Local Driver Overcomes the Odds to Get Back on Top

Local Driver Overcomes the Odds to Get Back on Top

Altoona native overcomes drugs and alcohol addiction to get back into winner circle.
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"My life has changed...so for the fact that I'm racing today...15 years later feels a miracle. If it wasn't for God, my faith in God and the people that are in my life. I wouldn't be doing what I am today."

MEET RYAN CLAYCOMB - THE 36 YEAR OLD ALTOONA NATIVE GRATEFUL, THANKFUL, AND HUMBLED TO BE WHERE HE'S AT TODAY. TAKING A 2 RACE WIN STREAK INTO LAST WEEK'S ACTION - BACK IN HIS SIGNATURE # 7 CAR, ON THE DIRT TRACK HE'S CALLED HOME HIS ENTIRE RACING CAREER.

THE STORY IS A GOOD ONE IN ITSELF, HOWEVER IT'S AMAZING WHEN YOU CONSIDER RYAN'S DANGEROUS LIFESTYLE JUST A 8 YEARS AGO.

"It was always a dream of mine to be on the track. I lost that dream whenever I got into drugs and alcohol. I never thought that would become a reality...but just the fact that I'm on the track, just the fact that I'm out there racing. That's a testament right there."

RYAN WAS HEAVILY ADDICTED TO OPIATES AND ALCOHOL. TELLING ME HE ABUSED EVERYDAY OF HIS TEENAGE LIFE - EVEN LOSING A GOOD FRIEND TO AN OVERDOSE DEATH.

"It was that moment. It was the darkest day of my life and that's when I said something has got to change. That's when I submitted myself to get help."

AND THAT'S ALSO WHEN RYAN RE-ENERGIZED HIS LOVE FOR RACING - HOWEVER AS HE GOT BACK UP, HE WAS JUST AS QUICKLY KNOCKED RIGHT BACK DOWN AGAIN.

" we went after the people at Dog Hollow in Strongstown. I've been racing at this track for most of my racing career and when it closed down last year I felt like I lost my home."

ANOTHER MOMENT IN RYAN'S LIFE WHERE HE COULD HAVE RESORTED BACK TO HIS OLD WAYS - BUT HE DIDN'T. INSTEAD, WITH SOME HELP FROM A FRIEND AND TIRELESS WORK ON HIS OWN END DOG HOLLOW SPEEDWAY RE-OPENED IN APRIL.

"there's time's I've almost come to tears just to get out on that track ... to think about where I've come from it's something. In my opinion I shouldn't be alive right now. There's a lot of people who have been overcome by drugs and alcohol. So just the fact that I get out there and the fact that I had a small part in getting a local track open again. I'm grateful for that. Those are the types of things that get me going everyday."

DOG HOLLOW SPEEDWAY - RACING EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT!

 - Pure Stocks, Late Models, Four Cylinders

 - Pit Gates Open at 5:30 PM - Grandstands Open at 6 PM

 - General Admission: $12, Seniors 60 & Older: $10, Students: $8,

   Youth: $6, and Kids 6 & under: Free




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