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Some geared up about race cars

February 13, 2005|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Seth Kearchner peered through the window net of an older model Chevrolet Monte Carlo race car on Saturday before checking out its body.

Kearchner, who drove from Fairfield, Pa., to look at cars in the 2005 Martinsburg Mall Car Show, said he's in the process of building a similar car.

The five cars on display at the mall Saturday afternoon are raced at Hagerstown Speedway.

"I just came to get some ideas," he said.

Kearchner described the white and bright green and orange Monte Carlo that was on display, bearing the number "08" on its sides and driven by Jason Murray, as a street car with a roll cage and various other racing parts.

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"It stands out," he said. "It's got bright colors on it."

Kearchner said he's been working on the car he's building for six months, spending about 15 hours a week on it.

He hopes to race it at Trail-way Speedway in Pennsylvania.

"So far, it's been kind of a relaxing thing to do on the weekend or in the evenings," Kearchner said. "When you get tired of working on it, you just go inside and go to bed."

Pete Leitzke of Martinsburg, who's a fan of several types of automobile racing, also stopped to look at the 08 Monte Carlo.

While he was able to tell which race cars were converted from street cars and which ones were made from scratch, he said he has never built one of his own.

"Oh, gosh, no," he said.

Leitzke said his interest in racing spurred his stop at the mall.

"I heard about it on the radio and figured I better get over here," he said.

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