What's it like to be the mother of a race car driver?
Published 11:16 pm, Monday, August 31, 2009
Although these three women are not behind the wheel of a race car, they are definitely behind the drivers who are.
Robin's son, Kyle, races at Lebanon Valley in New York on Saturday nights. Her husband, Brian, used to race but has since retired and so has Debbie's husband, Bob.
Debbie's son, Peter, races at Whip City Speedway in Massachusetts on Saturday nights.
Tammy's husband, Bill, races with their son, Billy Jr., in the Pro Stocks division at the Accord Speedway in New York on Friday nights.
"I say a prayer out loud in the car on the way to the shop to pick up the cars on Fridays," Tammy said, "I'm very superstitious."
"When Bill races I get nervous, but when Billy Jr. started racing, I found a whole new set of nerves," Tammy added.
When Debbie goes to the race track she, too, gets very nervous.
"I hang on to the gate and I don't exhale until he's finished," Debbie said.
"But it's worse being at home than being there," Debbie said. "I watch the clock because I know what time Peter goes out on the track. It's pretty tough on Saturdays waiting for the phone call."
Robin sometimes gets butterflies.
"I don't worry too much about Kyle, he wears a HANS (Head and Neck Support) Device," she said. "What bothers me is the disappointment on his face when someone hits him and the car gets damaged."
"I worry more about other drivers doing something stupid. Kyle is mild and easy-going," she added.
I asked all of the women what is the best thing about racing.
"It has made the family closer. Bill and Billy Jr. have a special bond," Tammy said proudly.
"We love racing, and I'm behind Kyle 1,000 percent," Robin said.
"I'm happy that Peter is following his dream," Debbie said. "He's dedicated to what he does."
All the women agree racing is a family affair and they all work together as a team.
Accord Speedway: Billy Deak Jr. (13).
Whip City Speedway: Peter Dance (21).
Lebanon Valley: Kyle Armstrong (18).
The Sprint Cup guys are at Bristol Saturday night.