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Hold on Tight

Making every ride count at Stegall’s Arena By Mike Savicki   The chute gate swings open quickly. The rider holds the bull rope tightly and bolts into the arena. Trying to impress the judges with a show of skill and balance, he sits tall and…

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More Than a Good Driver

NHRA Top Fuel Driver Doug Herbert shares life lessons for the road By Mike Savicki   Doug Herbert makes his living by driving fast. Really fast. In his seventeen years behind the wheel of an 8,000 horsepower dragster, he estimates he has gone over three…

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Dive In!

Carolina Diving Academy raises local diving to new heights By Mike Savicki   From his poolside coaching position, Aaron Hintz shouts encouragement to ten of his elite divers as they take turns twisting and flipping their way through the air during a springboard and platform…

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Flatwater Fantasyland

Kayaks serve as the classroom of discovery By Mike Savicki   Tracy Tripp knows the local waters in a way that most people never will. Her passion is kayaking, and from the cockpit of her bright red sea kayak, Tripp regularly explores the hundreds of…

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Mama Speed

Gaye Busch keeps her racing worries in check By Mike Savicki   Like all caring mothers, Gaye Busch is concerned about the well-being of her children. She worries about them when they are on vacation, driving on the roadways and, especially, when they are at…

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Cult of the Tailpipe

A motorcycle lifestyle has personal appeal By Mike Savicki   At first glance, Patty Griffin of Cornelius does not appear to fit the stereotype of the rough and tough outlaw that is the traditional Harley-Davidson motorcyclist. She is a mother of two, a wife, a…

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Down and Dirty, and Good Clean Fun

Charlotte Rugby Club draws an eclectic mix of players who can’t get enough of the game By Mike Savicki   A popular bumper sticker on cars parked at the Skillbeck Athletic Grounds in northwest Charlotte reads, Give Blood Play Rugby. To the uneducated eye, it is…

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She’s Swinging for the Stars

Katie Kirk has the golf ball rolling her way By Mike Savicki   On an afternoon when most golfers might choose to leave their clubs in the trunk, sixteen-year-old Katie Kirk is on the practice area at River Run Country Club in Davidson. The driving…

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A Matter of Trust

Crew Chief Steve Letarte knows how to build a team   By Mike Savicki   For the last seven years, Steve Letarte has run nearly every lap of every NASCAR Sprint Cup race. He knows what it takes to win and he knows how it feels…

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Stills in the Hills

Moonshine and racing history go hand in hand in the Piedmont By Mike Savicki   Before the Earnhardts, Pettys and Waltrips became household names in the racing world, the Graftons, Lippards, Littles, Heffners and Burgess brothers pegged their speedometers and turned heads across the Carolina…