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Looking Back – There’s Something About That Smile

Looking Back – There’s Something About That Smile
By: Debbie Knebel

Only a few months have elapsed since Brian Shultz’s tragic accident in Florida. The shock and disbelief of his sudden passing have slowly diminished from our minds. However, for his wife, Amy; his children, Alexis, Ryen and Riley; mother, Meredith; and his sister, Kim; everyday there are reminders of his departure. With no insurance, Brian’s family faces not only continuing without his love, devotion and support but also without funds to provide for the children’s future.

We, as their drag race family, share a responsibility to do our part. Many of you have already done so in various ways, whether it was financially or simply a shoulder or hand of support. Prostar has again answered the call to assist one of our own with an auction in Indy to benefit Brian’s family. I encourage each of you to attend and to either provide items or services to auction or to bid with your hearts and pocketbooks. Get inventive – use your imagination! I don’t have motorcycle parts or services to offer, but I will be bringing a couple of homemade cakes – everyone has to eat and who doesn’t like a cake? We’re also trying to put together a dinner for two to be prepared by our team and served at your trailer! Surely, your team can think of some way that you can contribute something of value. Give Prostar a call.

Last year in Indy, Brian won Top Gas. That same weekend was one that I’ll remember for a lifetime when I won in Street ET. We were all happy and Pat took this snapshot in the winner’s circle. It’s one of my favorites as it truly captures the Brian we all knew and loved – always, ALWAYS smiling! I never saw Brian angry or scowling….just smiling. Brian’s enthusiasm for our sport was infectious. He loved drag racing! His skills at riding were starting to shine and he was beginning to show that his abilities and knowledge were to be feared on the track. We’ll never know what potential Brian could have achieved. I feel certain that he would have been honored at a banquet with a championship. One thing was certain; Brian would have been grinning ear to ear regardless of his standings. There’s something about that smile…we miss you Brian…..

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