MECHANICSBURG, PA (KAUZ) - Texoma is home to plenty of dirt-track auto racing itself, but this weekend, one Texoma driver traveled halfway across the country to compete at one of the meccas of sprint car racing.
Chad Koch of Wichita Falls drove 1400 miles - one way - this week to a suburb of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to compete at the legendary Williams Grove Speedway.
Chad drives a 305 sprint car and competes regularly around Texas and Oklahoma, including regular races at the Red River Speedway, but couldn't pass up the chance to drive on a track he'd only competed on in video games.
"I don't really get nervous," Koch said before racing Friday night. "But, I think it's gonna kinda be an eye-opener when we get on the loud pedal and go underneath the bridge. You know, this isn't the Sprint Car game you play on PlayStation or XBox. This is real life, and don't pinch me because I don't want to wake up right now. It's just too cool."
Chad qualified for the 20-lap feature race Friday night, but had to drop out of that race with engine troubles, finishing 26th.