Texas Stock Car Driver Makes Surprise Visit to Taylor Speedway


AJ Dancer saw the road sign and decided to pull over

Probably for any athlete, no matter where you are, even if it’s in a foreign country, you just want to compete.

Turns out, stock car drivers are no different.

Take, for example, AJ Dancer from Austin, Texas.

The 48-year-old and his wife, Brenda, decided to travel from the Lone Star State 85 hours north to Fairbanks, Alaska.

“It’s the northernmost dirt track in the world,” Dancer said. “We saw it on TV and looked like something to do.”

So the couple packed up the motorhome and race car trailer and headed north.

While AJ (Aaron James) does all the riding on and off the track, it’s really Brenda who is the real racing freak.

“She did all the planning and honestly, if I had paid attention that it was 85 in Fairbanks, I might not have made it,” he joked.

It took nine days and up to 12 hours of driving each day to get to their polar destination.

Described as part of a ‘normal’ vacation, it’s clear that, for both, running is in their blood.

So much so that the pair couldn’t resist stopping by Taylor Speedway on July 16 on their way back to Texas.

“So we are traveling and we passed by this one and saw that it would be time for us to come back. We were talking about going to see other national parks, but we prefer to run,” said Dancer, who is a Austin Sheriff, when not on the trail.

“Me and my wife, that’s all we do. That’s why we went to Alaska. We combine it with a normal vacation,” he added.

The longtime stock car racer raced almost everywhere in the lower 48s, before his trip north.

“We raced all over…Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and, of course, Texas.”

Dancer has raced once in Canada, in Estevan, Sask.

He can now add Taylor, BC to that list.

Vice President of Track and modified IMCA rider Johnny Beaumont called the surprise visit “fantastic”.

“I think it’s amazing that he even heard of us. They saw the sign (highway). They looked at the track. Followed the Facebook page and watched Friday’s races on their phone and showed up here to do a few laps.

“It was great that they even took the time to think about us. Going almost from the northernmost track to the southernmost track,” said Beaumont.

And, like anyone traveling on vacation, the dancers were able to pick up a souvenir to remind them of their trip to Taylor – a trophy for winning Saturday night’s sports/bomber class main event.


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