FORT WORTH-DALLAS (May 26, 2004) -- Ken Weaver is a successful businessman, owner and CEO of three thriving companies. He lives in an upscale Dallas neighborhood. In short, life is good. Eight years ago Weaver made a career choice. He...
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (May 26, 2004) -- Ken Weaver is a successful businessman, owner and CEO of three thriving companies. He lives in an upscale Dallas neighborhood. In short, life is good.
Eight years ago Weaver made a career choice. He wanted to become -- a race car driver?
Weaver is set to invade Texas Motor Speedway Friday night, June 11 for the O'Reilly 400k NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. But why did he look to motorsports for his next challenge?
"About eight years ago a friend of mine throught I was under a lot of stress," said the lanky Texan who measures in at 6'7". "Maybe it just looked that way, he thought I needed an outlet. He had a dirt modified car and we took it out to Devil's Bowl Speedway.
"It started out there and one thing led to another. I drove dirt sprint cars, then turned to asphalt stock car racing with a ROMCO team. I wanted to try to race longer tracks so we competed in ARCA and NASCAR West.
"I knew Joe Gibbs for about a year when he called me one day and asked if I was interested in buying his NASCAR Craftsman Truck team. I did."
Weaver competed in five Craftsman Truck Series races last year then joined forces with owner Gene Christensen, Bobby Dotter and new crew chief Tommy Morgan. The 1-800-4-A-PHONE Chevrolet team moved to Charlotte in the off season and brought a new attitude with them for the full-season Truck effort.
"If you know me, giving up is not part of my makeup," continued Weaver. "This is a sport where you are measured in hundredths of a second that requires a lot more team effort than most people realize.
"It would mean everything to have a good run at Texas," said the 40-something Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year candidate. "Of all the tracks that I have driven, Texas is so smooth. If you are handling right, you can just drive the wheels off it there."
The O'Reilly 400k will offer the stiffest competition between manufacturers in series history with Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge and Toyota. The most talented field of Craftsman Truck Series drivers to ever compete at Texas will include former Cup Series stars Jack Sprague, Bobby Hamilton, Steve Park, Mike Skinner, Ted Musgrave, Andy Houston and Geoffrey Bodine along with series point leader Dennis Setzer and Texan David Starr.
The O'Reilly 400k will get the green flag at 8 p.m. (CDT) on June 11. Tickets are available daily at the speedway, by calling (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and at Ticketmaster locations. The FAST PACK 4 season ticket package, offering the same seat for the season's remaining Indy Racing League IndyCar Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races, is also available.