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Going fast for the fun of it

Hooked on speed for more than a decade and a half, a father-and-son team has been preparing for their next challenge this weekend: a divisional race on the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) circuit.

Jeff Moser and his father Wayne Moser are the owners of MoBoyz Racing and have raced everything from snowmobiles to dragsters against the best in Canada and the United States.

“My dad started racing around 16 years ago; he actually started a year before I did. We started racing snowmobiles on the asphalt, on the drag strip,” Jeff Moser explained.

Wayne Moser (left) and son Jeff of MoBoyz Racing showcasing their dragster at Stemmler Meats and Cheese in Heidelberg last Saturday. [elena maystruk / the observer]
Replacing the back tread of the snowmobile with a slick track and substituting the front skis with wheels, Jeff quickly progressed in the sport while his father took a step back from racing to take care of a growing family business, choosing to instead support his son’s accomplishments.

“It is great to have my parents on the team as my father always wanted to race and my mother is great support and spends countless hours prepping meals for the crew,” said Moser, who became a modified street champion in 2002. In his racing career Moser has also gone to the world bracket finals four times in Norwalk, Ohio.

Over Labour Day weekend the father-and-son duo raced their dragster with Jeff at the wheel in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series out of the Grand Bend Motorplex, placing third overall in the season. They went on to the finals that Sunday after Saturday’s race.

Moser of Waterloo and his team— including his father, a resident of Bamberg, and crew chief Jake Moore of Elmira— have created a successful pastime, expanding their reputation and roster of sponsors.

“I progressed racing snowmobiles for three years and from there moved into a Dodge Dakota pickup with a supercharger on it and competed in the modified street class. I did that for about five years,” Moser explained.

But as his experience grew Moser’s eye began to wander and he set his sights on a dragster. He and his father purchased their first dragster from a fellow racer in Grand Bend.

“Typically a dragster costs anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000,” Moser explained. Now, the racing family has a new investment. Last weekend at Stemmler’s Meats and Cheese in Heidelberg, Moser and his father showed off a black and green 2011 Phantom Race Cars dragster they have been using for races this past summer with a best run of 6.6 seconds at 204 miles per hour.

After finishing the Quick 32 at the start of the month, the dragster will take Moser to Jeg’s Northern Sports National, a divisional race for Canada and United States.

“It gives us divisional points to race at national events,” Moser said in an interview last weekend. “We’ll be racing with some of the best in the U.S.”

Thought the costly sport is not often taken on to make profit, Moser says in his family, racing is a labour of love.

 

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