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Tom Charles drives the #81 Modified Class
car. He lives in Bonner Springs, KS. His home track is
Lakeside Speedway (KCK) but he can also be found racing at Central
He started racing in 1978 in the Street
Stock Class at Riverside, MO. after seeing his Dad and uncle race in the
'60's and knew he would someday. His first win was in 1981 in the
Street Stock at Topeka Raceway. Career highlights include: 325
Feature wins to date, 27 Track Championships (5 in 1995), 2nd in IMCA
National Points in 1990 and drove Late Models and Modifieds to dual wins
The thrill of racing for Tom is building
cars, finding ways to go faster, winning and being with friends and
family. His most exciting racing moment was winning his 300th
Feature at his home track in the town he grew up in (which is now gone due
to the flood of 1993) Lakeside Speedway, KCK. He's most proud of his
29th year of marriage, 27 years of racing....that is amazing!
Watching and racing with his son and watching his grandson race Karts.
His grandson is Tom's racing hero.
Of racing, Tom says, "It is what you make
it...it has high high's and low low's. You can learn a lot about
life through racing......pay attention!".