"Everything happens for a reason! Nothing happens by coincidence or chance or by means of good luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidities all occur to test the limits of your soul."
Uncle Tim's 1955 Chevy continues to race strong for the team Moss family.
Without bumps and challenges life's path would indeed be unbearably smooth and straight, dull, and utterly pointless. So every now then while we're busy making other plans, life debunks any notions of - "it's only an accident" - that we may be harboring, by staring straight into our consciousness as it unveils insights that makes it difficult to refute that concept.
Moss says his 1967 Chevelle has been running consistently strong ever since he switched to a K&N air filter two years ago.
"For that win to take place on that particular day was a little overwhelming," reflects Amherst, Ohio's Chad Moss. On June 30, driving his 1967 Chevy Chevelle, Moss took the final round victory in the Sportsman division - the day marked the 16th anniversary of his brother's passing. It was his brother that originally got Moss and his entire family interested in racing.
"After the win, I was able to go off on my own and relish the memories that had lead up to this," Moss continued. "Lots of reflection of my brother Tim, and his wife Sarah, and what they had done to get us involved in the sport. When I told my children, Katrina and Nick, what day it was, they got choked up. It was definitely an emotional night. I called Sarah after the win and it was a special moment."
Moss began racing back in 1994 with a 1982 Camaro. "When Tim passed away in 1996, I started racing his '55 Chevy," he says. "When Katrina turned 16, she ran the '55 for a few years before moving into a 1980 Volvo. I ran the '55 for a few more years until my son took over the wheel."
His son, Nick, started racing junior dragsters when he was 8-years-old. He won a track championship in the intermediate class in 2004. He won the Elyria Pattern Big Bond Shootout in the junior dragster back in 2008. He also won the High School Nationals presented by NAPA, Amalie Oil, and the University of Northwest Ohio in 2009 (driving the Chevelle). Nick turns 21 in September, and he's a junior at Cleveland State University, where he's studying Mechanical Engineering.
His daughter, Katrina, started racing junior dragsters when she was 12. She drove a family car for a few years and then drove the JEGS junior dragster owned by Tom and Molly Stilwell for several more years. When she turned 16, she drove the '55 for a few years in the Pro class. Then she moved into the aforementioned 1980 Volvo, and finally she drove a 1991 Olds Cutlass last year, running in the 9.20 second range. The racing spirit of Uncle Tim clearly lives on in Nick and Katrina.
When Moss isn't racing he's a Product Sales Manager for Parker Hannifin, in the Industrial Hose Division, or he's golfing and scuba diving with his son. Moss isn't a sponsored K&N racer, he's a highly appreciative, grassroots racing fan of K&N products with an extraordinary racing story to tell.
"When I first built this new engine two years ago, I had a lot of trouble with consistency. A fellow racer suggested that I get a better air filter and that was when I put a K&N filter on it. It has run great ever since," reports Moss. "I'd also like to thank Bob and Judy Moss, my parents, Sarah Moss, my sister-in-law, and Barb Gula, my girlfriend, for their support."
Team Moss will next race at the annual Night under Fire show at Summit Motorsports Park, reputed to be the largest single day of drag racing in the world.
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