To summarize from 2007 to 2010 from an on track perspective, I raced on a regional level with NASCAR then onto the ARCA Series until the economy changed and affected my sponsors to where they had to pull the funding unexpectedly. I grew up in a lifestyle of honesty and unity, everyone looked out for each other and people's word meant something. Well no rules apply in the world of professional racing, especially when you have an opportunity that everyone else wants.
After reaching the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series level in 2011 and loosing funding due to the economy, I focused my attention on being the best mother I could be for my two little girls, who are now three and almost two. Unfortunately their father and I didn't work out as husband and wife and recently went through a divorce. It was another loss in my life that completely brought me down to the lowest of lows.
I remember the day I fell to my knees and cried and threw my hands up and begged God to tell me why I have to keep going through heartache. I remember sobbing asking why he took away racing and why he took away my love and happiness, and why was I not moving forward in life. The battles that kept coming my way were breaking down the person the world got to see when I was a race car driver.
The only time I felt like I was doing something right was when I had my kids with me.
Becoming a mother taught me a lot about my own life and who I truly was a person outside the racing spotlight. My daughters teach me every day about the importance of family and being an inspiration to others. I see myself in my kids and it makes me believe in who I am and that my fight for my dream isn't over. There are days where I still struggle with how things ended so fast with my racing career and it takes a toll on my inner strength and emotions. Little things like my daughters putting on my racing helmets and running around the house saying "I'm mommy, vroom vroom", make me realize I have unfinished business to take car behind the wheel.
Racing was more than going around in circles and beating the boys, it was my self's purpose to help others. I always believed God gave me the talent of driving to put me on the stage the allowed me to use my gift, my gift of being a person to turn to, a person you could trust, a person to push you, a person to encourage you to never give up, a person that was your friend when you felt like you had none. My proudest moments of being semi "famous" came when I was sharing laughs, tears, and hugs with all the people I met along the way. My fans turned into family.
I now have seen God's plan for me and why I went through all of that. Still to this moment I struggle to pay my bills and keep food on the table for my children, because being a full time working single mother of two kids is harder than anything I've ever done in my life. I think as a young lady I was speaking to my peers about drug abuse and finding a career and relating to who I needed to at the time, but now as a woman I needed to feel and experience things that the people around the world face every. I needed to learn the hard way about appreciate everything you have and don't. It's one thing to say you're dedicated and another to be it. If you're a fighter, prove it, don't let situations beat you.
If you put me in a race car right now, the fire you would see in my eyes is 100 times stronger than ever before. I want to push myself and be an example to everyone across the globe that life is hard, real hard, and when your dreams are stolen by real life circumstances that knock you down to the bottom, you get your butt off the ground and knock the dirt off your knees, wipe your brow, throw your hair in a ponytail, roll your sleeves up, throw on some lip stick, give it a big ole kiss and swing hard! The fight is never over and the battles are never done. This is life and we have to push one another and never lose sight of who you are.
I am a Mommy and I AM A RACE CAR DRIVER!!!! Please help me get back in the seat so I can ROAR, so I can SHOUT, so I can FIGHT for all of us on the roller coaster of life. I am more than ready to be the person that uses my talent to help encourage and empower others...and that truly is why I want to race again..(of course beating the boys and making them cry is a big motivator too!)
- Candace Muzny
- Peter Greene
- lindsay hill
- gene oxford
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