Neece combination success at Lonesome Pine

Husband and Wife Team Make a Winning Combination In Two Divisions At LPIR Roger and Nancy Neece know what team work is. They make a team off the racetrack as husband and wife, and one on race day as driver and crew. Roger began his racing career...

Husband and Wife Team Make a Winning Combination In Two Divisions At LPIR Roger and Nancy Neece know what team work is. They make a team off the racetrack as husband and wife, and one on race day as driver and crew. Roger began his racing career in the last part of 1992. His reason behind becoming a racecar drive was simple. "I just always liked going fast and we come out here and watched it, so I told her I believe I could do that. So I did it." At the end of 1992, he bought his first car and ran six races with it. He had never been on the racetrack before and claimed he knew nothing about it. Neece said he just, "came out here, climbed in, took off, and started racing." At the end of the same year, he bought another car. That same car is the one he has now, and the one he has had ever since.

Last year Neece was in a vicious crash coming out of turn two involving another competitor. He hit Neece's racecar on the driver side at full speed. After several minutes, he climbed out of his car. He said, "I'm still a little bit stiff. The car is doing alright; we've not got it back exactly like it was. I'm ok, the car is pretty close, but it's still off a little bit." He also mentioned that he was involved in a hard wreck two weeks ago. It was so bad he said it tore the guardrail out.

Not only does Nancy act as his wife, she acts as his crew as well. "Last year I was his spotter and he wouldn't't answer me on the radio where he tore the radio wires apart. It liked to have scared me to death. This year before I got down off the car hauler he hollered and told me, he was alright because I jumped him last year. I jumped onto him big time where he wouldn't 't answer me, but then I found out he couldn't. But both of them really scared me cause I thought he was hurt."

Neece has been known to be intimidating at the racetrack by his famed black 22 in which he drives in two different divisions, but this year it is a different story. Brian Blevins, who is just a senior at Clintwood High School, is winning every race that he competes in, in the Grand stock division against Neece. That does not seem to bother Neece. When it comes to Blevins he said, "Brian is a pretty good boy and pretty a good racer from what I've seen of him and what little bit I've raced with him and he's raced me good and that's the way I want to race him. He come over the other day he and Paul Shull, who is also a driver, and helped me put my car back together. We get along pretty good and I like racing with him."

When it comes to his wife Nancy, he says that he could not do it with out her. He said, "She helps me out a lot, there's a lot of nights we work way up in the morning and she's there with me. She does a lot of parts running for me and does a lot of my running. It's just me and her ya know."

According to Nancy, if it was not for Roger she would not even be a regular at the racetrack. She does everything because of him. "I just help him [do] whatever needs to be done. I pretty well know now, after all these years, what to do. [I] just check the air pressure, make sure the wheels are on tight, get the gas. He brings one car to the racetrack and I pull the other one. If he didn't have me I don't know what he would do and if I didn't have him I don't know what I would do."

Even though Neece is a tough competitor, he appreciates all the fans. He says, "The ones that like me the ones that don't like me. That's fine ya know, but it takes everybody, we gotta have them before we can race. I appreciate everyone of them."

Roger and Nancy are a team that everyone will be talking about long after he has given up racing. He wants his competitors and the fans to always remember him as someone who always tried his best. But don't count the Neece 's out yet, because according to Nancy as long as Roger can drive, they will both be there every Saturday night to race as a team.

"I started in the last part of '92"

"I don't know just always liked going fast and we come out here and watched it, so I told here I believe I could do that so I done it."

"We bought one at the end of the season in '92 and run 6 races with it that' s the first one we ever had. Never had been on the racetrack before didn't know nothing about it. Come out here climbed in, took off, and started racing. And then at the end of that year we bought Greg Killen's old car. That's the one that I got now, that's the ole car, and I've had it ever since."

Well its doing alright, we've not got it back exactly like it was I'm ok the car is pretty close, but its still off a little bit. I'm still a little bit stiff.

We had a hard wreck two weeks ago down here, tore the guardrail out and everything.

Well we're just gonna run every race and do the best we can with every race and that's all I can do I can't do no more. Every time I go out there, I do my best and that's all I can do.

ABOUT BRIAN BLEVINS
Yeah Brian he's a pretty good youngin' I guess he's a pretty good boy and pretty good racer from what I've seen of him and what little bit I've raced with him and he's raced me good and that's the way I want to race him. He come over the other day he and Paul and helped me put my car back together. We get along pretty good and I like racing with him.

I just tried my best and done the best I could every time I was out there and tried to put on a good show and just do the best I could every time I was out on the racetrack.

I couldn't do it without her, she puts up with me that's the biggest thing putting up with me. She helps me out a lot there's a lot of nights we work way up in the morning and she's there with me. She does a lot of parts running for me and does a lot of my running. It's just me and her ya know. I appreciate all the fans. The ones that like me the ones that don't like me. The ones that holler for me the ones that don't holler for me. That's fine ya know but it takes everybody we gotta have them before we can race. I appreciate every one of them.

Because of him. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't even be here. I just help him whatever needs to be done I pretty well know now after all these years what to do. Just check the air pressure, make sure the wheels are on tight, get the gas.

Last year I was his spotter and he wouldn't answer me on the radio where he tore the radio wires apart and stuff and he couldn't answer me and it liked to have scared me to death. This year before I got down off the car hauler he hollered and told me I was alright because I jumped him last year. I did! I jumped onto him big time where he wouldn't answer me, but then I found out he couldn't. But both of them really scared me cause I thought he was hurt. He brings one car to the race track and I pull the other one and if he didn' t have me I don't know what he would do and if I didn't have him I don't know what I would do. As long as he can drive.

-lpr-

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