Chad Unzicker

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 Chad Unzicker


Chad Unzicker drives the #97 Open Wheel Modified Class car.  His home track is Fairbury Speedway but he can also be found racing at Farmer City Raceway, I-55 Raceway, and Spoon River Speedway.  He lives in Morton, IL.

Team members helping Chad are:  Mike Unzicker, Christy Unzicker, Amy Unzicker, Carson Brown, Mark Hankins, Adam Mellen.  Mike Unzicker is the car owner.

Chad started racing in 2003 in the Hornet Class at Peoria Speedway because he'd been on Matt Smith's pit crew for three years and got the chance to drive a car.  He loved it so much that he bought a Hornet and raced it for one season, moving up to the Modified Class the next year. 

The thrill of racing for Chad is racing against Carl Edwards at Lake Ozark Speedway in 2004.  He had won the truck race that day in Kansas and then the Feature that night.  Chad got to meet Carl.  Chad's most proud of his consistency.  He continues to improve his driving skills and race car each year. 

Chad's racing heroes are Jack Roush and Matt Kenseth.

Of racing, Chad says, "Racing is the only sport that takes 2 balls to play.  The difference between the men and the boys is the size and price of their toys!  Time is money and I don't have enough of either.  Fail to plan, plan to fail!  It's not speed that kills, it's the sudden stop.  Sometimes the greatest risk of all is never taking one at all.  There is no replacement for displacement!".

His favorite racing website is





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