For Provinzino, WOO Provides Bigger Challenge

By KBJR News 1

July 8, 2013 Updated Jul 9, 2013 at 5:53 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Hibbing, Minn. native Jeff Provinzino has been racing on the area dirt track circuit for two decades now, but this summer he decided he wanted a bigger challenge --- the World of Outlaws series.

"The local stuff is so much work without much reward is what it comes down to," said Provinzino. "Before I get too old, I wanted to do some bigger and better things. This is a lot of fun racing this stuff. We just have to get better at it."

Provinzino is no stranger to racing. He's been at it for 20 years now and says his brother got him into it at an early age.

"We all raced go-karts together and we were all competitive and all," he said of his family. "Those were the good ol' days."

Now, Provinzino brings his own boys to the races each weekend.

"I enjoy having them with me when they can," he said. "They're learning. They're the new pit crew, too.

"I usually clean the mud and change the tires and change gears a lot," said Cole Provinzino, Jeff's youngest son. "That's what I learned to do about a year and a half ago, change the gears. It's really not that easy."

The 13-year-old Cole helps out a lot in the pit on race nights, but that's not his favorite part.

"I just like to see him race," said Cole. "Just to see him and see all the people here and just to get to know everybody."

And if anyone knows how tough racing in the Outlaw series is, it's Jeff's youngest boy.

"He's not just going to win his first time," said Cole. "He's just getting started in these. It's a big challenge for him. I know it is.

It's a challenge that Cole wants to take on himself one day, but only after he does one thing first.

"I want to go to college for a few years, and then when I'm done with that, maybe come back."

Posted by Zach Schneider
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