Three Generations of Dohms at Shootout
Each Tuesday night the Dohm pit area resembles a family reunion as Casey Dohm races in the Cabarrus Family Medicine Legends Car division; father, Chuck Dohm, competes in the Verizon Wireless Legends Car Masters division; and grandfather, Bob Dohm, is always on hand to lend moral support.
"Racing is a hobby for the men in the Dohm family and is something we all really enjoy," said Casey Dohm. "My dad bought me a go-kart and saw how much fun I was having, so he bought one himself about five months later. My grandfather enjoys the sport and likes coming out to watch us. It's a great opportunity for us to do something together."
Even though he is a newcomer to the Legends Cars, the younger Dohm is locked in a torrid battle for the Cabarrus Family Medicine Legends Car Semi-Pro division championship.
"I didn't pick up racing until fourth or fifth grade. My parents got me a go-kart and I used to race it at one of the local dirt tracks," the younger Dohm explained. "I've worked my way up through the ranks. I did the go-kart thing, then Bandoleros and now the Legends Cars.
"I have four or five wins at other tracks in the Legends Cars, but I don't have that much experience under my belt yet, maybe 25 races total," Dohm continued. "I'm trying my best to win, and looking for the quickest way to get to the front."
Dohm recorded six top-10 finishes in the first eight weeks of the Hardee's Summer Shootout, but has yet to visit victory lane.
"I just want to win a race," he said. "It would not feel the same if I were to win the championship without winning a race this season."
Ironically, one of Dohm's greatest racing attributes may turn out to be his Achilles' heel in the championship chase.
"I'm not scared to wreck the car. I'll put the car anywhere if I think it will help me out," he said. "My grandfather says I have natural ability when it comes to racing, and I think it must be true because I'm definitely lacking seat time in the Legends Cars."
Like a majority of the young racers honing their skills in the Hardee's Summer Shootout, Dohm has aspirations of becoming a professional driver.
"I would love to get picked up by a NASCAR team. If I got an offer, I would jump on it fast and I guess it could still happen," Dohm said. "I could meet the right people or something like that. Driving professionally would definitely be fun and I would really enjoy meeting all of the people along the way."
The 10-week Hardee's Summer Shootout concludes Tuesday night, Aug. 16, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The action-packed program includes three classes of Bandolero racing, three divisions of Legends Cars and the Thunder Roadsters. In addition, the always popular School Bus race returns for the season finale.
Admission is just $5 for adults. Children 6-12 are admitted for $3 and kids under 6 are free. Tickets are available in advance at the speedway ticket office and at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the event. Parking is free. Contact the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS for information or to purchase tickets.
Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with preliminary action at 5:25. Feature racing begins at 7:30 p.m. and is scheduled to conclude by 10:15.