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51 Matt Patak          [Edit]Updated by Driver: 11/28/2000
Edited by Staff: 12/31/2001

 Driver Information
Nickname: The Tall Kid
Hometown: Gretna,NE
Birthdate: 7/19/82
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 220
Marital Status: Single
Year Started Racing: 1999
Total Years Racing: 1
Racing Hero: Jeff Gordon - because he has shown that a man with nothing can get everything if you try hard enough.

 Car Information
Year/Make/Model: 1979 Chevy Camaro
Owner: Mike Patak
Crew Chief: Mike Patak
Crew: Mike Patak, Rick Munson
Sponsors & Support: Max's Body Shop, QPI, Mom & Dad.



 Tracks & Series
I-80 Speedway (NE) - Stock Car #51

 Awards & Accomplishments
8th in 2000 I-80 Pro Am points.

 
 Career Summary
My first car was a Pro Am we bought at Sol's Pawn Shop in downtown Omaha. We have been improving ever since. From almost making the A Feature my first race to being in the top ten in points all in a year's time.
 
 Racing Goals
To win an A Feature and a Track Championship.
 
 Other Interesting Team Information
My number 51 was chosen because of the movie Days of Thunder (my racing inspiration). At the end of the movie, Cole Trickle wins the Daytona 500 in the Mellow Yellow #51 car! My sad, but funny, racing story was that I was in 3rd place in a heat race thinking I would be in the A Feature, then slowed as I came to the white flag thinking it was the checkered and that the race was over. I finished 6th.
 

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