Where'd That Guy Learn to Drive MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 2, 1998) -- The roots of NASCAR racing are often traced to the moonshine runners of the Carolinas and the organized contests they would have to determine who had the fastest car. Many...
Where'd That Guy Learn to Drive
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 2, 1998) -- The roots of NASCAR racing are often traced to the moonshine runners of the Carolinas and the organized contests they would have to determine who had the fastest car. Many of NASCAR's early stars developed their driving prowess running moonshine.
Randy Tolsma, driver of the No. 61 IWX Motor Freight NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chevrolet, was hauling a different cargo through the streets of Meridian, Idaho during his formative driving years. Tolsma, whose career path was at a crossroads between becoming a mortician or a race driver, was working after-school for the Chapel of the Chimes funeral home in his hometown.
"I remember having to race flowers across town," said Tolsma, 32. "After the funeral service, I would gather all the flowers in one of the hearses and would have to beat the funeral procession to the cemetery. I really had to beat them solidly too, because all the flowers had to be set up and in place when the families arrived there.
"I knew every side street and back road in the area," concluded Tolsma, who ended up selecting racing over becoming a mortician. That was a choice his wife Tiffanie, a high-school sweetheart, was glad he made.
Chapel of the Chimes became Randy's first sponsor in racing. IWX Motor Freight is a Springfield, Mo. based trucking firm having a fleet of 400 trucks. IWX serves 48 states and annually the trucks will log more than 98 million miles.
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Randy Tolsma and his IWX sponsored team will be featured on a couple of special events on the popular NASCAR Online web site at http://www.nascar.com. Beginning this Friday June 5, the Xpress Motorsports team shop in Mooresville, N.C. will be featured in the "shop tour" section of the site. Access is gained through entering the garage area from the site's homepage.
On Wednesday, June 17, Randy Tolsma will chat with fans on the popular site. Tolsma will be on at 3:00 p.m. EDT fielding questions and discussing the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
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Kevin Grubb and Chris Boller have recently joined the Xpress Motorsports team. Grubb, a native of High Point, N.C., will be responsible for coordinating the team's engine program with T & L Engine Development. Grubb is formerly with T & L, Parker Racing, Bill Davis Racing and Bobby Labonte Racing.
Boller, a native of Las Vegas, Nev., has joined the team as a general mechanic and truck driver. Boller is formerly with Lonnie Rush's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team and Pangonis Racing, which fields NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour cars.