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17 Derek Thiem          Updated by Driver: 5/21/2007
Edited by Staff: 5/22/2007

 Driver Information
Hometown: Columbus,NE
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 170
Email Address: dst36@yahoo.com
Marital Status: Married - Sheila
Children: Brandy, Shelby
Employer: Camaco
Job: Press Operator
Year Started Racing: 1998
Total Years Racing: 9
Racing Hero: Jeff Gordon - he and his team never quit!

 Car Information
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Dragon Chassis
Motor: Chevy 350
Owner: Derek Thiem
Crew Chief: Derek Thiem
Crew: Rich, Jack, Terry, Sheila, Rudy, Jaon.
Sponsors & Support: Wemhoff Company - Tarnov, NE

 Tracks & Series
Dawson County Raceway (NE) - Hobby Stock #17
Junction Motor Speedway (NE) - Hobby Stock #17
Lincoln County Raceway (NE) - Hobby Stock #17
Off Road Speedway (NE) - Hobby Stock #17
US 30 Speedway (NE) - Hobby Stock #17

 Career Summary
I got into racing after going to the local track one night. I went home and built my first car, a Street Stock. We rolled it the second night out (back to the drawing board!). We then built the second and third cars and rolled them too! We hit the wall at full speed with the fourth car and totaled it also. We tried a new approach with the next one, spending the money to make it right, and have been running good ever since.
 Racing Goals
Just to make sure I have fun doing it and not be too serious!
 Other Interesting Team Information
I started racing and that got my brother-in-law, Cory Wemhoff, into it. When he joined the Army my father-in law Rich took over. Then my wife's uncle Terry got involved and built a car. Then my sister-in-law Joan raced my old car. So I guess it's a family affair!

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