Travis Yow  
FEATURE LINE-UP      POLE SITTER: TRAVIS YOW

DRIVER:

Travis Yow

HOMETOWN:

Fayetteville NC

AGE:

16

MARITAL STATUS:

Single

OCCUPATION:

Student

YEARS RACED:

9

HOMETRACK: 

Fayetteville Motor Speedway 

DIVISION:

 Open Wheeled Modified

HOBBIES:

Working on the car

Playing Baseball with friends

Swimming

Working out in the gym

Visit Travis website

www.freewebs.com/travisyow

CAR NUMBER : #98

CAR DESCRIPTION:

Wt/Rd/Blu/Blu#

CHASSIS:

GRT

ENGINE BUILDER:

Moffet Machine


CREW CHIEF:

Erin Yow

CREW:
Ricky Boahn
George Boahn

TRAVIS’S 2007 RIDE

Photo’s Courtesy of Travis Yow Motorsports

 SPONSORS:

Master Muffler

Roberts Used Cars

Fast Lane Racing News

 Boahn & Son’s Concrete

Lib Whittington

 Moffett Machines


Travis is currently seeking additional sponsorship for his 2007 racing campaign. Sponsorship information is available by contacting:
yowmotorsports@netzero.net

 

 

 

PREPARING FOR YOUR FUTURE STARTS AT A YOUNG AGE

The year was 1998 and the boy was only 7 years old when he started racing Go-Karts.

Travis Yow may have been young, but he wasn’t “Kart” racing for a hobby, instead his “Kart” racing became the training ground he has built upon. Travis competed 4 years in

the Junior division of the World Karting Association (WKA), and racked up some pretty amazing accomplishments in that short time. In 2000, Travis won his first WKA National Race at Low County Kartway, Ayner, SC.  He went on to capture three more major wins a North Carolina State Race and a Virginia State Race, both at Margarettesville Speedway NC, and a National Race win at Hanging Rock Speedway Kershaw SC.

His most memorable moment came in 2002 when at the Margarettsville Speedway Margarettsville, NC he won the WKA Grand Nationals. “This was one of the most prestigious races I had entered to date.” “Competitors would bring 3 to 5 Karts with them just for this one race.” With a Kart count of 200 and only 30 making the field, I was fortunate enough to start from the pole and win the event,” recalled Travis. Yow ended his kart days with 49 total wins at various local tracks and weekly races. This was quite a record for a young man at the ripe age of 10.   

At age 11, Travis moved from Karts to a 4 Cylinder Stockcar.  He spent the next two years running full throttle down the back stretch at Wake County Speedway an asphalt track in North Carolina.  It was during this time that Travis experienced the only thing that he could answer when I asked him to describe his scariest racing moment. “It was the last race of the season in 2003, “I was racing in third place and had a tire going down.” My dad told me to take it easy, but I got caught up in the moment while passing another car, and ran ride open through the curve, got loose and hit the wall.” It wasn’t so much hitting the wall that scared me, but rather what my dad was going to say about my “taking it easy,” shared Travis.  One has to keep in mind that Yow was at the strapping age of 12 (no pun intended) when he didn’t do what his father said to, so facing him after the race could have been a little scary.  Travis went on to say that his dad wasn’t to upset with him, and to answer my question a little more seriously, “he has been real fortunate not to have any major accidents or roll-overs thus far in his racing career.”  

After two years of 4 Cylinder racing, Yow was ready to move up to the Limited Late Model division. He continued to race at Wake County Speedway and had a respectable 12th place finish in the standings his rookie year of 2005, and finished 5th in the 2006 point standings his second year of competition. At this point in his life, Travis had already spent four years driving on asphalt at speeds that would make any parent nervous, and he was now just eligible to legally drive himself to school.   

This 16 year old teen is all about driving and all about new racing opportunities.  During his 2006 racing season Travis also raced a partial year slinging some dirt in an Open-Wheeled Modified at Fayetteville Motor Speedway, Fayetteville NC.  Although he only ran part of the season, Yow still had a remarkable 11th place finish in the point standings. Since Travis has had both asphalt and dirt driving experience, I asked him to tell me what he felt was different between the two.  Travis replied, “driving on dirt is more on the edge like running sideways through the turns, you are always driving the car,” where asphalt racing is more smooth, and you for sure do not want to go sideways through the turns.” 

