Feature Article, Stock Cars, Washington — April 5, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Diana Schaible (Issue 108)

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IT-108 Diana Schaible mini stock ephrata

By Steve Heeb

After watching from the bleachers as friends competed at Ephrata Raceway Park, Diana Schaible decided to give racing a go.

“I’d been watching people I know from the stands,” recalls the 17-year-old from Moses Lake. “I wanted to get a car and try racing.”

In 2011, she began in the track’s Hornets division.

“The first year I was really scared,” Diana laughs. “I discovered the track was harder to drive than it looks from the stands. There’s more banking. I needed to learn my groove.”

Though she had grown up working on cars, she had plenty to learn about other factors in racing.

“Tire pressures have a lot to do with,” she says. “I was running too much pressure back then.”

She experimented with lower pressures and higher grooves.

“My pit boss in the Hornets told me to stay on the gas and run the high wall,” she says. “I win a lot more now. I wish I could have started that way.”

She says Andrew Razey was one of the tougher local Hornets drivers to beat, but she managed a few wins during the following seasons.

“I improved that third season,” she says. “I’ve learned a lot from racing. I have more confidence now.”

During her third season in the ERP Hornets she also added demo events.

“My mom Becky used to race demo,” Diana says. “I also used to help Mike and Jimmy Bise work on their demo cars. Helping them has paid off.”

Diana recalls her first demo event at Moses Lake.

“I was in front almost the whole way,” she says. “I’ve won twice at Othello since then. Demo is easier than the Hornets because you can hit people.

For the 2014 season, Diana moved from Hornets to Ephrata’s Mini Stocks division.

“Going from Hornets to Mini Stocks was a big jump,” she says. “There were 4-5 cars in the Hornets, but now there’s 10-11 Minis on the track at once.”

Ephrata’s Mini Stocks are divided into two groups, A and B, based on speed. Diana’s ’89 Honda hatchback falls in the slower B group, but she has been pushing the stock 1.6-liter Honda motor to keep pace with the faster cars in the A group.

“It’s an adrenaline rush,” she says. “I think: ‘Man, I should beat them.’ ”

She credits J&K Recycling, Mike Bauer, Rell’s fire and Jenkins Auto Barn for their help keeping her racing efforts going.

Family support also comes from mom Becky and grandmother Sharon.

As Diana wraps up her first season in her wildly colored Mini Stock she already has plans for the future.

“I want to do sprints,” she smiles. “It’s a faster car.”

Regardless of division, she adheres to racing advice she picked up along the way.

“Never give up – it takes a lot of practice,” she says of gaining experience in various types of racing. “I try and just go for it.”

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