Tj Tjaden

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Tj Tjaden


 Tj Tjaden drives the #11 Single Class Sprint car.  His home track is English Creek Speedway but he can also be found racing at Sweet Springs Raceway.  He lives in Colfax, IA.

Team members helping Tj are:  Ron Newquist, Tim Booher, Tim Hall.   Mike Vanderlinden is the car owner.

Tj started racing in 1997 in the Singles Class at Small County Fairgrounds Track because his Step-Dad, Ron Newquist, built a car, so Tj started driving it.  His first win was in 2000 in the Singles Class at Sweet Springs Raceway. Career highlights include 2004 8th place finish at Nationals at Southern Illinois Raceway, 2005 set quick time and broke the Track Record at Nationals at Will Rogers Raceway and a 3rd place finish.

The thrill of racing for Tj is the thrill and intensity you feel out on the track.  His most exciting racing moment was his first National Race at Sweet Springs Raceway.  He ran more laps in one race than he had the whole season and finished 8th!  He's most proud of being an honest driver.  He tries to drive each race as clean as he can.

Tj's racing hero is Sammy Swindell.

Of racing, Tj says, "I do my racing with my family.  It includes my cousin, who owns the car, my Step-Dad, who helps with the car and the rest of my family who are the best Pit Crew ever!".





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