Students get driving tips from the pros
NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Dakoda Armstrong, left, and Chris Buescher speak with Trinity driver's education students during a visit at the Manchester high school on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
The two men, who will race in the Sta-Green 200 July 12 at 3:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, are in the development driver program. Chris Buescher, 21, originally from Texas and now living in North Carolina, is driving No. 60 for Roush Fenway Racing.
Zara Morrissey, 16, of Manchester, can identify with Buescher’s advice. She has trouble with sharp turns on corners, maybe because of where she’s looking.
“I failed the written (exam),” she said.
She gives points to her parents for their attitude when she’s behind the wheel. “They’re actually pretty calm,” she said.
There’s Bluetooth in the car, but his phone is not connected. If it rings, he asks someone else to answer it. When he gets his license and is in the car alone, he said, he’s planning to get an earpiece.
He usually practices with his mom, who sometimes, he said: “Gets a little anxious.”
Sixteen-year-old Bethany Hart said she’s been driving for a while. “Since I was 13,” said the Manchester resident. Why is she taking it now? “Because it’s mandated,” she said, if she wants a license at her age. When driving, she said: “You get into some kind of mind state.”
Armstrong started at age 6 with go-karts and won the 1998 World Karting Association Championship in his first year of racing. He went on competing and collecting more than 200 wins in go-karts, quarter midgets, bandolero, micro/mini springs, Kenyon midgets, 410 non-wing sprint cars and midgets. He’s also raced trucks, when taking a break from cars.
The two speedsters did admit it’s sometimes hard to slow down. “I’ve had a few speeding tickets,” Armstrong admitted.
Buescher said he’d been stopped, but got off with a warning “by not talking back.”
Buescher was more cautious. “I’m on the fence,” he said. While it might help coordination, he cautioned: “Don’t ever think because you played a video game, it’s going to help you on the road.”
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