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It was quite the eventful weekend in Kalispell, Montana for the Montana 200. We were pretty fast out of the gates in practice and got even faster when we made some adjustments to make the car more balanced. And being the first car out to qualify we knew it was important to lay down a fast time. Our result included a personal best lap time of 13.113! We went on to hold the pole position until one of the last of 40 cars snagged it from us, but as one of the top two cars we were locked into the front row for the main show!

The 200 lap feature began as we had hoped - we found a hole early to the inside and stuck with the leaders. Our night ended early after two cars made contact in front of us and spun right into our car and tore up the right side.

In the end we knew our car was fast and know our time will come. We have much to be proud of as a team and know together our determination will only grow.

Thank you to my entire team; to Jeff Jefferson, Jason Jefferson, Mike Longton, the Edmonds Team, and the many others that extended a hand to help. Thank you to my Montana Family for traveling to see and help support this event, and to Northwest Parts and Equipment for their generous sponsorship throughout the Montana 200.
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5 days ago

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Last night's second heat race took us off track with damage that required hours of work to repair. On behalf of the entire GDR Team, thank you to Jeff and Jason Jefferson, the Longton Team 37, and the many others (Garber Team 98, McClennon Team 33, Edmond Team 17) for their offer to help. As a result of all efforts, we are ready for the main show. Thank you!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

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Qualified P2 at the Montana 200!!! ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

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Montana 200 time for Team GDR! Qualifying and heat races are Friday; main show Saturday night. ... See MoreSee Less

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I'd like to give a big shout out to my brother Kole for winning his first national championship! I'm so proud of him! He couldn't have driven a better race. ... See MoreSee Less

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I took almost 1000 photos of this race. Check them out at www.mewrightsportsphotos.com.

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Last night we rolled off the grid 12th and our goal was to pace out the first 100 laps. After dropping back to about 20th and making a hard charge to the front while working the outside lane in the closing laps of the first segment, we achieved our goal by reaching P11 by the half way break. In the first two laps of the second segment we dropped a cylinder and we were praying for a caution to see if it was just a simple plug wire and ended up having to call it a night. We were disappointed to not finish the race but I felt the most for my crew. They have given me two amazing cars the last couple of races and only electrical and mechanical failures have stood in our way. We are confident we will work things out and continue in the positive direction we are going now. These issues will only help our team grow.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support
Team GDR and the event in general. It was amazing seeing a packed stand and race alongside a truly prestigious group of drivers.
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4 weeks ago

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Hey guys! You can watch some of tonight's action at the Summer Showdown at fanschoice.tv

The main event should roll off around 6:45 if there are no delays!
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4 weeks ago

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Finished 3rd in my heat race tonight! We had an awesome car all 25 laps and I'm extremely confident we will be there at the end of the 200 laps tomorrow night! I can't thank my team enough for supporting, and encouraging me, and working their butts off to give me a competitive race car!

We will be rolling off P12 tomorrow night!
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4 weeks ago

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Qualified P12 out of 55 cars. Heat races up next. Never Doubt! ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

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The GDR logo is officially on our trailer and ready to head to the Showdown!

For those of you that do not know, this logo represents my full name Gracin Dean Raz. My middle name is in honor of my Grandpa Dean Harmon from Montana, who was able to be at the Montana Gold 212 along with my Grandma. I look forward to seeing them both again next month at the Montana 200 where I know they will root hard for Team GDR. Thank you for your support Grandpa and Grandma!! (3 photos)
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The upcoming Coors Light Summer Showdown is less than 10 days out and some reports suggest more than 70 cars will be racing in what may be the largest SLM event on the West Coast! This race is going to be AMAZING - cannot wait! ... See MoreSee Less

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I can't thank my Dad enough for what he has done for me. He puts everything he has into making sure my dreams come true. Words will never be able to explain how much I appreciate his hard work, and efforts he has put into not only my racing program, but making sure my family and I are happy. I love you Dad! Happy Father's Day! ... See MoreSee Less

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This weekend my brother Kole will be racing at the Portland Quarter Midget Racing Association’s regional event; the track I ran my first race and where we ran our first race together (actual photo below from that day!). Will be a great weekend and I know he will do great! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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Montana Gold 212 (22 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

Team GDR at the Montana Gold 212 - May 30-31, 2014.

