Racing is in Gallegos' blood

(10-20-2010)

Article by Lace King

Dirt track racing is an adrenaline-filled bonding experience for sophomore Christina Gallegos and her father, Robert Gallegos, Delta, Colo. Both Gallegos and her father race cars. Because of her father's involvement in the sport, Gallegos says she has been around racing since she was born.

Gallegos' father first introduced her to racing when she was twelve, offering her the opportunity to drive go-carts under the condition that if she drove them successfully for two years, he would let her start racing stock cars when she was fourteen. Gallegos accepted her father's offer, and she still thanks him today for supporting her in every way possible. After each race, she says, her father takes her aside and gives her pointers on how she can improve her racing time, continually pushing her to succeed.

"I enjoy everything about racing. There is nothing not to like," she said. Gallegos raced the last seven years, with racing season lasting from mid-April to mid-October. She has received several honors and awards throughout her racing career. In 2007, Gallegos won the Track Points Championship, and this year she won Rookie of the Year. Now, she even races her father on occasion.

Currently undecided about her plans after graduation, Gallegos is studying business, with a minor in music. She plays the saxophone for the Marching Band and Jazz Band, and she plays the oboe in the Concert Band. "I chose Adams State because of the small campus. Delta is a small town so I'm a small town girl. I enjoy being a name instead of a number like the bigger colleges."