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DENNIS RIDGEWAY


                                              ENTERPRISES




                                                       Story & Photos by Paige Teel
              “Dream as if you’ll live forever,   at the drag strip in Assumption,    traveled mainly in the south
            live as if you’ll die today.” This   IL. After Dennis decided to get      attending the big money bracket
            picture hung blatantly on the wall   out of the hunting industry he       races. When he finished his racing
            and caught my eye as I entered       attended a race in Charleston, IL    career last year, Dennis had raced
            the impressive shop of Dennis        with some local friends.  It was     competitively for over 20 years in
            Ridgeway. I stopped solemnly in my   then when he decided he may want     several different sportsman classes.
            tracks, slowly rereading the quote.   to try drag racing for himself. He   In addition to bracket racing,
            I finally wrapped my mind around     would soon realize the addiction     Dennis competed in Super Comp,
            the unruly concept as I began to     many of us find within ourselves     Stock and Super Stock categories.
            converse with Mr. Ridgeway.          for the love of racing. He decided
                                                 to purchase an altered from a local    While working in the upholstery
              A former big game hunter, he was  racer and within six months he also  industry, Dennis was down south
            exposed to drag racing at an early   purchased a rear engine dragster     racing. A friend had a pro type
            age when he helped out a friend      to feed his racing addiction. Dennis   bulky diaper on his race car and



                                                                                                        Customer sketch for
                                                                                                             custom Diaper





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 “old school”...



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 ®
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