2 months ago

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We wrapped up our first run at the Montana Raceway Park. Here is how we landed at the Montana 212:

Right out of the gates we had a very stable car, and after some fine tuning and driver coaching we turned that stable car into an extremely fast car, which landed us 3rd fastest out of 23 cars during qualifying. Without an invert of the the field we started P3 and moved right into second in the opening laps. Around lap 200 we took the lead, and held it until about 150. I also had the honor to race side by side with Gary Lewis and Jonathan Gomez on many different occasions. Being able to race with the season veterans door to door had to be one of the highlights of my night. Unfortunately our night came to an end early after a miss in the motor became too excessive to stay competitive and we had to pull off the track and park it for the night. It's hard to say what could have happened if we completed the full 212 laps, but it's extra hard knowing how great of a car Team GDR gave me, so good that we set the fastest lap time of the race.

Extra thanks goes to Jeff Jefferson for helping us out all weekend. He helped me as a driver become mentally stronger and smarter and taught me the ins and outs of the track. I can't express enough how much I appreciate what he did for me and my team. I also want to thank my crew members Patrick Hillyer, Chris Wood, and my Dad. Without their hard work and their faith in me I wouldn't be where I am today. The support from them is overwhelming; thank you. And to my dedicated sponsors West Hills Collision Center, Shotgun Creek, and The Master Wrench - thank you for helping keep us on track and for your generous partnership. And last but not least I have to give a huge thank you to Hamke Chassis and Automotive Specialists; without them putting their hard work into the car and motor I wouldn't have the great race car I have today.

We will now shake down our miss fire and prepare for one of the largest events in the NW: The Coors Light Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway, June 27-28!
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2 months ago

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We qualified third! Never doubt! ... See MoreSee Less

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We've wrapped up practice and will begin qualifying at 6pm. Never doubt! ... See MoreSee Less

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We are ready for another round of testing this morning with qualifying scheduled to start early this afternoon. (4 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Today I met Race Sasser and wow... what a great experience. Tomorrow our team will race for Race and I will proudly wear his team hat! As I headed out for another round of practice tonight Race told me to "do well." Race, you can count on us giving our all for you tomorrow!

Btw... Practice was awesome. What a great track!! (5 photos)
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Members of our team are starting to roll in to Kalispell this evening. We also wish to extend a warm welcome to Jeff Jefferson who will be joining our team this weekend; we are more than looking forward to working with him and appreciate the time he has already extended to our team!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Team GDR Fans, I would like to introduce you to Race Sasser – a nine year old from Kalispell, Montana that we will be racing for at the Montana Gold 212 this weekend!

Over the past four years Race’s mom battled ovarian cancer. During this time, his dad had to work out of town and Race spent most of his young life in waiting rooms and hospitals supporting his mom. Regretfully, Race’s mom passed away last year and this weekend we are going to work hard to finish strong at the Montana Gold 212 as 10% of our finish earnings will go to Race and his dad to help support them as they continue to work through this difficult time.

BTW... Race clearly has one of the coolest names (credit to his mom as we’re told!) and we love that his family has some racing history of their own; Race even enjoys racing a bando as he can!

If you would like to personally contribute to help lift Race’s heart, please contact our team at gracinrazracing@live.com and help us race for Race!! (2 photos)
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by Team GDR in News, Race Results, Team GDR

The prestigious Montana 200 held at the Montana Raceway Park in Kalispell, Montana on July 18-19, 2014 attracted 40 super late model programs from across the West Coast, including the #15 Gracin Raz from Lake Oswego, Oregon.  In just his fourth super late model race, Gracin and his team set the pace early.  As the first car out to qualify, Raz caught the attention of…

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Consistently build success, earn respect, and become a NASCAR driver. Racing will be my living - I’d go out every single weekend or day if I could.

Gracin Dean Raz - March 2014
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