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PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge Hopefuls: A Diverse Group, Pt. 2

From wannabes to contenders, the public and judges have decided the 18 finalists for Round 2 of the PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge. You’ve met the first six contestants; now let’s meet the next six contestants who will compete in PEAK’s 3-day challenge, coached by Clint Bowyer, Danica Patrick, and Michael Waltrip.


Hayden Pedersen

Age: 19

Hometown: Rotorua, NZ

Born in Texas and raised in New Zealand, Hayden has been racing since he could walk. He rode his first mini-bike at age three and began racing them at six. After taking some time off when he was 13 to recuperate from injuries, he took up karting and hasn’t looked back. He has a background in the same V8 cars NASCAR star Marcos Ambrose brought from Tazmania and journeyed to California to race late models.


Justyn Cox

Age: 19

Hometown: Clarksburg, Calif.

Justyn was raised working in the family bicycle shop, the oldest in Sacramento. He began his love affair with cars working on pieces his family had collected over the years. Now, he races sprint cars at dirt tracks throughout the country and is  excited for the chance to compete and win the PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge.


Kenny Martin

Age: 36

Hometown: Lakeside, Calif.

This fulltime math teacher got his start in motorsports at karting tracks and autocross, earning Rookie of the Year honors on top of a Pro Class Autocross championship after graduating college. Kenny finished in the top 3 in voting in the Stock Car Dream challenge last year and was invited to be a driving instructor for the Richard Petty Driving Experience.


Megan Reitenour

Age: 23

Hometown: Miamisburg, Ohio

Racing since the age of five, Megan started her career in racing like many stars before her in the quartermidget ranks. That road led her to the NASCAR Whelen Late Model Series. Over the course of her career, she has won more than 200 features, seven titles, and five rookie-of-the-year honors.


Paul Kusheba

Age: 19

Hometown: Monroe, Conn.

With a background in karting and Legends cars, a title at Waterford Speedway, and a NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series championship under his belt, Paul Kusheba is ready to take the next step. He is currently racing the SK Modified Series at Waterford and earned his berth in this year’s Stock Car Dream Challenge field by earning the iRacing title earlier this month.


Ryan Bennett

Age: 19

Hometown: Crownsville, Md.

Another veteran of the karting world, Ryan is a current student at UNC Charlotte in order to solidify his dreams to become a racer. A national karting champion, he made the move to Charlotte to earn his business degree and continues to test at area karting tracks in order to stay at the top of his game.

The remaining six racers will be profiled in the next week. Follow their journey from wannabee to contender on, and on Twitter and Instagram at @PEAKAuto and watch the PEAK Stock Car Challenge Round 2 TV show airing Aug. 2 on Velocity.

russ komarnicki

May 29, 2014

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