Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bobby And Sadie Siegel: A Special Father's Day Story

By Chanda Healton

I believe racing runs in your blood like a second set of genes. You either love it or you don't. You either have the skills or you don't. There are a lot of fathers and sons who both race and on every level, but there are not a lot of fathers who can say they raised their daughter with gasoline in her veins. Today I bring you one such family: The Siegels. Meet dad Bobby Siegel and his daughter Sadie Siegel from Pennsylvania. They are our Thursday Thunder Drivers of the week.

1) How did you get started in racing and what series or tracks do you race on regularly?

Sadie: I've been around racing my entire life. It's something I've done almost every weekend for 16 years though I only started racing last year in a go-kart. I race at Lernerville Speedway weekly.

Bobby: started racing when I was 16 when my dad bought me a 6-cylinder modified. This year, I won't be racing much to focus on Sadie and her stock car.

From early on Sadie has always known her father Bobby would be there to help her.
Be it working on a racecar early in her career or deer hunting, they are a family brought
together by the power of racing!
2)  Tell me a little about your car number and how you chose it?

Sadie: My car is the Blue and Hot Pink #91 Sportsmans car. I chose #91 because it's the number that has been used by all my family members so I wanted to keep the tradition going!

Bobby:Most recently, I raced a J&J sprint car at Lernerville. I've always been #91 because it is the year I graduated high school.

3)  Who sponsors you and why are they special to you?

Sadie:I have many great sponsors. First and foremost, Mr.Easler from Alternative Power Sources. He has really helped me get started this year. Other sponsors include, Precise Racing Products, Dietz Fabrication, and Thoma Meat Market. 


Bobby:Thoma Meat Market and Dietz Fabrication are both great friends of mine!

4) Who has been your biggest support throughout your career?

Sadie in the 91 racing against fellow competitor  Joe Gombach in the 5 car /
Photo credit Al Ayers Photography 
Sadie:My biggest support comes from my family, mainly my dad. They put up with my when I'm grouchy about rainouts but they also are there to tell me when I do something good or bad. No matter what I know I can count on them.

Bobby:My family have always been #1 throughout my racing days.


5) Is there a famous race car driver you like to compare yourself to? Who and why?

Sadie: I don't compare myself to anyone because I want to be me. I want to make a name for myself and do my own thing. 

Bobby: Alan Kulwicki. He was a very independent racer who worked for what he got. He didn't have much help but he still did what he loved.

6) What is the hardest part about racing while you are so young? Does it affect friendships or your education?

Sadie:Racing at such a young age can be difficult but not because of friendships or education. But things aren't meant to be easy. 

Bobby, How has being in the military affected your racing?


Sadie with her stock car
Bobby:The Military was great for me in many ways. Because of the military, I've been able to achieve most of my dreams and goals in life..including racing dreams.

7) What advice would you give a young kid wanting to be a race car driver?

Sadie: GO FOR IT!! Don't ever let anyone or anything hold you back!

Bobby:Never give up! Always keep digging on and off the track!


8) If you weren't driving a race car, what do you think you would be doing with your life?

Sadie: I'd be playing in summer league basketball.


Bobby: Hunting and Fishing!

9) What is your biggest moment in your racing career?

Sadie: Well, this year pretty much has been a big moment for me. Getting in a stock car has been great!

Bobby:  Watching my daughter turn her first few laps on a racetrack.

10)  Where do you see yourself in 10 years and what will it take to get there?

Sadie:I don't know what will happen...but the dream is to be racing a Sprint Car with the World of Outlaws within 10 years and racing the World of Outlaw World Finals in Charlotte!

Bobby:Probably retired from driving and just working mainly on Sadie's car.

11) How has racing brought you closer together as a family?

Top Sadie's Stock car
Bottom: Bobby's Sprint car
Sadie:Starting this year, my mom will come into the pits with us, as well as my sister. Being at the races together every Friday night really brings us together.

Bobby:We work on the cars together and we all have the same passion for racing.

12) When you finally get a chance to race each other,  who is going to win and would you push the other one out of the way to get the win?

Sadie:I'd say he'd have the win on lock down if he and I were racing against each other. But if I had a chance to make a move for the win, I might give him a love tap just so he knows I am there. Hahaha

Bobby:Sadie would win! She is much smoother and has much better throttle control than I do. But if it came down to it, yes I would push her out of the way. Sorry. Haha

The bond racing brings to families is like none other in the world. Sadie and Bobby are the perfect example of how close it brings two people who already hae a bond. So as father's day drawes near, remember to thank your father, whether it be for the races he took you to or the cars he helped you work on so you could race. Maybe even honor him with some race tickets to a local track.

To learn more please visit Sadie's Facebook page.

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