For the Rapps, Racing's a Family Thing

By KBJR News 1

August 5, 2013 Updated Aug 5, 2013 at 9:00 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The ongoing dirt track racing story of father-daughter duo Al and Shaina Rapp from Saginaw, Minn. is one that includes one car, two racers, and one family.

"It has to be a family sport," Al said. "You spend so much time in the garage working on it and away from home racing that it has to be a family thing."

So much does Al believe those words that when Shaina turned 14 years old, she was behind the wheel.

"A lot of people say to me, 'What do you mean she started racing before she even had her driver's license?'" Al said. "And I say, 'Yeah, she started racing when she was 14.'"

"It was scary at first," Shaina said of driving super stock cars. "When I first started, I didn't want to get in the car, but then my Dad made me."

Now 16 years old, Shaina's thankful her father was the one to introduce her to racing.

"Once I tried, I was addicted to it," Shaina said. "Racing brings us closer because we have something in common that we love to do. It's actually fun because I get to spend quality time with him."

Al says he gets the biggest enjoyment out of watching her beat the boys.

"A lot of those guys respect her because of the way she does race, clean," Al said. "Yeah, I'm very proud of her."

That success includes Shaina's first heat win last year at AMSOIL Speedway.

"It was really exciting. I didn't think it was real," Shaina said. "[My dad] couldn't even talk. He wouldn't even let me get out of the car to give him a hug."

Even when Al's career is over, there's only one place you'll find him on the weekends.

"I'll always be watching even if we do hang it up, I'll always be at the track," Al said. "It's in the blood somewhere."

Posted by Zach Schneider
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