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WEST VALLEY CITY -- Joe Gibbs gained his fame as the Super Bowl-winning coach for the Washington Redskins. Now, he owns the Joe Gibbs racing team on the NASCAR circuit. He also owns an oil company for race cars called Driven Oil.
Gibbs' racing and oil company is located outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. The company sponsors a national championship for local drivers, like those at Rocky Mountain Raceway. Over the summer, the local racers compete against other small tracks from around the country. The winner will get to go to the Joe Gibbs racing facility in Charlotte and get a test drive to see if he/she is good enough to race with the big boys.
"They have a measuring system, just like a batting average in baseball, to where all their races, their finishes, where they start in the race is all measured, and it'll give them a batting average," said Doug Binstock, General Manager of Rocky Mountain Raceway.
These three local drivers at Rocky Mountain Raceway are all in the top 13 in the nation with only two weeks of competition remaining.
"Growing up around this sport, every one of us wants to go to that to play with the big boys," Jason Aposhian said. "If we could get an opportunity to do something like that, it would really be cool."
Aposhian is currently ranked 11th in the national standings.
"I can believe in my own mind I'd do okay, but it'd be all in their minds what I could do," said 13th-ranked Mark Ith.
Bryan Wordelman currently leads the nation in the Joe Gibbs Driven Oil nation title chase. If he can hang on over the next two weeks, he will get his shot to show what he's got in front of the Joe Gibbs racing team in Charlotte, North Carolina.
"I'd like to think I could do okay, I'd like to think I'd do good," Wordelman said. "I'd like to find out."
"I've got some guys that are really capable of winning this, and if they got that shot, I really believe that they would turn some heads," Binstock said.
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