BELGRADE – Skiing is an adrenalin junkie’s dream. But what do they do when the snow melts? Race stock cars.
“It’s been awesome. I’m still learning a lot every night,” said Parker White. “It’s really cool.”
White’s day job during the winter is skiing across the country for various sponsors, but for the first time this summer he’s decided to trade in the slopes for the track and give racing a try at the Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade, thanks to some help from his brother who moved to Belgrade about 10 years ago.
“I was traveling and I got a call from him and he said, ‘I bought you a car,'” said White. “And I said, ‘Ok, sweet. Let’s do it.'”
“It’s such a special thing to be able to race on a track with 25 other cars, and I know my brother is a total adrenaline junkie, so I knew he was going to love it, too,” Parker’s brother Vasa said. “I was going to help him build my old car, but I was able to find that one at a pawn shop, so we just picked that one up super cheap and let him run. ”
And though ‘running’ sometimes is harder that it sounds, the skier is hooked.
“Sitting in line and all the other motors fire up and you just kind of start to feel it in your chest, a little anxious, almost, ‘Oh, here we go,'” Parker said. “Then getting on the track and come around the line right at the start when everybody punches it and the whole track just roars up and comes alive and you’re racing — that feeling is really cool.”
So for transcending sports from the snow-capped mountains to the dirt track, we’re awarding Parker a plaque from Bozeman Trophy as KBZK’s outstanding athlete of the week, even though he still has a long road ahead of him.
“I’ve been doing really bad so far, but hopefully that will change,” Parker laughed.