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Dirt Oval Racer John Baker Selected As Finalist In Valvoline's Fast Track To Fame Program
Updated June 20, 2018 8:59 AM
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(FRENCH LICK) - Dirt Oval racer John Baker of French Lick has been selected as a finalist in Valvoline's Fast Track to Fame program for a chance to win $50,000 in cash prizes and sponsorships to pursue his dreams in racing.

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Valvoline -- a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services -- launched its nationwide Fast Track to Fame contest in February to celebrate the grassroots racing community by providing sponsorship opportunities to amateur racers.

Baker has been selected as a top four finalist, and its time for the public to decide who is the most deserving of the grand prize.

Voting is open now through July 3 at

John Baker, also know to his friends at Indiana John, was not born into racing. He races a CJ Rayburn Dirt LateModel.


"I didn't come from money. My family and I have worked hard without sponsors, and without team support and crew chiefs to be successful in dirt track racing," he says. "That intense effort and drive is what I feel will set me apart from the rest. I learned what I know from trial and error. My weakness is my equipment. Driving chassis that other people would throw away, cranking engines that shouldn't last, and doing it all for the love of racing has pushed me to work even harder to reach my goals."

Baker currently is employed as an ASE Technician

Baker won his first race when he was 14.

"Making my personal race number 14 forever. I won my first Limited Latemodel race at age 16," he added. "I have been in Super Latemodel for 3 years collecting a 6th place in overall points and Rookie of the Year my first season at Twin Cities Raceway Park. Following it up with a 2nd Rookie of the Year at Brownstown Speedway.

Baker currently has no sponsors but greatly appreciates the help and support his family provides.

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