Russ Gabbert is a weekly racer at The Richmond Action Track, in Richmond,
Kentucky. When not racing at the "RAT" Russ can be found chasing the
NARA Battle of Bluegrass Modified series and other big races in the
Kentucky area. Some of sponsors who support Russ include: Dirt Tech
Chassis, Trinity Construction, Express Personal Services, Speedy Graphics,
Windows Tinted Unlimited, Wild Cat Carwash. Also supporting Russ in his
efforts are his wife Cora, along with their two sons Sean and Tristan. Jody
Shannon recently asked Russ about his 2004 season and 2005 plans:
Jody Shannon: First off, how would you rate your 2004 Racing season and
what are some of your favorite moments from the year?
Russ Gabbert: I would rate 2004 as very good. This was my first year in a bar
car Dirt Tech Chassis House Car. I ran his car with my drive train. I had run a
Fast boy’s leaf car from 2000 - 2003. From 2000 - 2001 I ran at Crown Point
Speedway in Indiana before I moved to Berea, Kentucky. From 2002 - 2003 at
Richmond with the Fast boy’s car and this year with Dirt Tech Chassis car. I
had a great year in a new car I had to relearn about.
JS: You been racing for quite a few years now, how did you orginally get into
RG: I've been racing for 11 yrs now. Street Stock - Super Street - Hobby
Stock - Modified. When I got started, I was a drag racer, I thought that was
fun, WRONG. I went to CPS with a guy I had only known for a short time and
went in the pits that night. That was all it took, I had to try it. Started with a
street stock I bought for $ 250.00. I was hooked like a big mouth bass.
JS: What kind of person are you outside of the race track and what are some
of the things you enjoy doing in your free time.
RG: I'm kinda quiet and laid back. Except for joking around and picking on
the guys at work. In my spare time I'm with my wife and two boys or tinkering
with the car. As most of us racers do.
JS: Who are you looking to be your strongest competition this upcoming 2005
RG: In the BOB Series I think that Kelly Warren, Ricky Arms, Leonard
Pierce will be the toughest. At Richmond I think Jimmy Crabtree, Walt Neal.
But I think I'll do better at Richmond next year with my new Dale Meers
power plant I put in right before the DTWC. I think I'll do better at all the
events I run in 2005.
JS: What are some of your personal plans and goals for the 2005 season?
RG: My plans for 2005 are to run more big shows that are paying good
money, try to run the complete BOB Series, and keep the car in one piece.
My first goal is to run good enough to keep my ride with Dirt Tech Chassis.
Another goal is to finish top five or better in the BOB. Another is to make the
feature in all the big shows I go to, cause we know how hard that is. There's a
lot of things I want to do, but I don't want to set too many goals and overload
myself. I could go on forever about racing just ask my wife ] but it would take
me until tomorrow night to type it all. If you need more info just let me know,
I'd be glad to tell ya. Thanks for noticing me [ one of the low budget racers ]
This interview may just be a new highlight for me in 2004.