Racing started for me as a young child. I lived in Easthampton, Mass about an hour from Lebanon Valley Speedway. We came down to The Valley pretty often on the weekends because my family fell in love with it. Sooner than later Berkshire county become my home.
My racing experience started as a little girl cheering for my favorite driver Andy Bachetti. My uncle has worked with Andy for many years, and my mother grew up with him. Fast forward about 12 years later and now I sit in the pits every weekend pacing back and forth with horrible anxiety watching Andy and my boyfriend Olden Dwyer race against each other.
I met Olden when I was about 13 or 14 and I couldn’t stop staring at him. We didn’t start dating until I was 16 and now we have been together for almost 4 years. We have two racing pups Sadie May and Hoosier that come with us everywhere. For how young we both are we have accomplished a lot together, and what I love about our relationship is we both push each other to achieve our goals and we accomplish them together.
From becoming a fan to now becoming part of a team and also being the one who is in love with the driver is a pretty big change. I would have never thought that I would be in that position. It means so much to me to be able to be the last one to strap Olden in his car before every race, and boy is it emotional every time. You never know what will happen, and as a family member or spouse you can only hope for the best, not only for Olden and Andy, but when I see any driver come off of turn 4 I always cover my eyes, it’s beyond nerve racking!!
I always try my best to help the boys out as much as I can. I hate getting in their way so I usually get Olden’s gear together and go listen in on the drivers meeting, and get information that Olden needs to know for his races. I am very proud of how far Olden’s boys have come. Having my brother being Olden’s teammate or as I call him his “ shadow” has really helped Olden a lot. Another job is I am the one who does all of Olden’s social media so his fans are always tuned in, and always get to see “ behind the scenes” action.
Being a girlfriend of a race car driver has taught me to always expect the worst but hope for the best. At the end of the day I’m the one who needs to make sure no matter what happens so that Olden is happy. I always remind him after a bad night to not get discouraged because he’s always got another shot at it. Olden and his crew never give up, even when we blow a motor & demolish a race car in the same night. I think that never quit attitude is why I have so much respect for these guys. It definitely puts Olden in a much better mood knowing his guys still have their heads up, because he needs that reassurance not only from me but from his team and family too.
I hope that our racing future is just as big and bright as our present is now! You never know what kind of future you will have in your life but someone has it all planned out! When we have children we want them to carry on this sport and race just like Olden and his father have done, it’s our dream and we will make it come true!