History was just made on a dirt race track in southern Ohio, where a very unlikely driver took home the top prize at Atomic Speedway. The driver not only pulled out a win but broke a record at the track in Ross County.
The driver is Bud Frazier. He is 83-years-old and is known in the Ohio dirt track racing community as ‘The Legend.’
“They call me the legend, because I am one,” said Bud Frazier from his home in rural Ross County.
According to Atomic Speedway, he is the oldest man on record to win a race at Atomic Speedway, probably all of Ohio, maybe even the country.
“Every year I say well, this is probably my last year,” Bud Frazier said.
He has been racing cars since 1960 and has won in every division, although he’s lost track of exactly how many wins He estimates at least 350.
“They can say it looks easy all they want. But, it is one of the hardest things I have ever done, drive a race car,” Bud said.
Bud Frazier is the elder in a father-son racing duo. His son, Mark, is a track champion at Atomic Speedway.
“My joke is most people have lost their drivers licenses at 83, and now you are still winning races,” Mark Frazier said. “He taught me how to be a smooth driver, and that is the secret to being successful.”
While the secret is out on winning races, the secret to longevity off the track remains a mystery.
“I am just lucky, I am really lucky,” Bud said.
Bud plans on racing for as long as he can, with no sign of slowing down.
“Them young guys better watch me!” Bud said.