IS PERRIS RACER JEFF DYER UP TOO DURING
(Perris, CA, May 1, 2020)
Round #3 of interviews with Perris Auto
Speedway racers about what they are doing
during the coronavirus is on USAC/CRA
Sprint Car driver Jeff Dyer. In addition
to racing in USAC/CRA, Dyer has picked up
a 360 to race in the USAC West Coast and
VRA Series’ as well as racing with the
California Lightning Sprint Cars. However,
all those big plans are currently on hold
and in fact, he has not raced since last
November. Here is what he has been up to.
A lot of people are off work right now,
but for those who do not know, you are a
California Highway Patrol officer, so it
has been work as usual.
That is correct. Work as usual. Nothing
has really changed in that aspect of life.
Is it true that with the freeways being so
vacant some people are really trying to
take advantage and pretend they are
Yeah, definitely. I work the nighttime, so
there are not many people out at night,
but usually the people we are getting are
well over 100 miles per hour. We are
trying to be careful about who we contact.
But there are some things we cannot let
go, and that is one of them. We cannot
look the other way for people that are
just acting dumb.
How is the coronavirus affecting you away
Out of work, my hobbies are racing. That
(racing) is pretty much what we do as a
family. It (coronavirus) has pretty much
stopped all our weekend activities. It
stopped that and even simple things like
going to home depot to get something to
work on the house. All in all, it seems
like everything is an inconvenience or
What are you doing to occupy the extra
have been doing a lot of yard work. I did
a lot of upgrades to my racing trailer. I
added some tire mounts, shock mounts and a
new toolbox. Stuff like that. I have
watched a lot of Netflix movies and got
stuck on that stupid “Tiger King” show
like everybody else.
Man, do not tell me you watched that?
wished I had not watched it, but it was
actually kind of funny in the long run.
Work keeps me pretty occupied right now as
well. At least it gets me out of the
You had an ambitious season planned. You
were going to drive for Cal Smith in the
USAC/CRA Series and your own car in the
California Lightning Sprint Car Series. In
addition, you picked up a chassis out of
Arizona and a 360-sprint car to run in VRA
and the USAC West Coast Series.
Yeah, we had real big plans to race all
the time. I also bought my son (Seth) a
racecar. I was pretty much going to be
busy until the end of the year, but we
have not been able to do anything. We were
not able to go to Arizona (for the
USAC/CRA opener) due to schedule conflicts
for me and Cal. So, I have not raced this
year. I did one practice day at Ventura.
When we do finally get back to racing, do
you plan on keeping the same ambitious
Yes, we still plan on doing everything we
had planned on whenever they open it up.
My 360 will be done soon. I have all of
the part and just have to put it all
together. I am trying to put on a race in
Arizona for the Lightning Sprints on
Memorial Day weekend. I have hopes that
they might open up (the state) before
Adobe Mountain Speedway which is in
Glendale, Arizona. It is a 1/5 of a mile
mini sprint track. I think they have only
been open a couple of years. They just did
a bunch of upgrades.
You mentioned that you bought your son
Seth a racecar. Tell us about that.
He has been helping me out quite a bit and
he has really shown a lot of interest. I
went and talked to John Aden (the promoter
of Wheel2Wheel Raceway in Victorville,
California) and he had a really good used
Speedway Sprint for sale. It was a really
good price that I could not pass up. I
talked to the boss of the house and she
gave the okay and I bought it for him for
his birthday. He was super happy about
that. We have not been to a racetrack to
run it, but he has run it in a couple dirt
parking lots. With no suspension in those
cars it kinda’ beat the crap out of him
which is kind of funny. He did not hit
anything. I was actually surprised how
fast he picked it up and stepped on the
gas because he has never driven anything.
It is going to be fun watching him.
and sprint car racer Jeff Dyer and his son
Seth at Perris Auto Speedway in 2019. Doug
You just mentioned the boss of the house,
your wife Christina. She is also your
owner on your 360 car. How cool is that?
Yes, she does own it. I keep telling her
that when I buy all the parts and have to
spend my own money. I remind her that she
is the owner and needs to get her own
checkbook out. That hasn’t worked yet,
You received a chassis from former
USAC/CRA car owner John Springstead. You
are combining that with Cal’s ex-Rip
Williams engine, right?
Yeah, it is going to be his engine and my
chassis. He will still be the car owner.
Trying to upgrade things a little bit to
help us get up to the front faster.
You are an animal lover. Update us on the
pet situation at your house. It must help
pass time during the coronavirus crisis.
Well, I had a pig, but we ended up getting
rid of the pig.
Hold on. We will come back to the pig in a
We have three Pugs, and an English
Spaniel. I always wanted a German Shepard.
So, my wife decided to get me a German
Shepard puppy for my birthday. So now we
have five dogs. It is a handful, but we
have a big yard and they all get along.
A couple of months ago when you first got
the German Shepard, you said she was kind
of standoffish. Has she gotten any better?
She is still kind of a by herself dog. She
likes us sometimes, but she is kind of a
loner. She likes the other dogs and likes
to play with them, but she does not like
to sit on your lap and sit and let you pet
her. She only does those on her terms. She
is kind of like a big cat.
Sounds like she is less maintenance if she
acts like a cat.
No, I wish. It is all the same maintenance
as a dog.
Back to the pig. You got a cute little
piglet last year. Did not stay that way
for long, did it?
One day I was getting ready to go to work,
and we had not had dinner yet. I told
Christina I was hungry. So, she gets her
purse and tells me she was going to get me
some food. Fast forward to when it was
almost time to leave for work and she is
still not home, and I am still hungry. She
comes running in the house and says, “Hey,
I have got to show you something.” The
whole time I am thinking she had better
have brought me some damn food, but I walk
out there, and she has this little piglet
in a cage. Her grand idea was that we were
going to slaughter this pig and eat it.
Well, I am an animal lover. Not going to
happen when you sit there and pet it, play
with it, feed it, it follows you around
and comes when you call it by name (she
was named Carnitas). I ended up liking it,
but the damn thing got close to 400
pounds. It kept escaping my yard and the
city was getting mad at me. It was down to
slaughtering it or finding a rescue. A
friend found a rescue for it. The pig is
now hanging out on a farm.
Back to racing. When do you think you will
get back on the track?
Hopefully, we can get this race together
for Memorial Weekend. That would be the
first time. It all depends on when we are
allowed to go racing at this point.
Let us not forget those sponsors.
Cal Smith, John Springstead (JSR Racing),
T Shirts By Timeless, Safehouse, the
Amsoil Oil Twins, Haircuts by Susie and
Wait a minute. Haircuts by Susie? You do
not have a hair on your head!
That is my mom. She throws in a little
cash every now and then. Even when I had
hair on my head, I never let her cut my
hair. I never let her cut any girlfriend
or wife’s hair that I had either. I didn’t
want her to screw up and I get the blame
for it. Only kidding!
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