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by Dana Kuyawa
Well... I guess you all can say long
time no columns. 2016 was a rollercoaster of a year. Let’s start off
with the beginning of the racing season.
Obviously it was the Payless Little 500 68th annual race and it was
a thriller. Congratulations to Mr. Kody Swanson for winning this
race! Definitely was an amazing day.
Then dad and I went to our local track here in Wisconsin, Wilmot
Raceway, and must I say it was a wonderful season there with the
Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car Series, the Arctic Cat All Star
series, and of course the Craftsman World of Outlaws too.
Dad and I went to Manitowoc Raceway, went to La Salle Raceway and
those were great races too. Honestly, 2016 was the best racing
season ever with him.
I graduated in 2016 so yay me! Of course, I got the most amazing
graduation present a racing fan/racing writer ever. Dad and I went
to the 2016 Knoxville Nationals and must I say... That was one of
the races I will always remember. Congratulations to Jason Johnson
and the rest of the 41 team for their outstanding win!
Now we go from the happy season of racing to the sad season... We
lost Bryan Clauson in 2016 and my dad always said “he’s like
superman, goes into the telephone booth and changes into this super
hero of a race car driver.” So Rest in Peace BC we will always miss
Now this is definitely going to be the hardest part of my article.
On October 6th of 2016 God wanted another person at the track in
Heaven. Unfortunately, it was my dad, Paul Kuyawa, died peacefully
in his sleep. I know everyone loved his articles I know I surely
did. Dad was a great man and loved racing with all of his heart. Dad
started to love racing when he was 5 years old when my grandpa took
him to Waukegan Raceway. Once you catch the smell of the methanol
fuel burning, you get racing fever. Dad took me to the races and I
loved it, I still do. But I lost my racing partner so, it’s not the
same without you dad. I know you’re not in pain anymore. You’re at
the track in Heaven with all the drivers and with your dad. Thank
you for being my best friend, racing partner, and most of all thank
you for being my dad.
Again everyone I am sorry for not writing for such a long time, the
radio show was cancelled, my dad did it better than me. But I want
to thank everyone for being supportive through the rough time of
losing my dad. I’m glad I have a racing family and I’m proud to be a
part of it.
From myself, my mom (Nancy), my sister (Nicole), my brother-in-law
(Richard), my nephews (Dawson, Tristen, Payton, and Landon), and my
nieces (Adryanna, and Aubree) we greatly appreciate your love and
support. Thank you everyone for coming to the funeral and to the
others for the flowers and the cards and so much more we greatly
My dad is a hero he saved 50-75 lives for being an organ donor. Now
everyone please think about it when you pass along you could save a
life like Bryan Clauson and be a hero to a family in need. You can
register at registerme.org/campaign/bryanclauson and help others.
Again, thanks for the memories daddy, I will always miss you. I will
be spreading some of your ashes at the 2017 Little 500 this year I
promise. I’m honored to be called your daughter.
Till next time,
See y’all at the races
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