FORT WORTH-DALLAS (August 17, 2000) - Age can be the career-ender for many athletes but not for 43-year-old Jay Springsteen. The veteran of the Wrenchead.com National Dirt Track Series says he's looking ahead to what's still possible, not what's already past.
"I still feel safe out there," said Springsteen. "Sometimes I go good and sometimes I struggle, but I'm still having fun and it's still my job."
A job that he enjoys and one where he still is finding success. He recently celebrated a career victory by winning his first Springfield Mile - his first mile victory in over 15 years. In fact, the competition, most of it younger, hasn't been able to do much razzing of this series veteran. "The Springer" is tied for second on the all-time national winner's list and remains a tough opponent.
"After Springfield, (fellow series competitor) Nickey Hayden came up to me with his tongue hangin' out and said 'Man, you guys sure picked up the pace at the end,'" smiled Springsteen. "That makes you feel good when a young kid comes up to you and says something like that."
The Springer says he is looking forward to his second visit to the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in the Aug. 26 Rattlesnake Roundup and is hoping to have better results this time around. In May, he was in contention for a top spot in the National Championship Main feature when he almost lost the bike coming out of a turn. Although he managed to save it and complete the race, the mishap cost him several positions - he finished eighth.
"I knew that one was going to hurt," said Springsteen.
Springsteen will join top series riders such as Chris Carr to compete in the Pro Singles and National Championship division races. The riders will compete for $45,000 in prize money and awards. Preliminary races will be topped by a 25-lap main event around the four-tenths mile clay oval.
General admission tickets for the Rattlesnake Roundup are $22 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. All reserved seats are $30. Tickets are available at the speedway ticket office, by calling the ticket hotline at (817) 215-8500 or through all participating Ticketmaster locations.