FORT WORTH — It was his goal as a teenager; now 40, that dream is on the verge of reality for Weatherford businessman Ted Minor.
"To come [to Texas Motor Speedway] and actually get to race... it'd be amazing," he said.
After a decade of practice, Minor finally got the call from Daytona in December that he was officially a licensed NASCAR driver.
"It was a great moment; it was very exciting," he said.
According to NASCAR, Minor is one of just a few dozen drivers debuting in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. It's an entry-level race, but getting there took serious time.
"It’s a very long, demanding process to become a NASCAR driver," Minor told News 8. "I've been working on that for about 10 years, seven days a week."
He was rejected from NASCAR when he applied three years ago. This time around, Minor proved he had the driving skills to join the elite racing group.
His first NASCAR appearance was last month in Virginia; now he plans to race again this summer in St. Louis and Iowa.
His team is based out of Oklahoma and made up of NASCAR fans living their dreams, he said.
Minor started racing on a short track in Kennedale when he was 28.
The next step for him would be the Nationwide Series, and then — ultimately — the Sprint Cup Series.
Minor said he understands it could be some time — if not years — before he has the chance to race at Texas Motor Speedway, the "hometown" track he grew up loving. But he says he’s okay with that.
"If you have a goal, you have to stick to it, even if it takes years," he said. "It takes that personal dedication and sacrifice. You can't give up."
And as fast as he goes around the track, Minor hasn't forgotten to slow down and enjoy the ride.