I then asked Travis, “Who has been an inspiration in his racing career?”  For Travis there is more than one person who has influenced him in racing, he has had four people very close to him, to look up to, as role models. Travis first mentioned his parents, “My dad has always supported my racing, he is the one who helped me get started and has always encouraged me to keep a good attitude, treat folks right, and keep a smile on your face. My mom is my public relations (PR) person she takes care of most of the website, and is always looking for opportunities to get my name “out there.” Yow’s good friend Ricky Boahn and fellow dirt racer was the next on the list. “Ricky has helped me work on my cars, and has allowed me to house my modified at his shop. Ricky’s racing number at one time was 99, and was the inspiration for me choosing #98.”  Last but certainly not least is his Aunt Lib.  “Aunt Lib is by far my biggest fan,” stated Travis. “She faithfully comes to the track and cheers me on.” “She is one of my biggest financial supporters.”  “She loves racing, has a great spirit about her which makes her fun to be around.”  All of these people have contributed to this young mans calm and very conservative approach on the race track.   

When I asked Yow what his thoughts are before a race, he replied, “I tell myself not to jump the gun.” “I look at the field, weigh my options and take opportunities as they come.” “No one ever wins the race on the first lap.” “So I try and drive smart.” Now that was an answer I expected to get from a seasoned driver not from a young man at the age of 16.  In most cases age 16 and driving smart don’t usually end up in the same sentence.  This young-gun isn’t only smart, but a hard worker.  

A typical day for Travis is waking early and attending High School, coming home from school, changing his clothes, and heading out to the shop to work on the car with his dad.  Basically Yow spends around 35 hours in school and 20-25 hours in the shop. “Then on the weekends he races.”  The guys (Travis, his dad, Rick & George Boahn) are not the only ones who work on his car.  His crew chief also gets her hands dirty right along with them. Yes! Travis’s crew chief is a girl and his sister Erin. “Erin has been there from the beginning, she works on the car with the rest of us and we get along really good, stated Yow.” When Erin is not working on the car or at the track she spends her time in college, working on a degree in civil engineering. Both Travis and Erin have recently been previewed in the very popular racing magazine, Stock Car Racing, February 2007 issue, this brother and sister team are a winning combination.   

Travis has a very creative website and while I was traveling through it I stopped to read some of the entries in his guestbook.  They say, you can tell a little something about someone when you are allowed to read their mail. Travis not only allowed me to read his “mail” but gave me permission to quote the following.  The message was from a woman who had met Travis during his kart racing years.  “…..you signed an autograph for my son when he was 4 and he still thinks you are his hero! You seemed like a nice boy then and it looks like you still are, I hope you stay that way and have a great future in racing. Scotty (my son) wants to see you race in NASCAR one day, me too!”  The reason why I chose to include this fan’s message is because it confirms Travis’ following words.

When I asked him what he liked most about being a race car driver, He replied,

“I love the sport of racing,” “the feel of driving the car,” “the atmosphere associated with racing, and meeting the fans,” Travis was very genuine in his answer.  

I then went on to ask what he disliked about being a driver, he took the longest pause during our whole conversation, and then stated. “Well maybe wrecking the car, or when something unexpected happens like a lug nut falling off, with two laps to go.”  This young man had to really think of something that he might not like about racing.  Travis was polite, fun, positive and very enthusiastic while we visited about his racing career.

It is this personality and a new look to his #98 Modified that he takes to the dirt track this year. Travis plans on racing on Friday nights at Dublin Motor Speedway, Dublin NC and on Saturday nights at Fayetteville Motor Speedway, Fayetteville NC. 

With a training ground based in Karts, asphalt experience, and now adding the learning curve of racing on dirt, this young man is on his way to establishing the ground work for a future in professional racing.  Maybe one day Scott, you will see Travis driving in Nascar, and I bet he will be just as glad to sign an autograph for you then, as he was during his Karting days!