Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Tim McMann has found both heartbreak and success during his 40-year career in dirt track racing --- he lost his brother and racing companion in 1996, but he's also won 27 track championships.
"I just like racing. Simple as that," said McMann. "My Dad raced back in the 50s. He was the president at the West Duluth Speeway."
Tim and his younger brother, Dan, decided to follow in their Dad's footsteps.
"We raced, I forget how many years," said McMann. "I think we raced almost 20 years together and then against each other."
Dan McMann passed away 17 years ago now, in 1996, after being involved a snowmobile accident.
With his brother gone, Tim wanted to do something to remember him.
"I miss him," said McMann. "That was his number, 11D. My number used to be 11. We carry on his number."
"It was hard coming to the track," said Dan Kingsley, a longtime family friend, "and not seeing him and his brother race side-by-side like they used to because that's what I remember."
So with Dan gone, Tim was left to carry on his brother's racing legacy.
"Like I said, he's out here," said McMann. "Whether he can be seen or not."
What can be seen, though, are the 27 track championships McMann has racked up over the years.
"The points thing, we've won it a bunch of times out here," said McMann. "That's just a plus."
If you ask Kingsley who would have won between the two brothers, he's quick to answer.
"Well, I kind of remember his brother beating him up more times than not," said Kingsley."
"It was always a rivalry," said McMann. "I was always the older brother so there was always pressure for me to beat the little brother, but he was good."