Randy Scheuer, Jr.'s Riding High

Whether you’re a friend of Randy Scheuer, Jr. or a fan of his racing, you’ve likely noticed how he calmly and confidently goes about pouring fuel into the cell on his dragster, airing up its tires and making any necessary mechanical adjustments before climbing in and driving to the staging lanes.

There, his ever-present smile remains, regardless of who he is set to line up against, even if it’s his Bear Motorsports teammate Chris Bear.

That can likely be chalked up to his personality as well as his passion for racing and his persistence when it comes to making progress. In 2013, Randy earned a win and a runner-up at Summit Motorsports Park, and even though he wasn’t seeing the tree the way he wanted to during nighttime racing – and even though the engine in his dragster kicked out a rod at an important race during the summer – his team had a spare engine and he was able to finish the season and earn the Super Pro championship.

The Toledo resident who builds alcohol and gas carburetors for APD prides himself on being able to get in the cockpit of his dragster, relax and focus only on the task before him, but admits that he was happy to get “the monkey off his back,” and in this case, “the monkey” was fellow skilled driver Kirby McLennan, who had gone around him after a very tight race for last year’s championship.

Along with Randy for the ride to the top were his girlfriend, Mandi, and his children, Dylan and Emma, and when he catches himself wondering whether his children are too young to fully grasp the magnitude of his accomplishment, their proud smiles tell him everything he needs to know.

By Mary Lendzion

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