Teen Boys Turn a Need For Speed into a Profit

According to an article about the high cost of insurance for teen boys by Alice Holbrook for Nerd Wallet, insurance companies charge guys more because statistics show they are at a much higher risk for unsafe driving. “Men aren’t just more likely to die in car crashes than women — they’re more than twice as likely, according to data spanning 1975 to 2013, published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an industry group. Men are also more likely to be in deadly crashes involving speeding or alcohol, though gender differences diminish with age.”

But there are some safer ways for teen boys to get the thrill of driving fast without adding to the dangers of the road. Whether it being building fast custom four wheelers, racing cars at a track or racing dirt bikes, some are even making money fueling their need for speed.

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Devin Curit ’17

Senior Devin Curit can’t even remember when he started racing because he’s been around it his whole life. “When I win a race, I get $250 and I made over $1000 in racing this year.”

His whole family is involved in racing and they have spent countless hours at Beech Ridge and other tracks.  “As a kid, I just wanted to get behind the wheel and try it for once,” said Curit who first got behind the wheel at age 12 in a race at Saco Pathfinders. He was driving a go kart. “After that first time I was hooked. Now I never wanna stop.”

Curit has been racing now for 5 years.

“I race because I  love going fast and racing gives you thrill like no other,” said Curit who spends countless hours at the track each week throughout the summer. He finished his last race in September. “My schedule has not affected my senior year I’m all done racing for the year I’m very excited to get 2017 started. This year I won the championship at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.”

When I’m in the middle of a race, I’m always thinking of the next move I’m gunna make and when I’m out there I try and stay calm and keep the feeling until after the race.”

He said his whole family loves racing. “I have a 9 year old brother that races go karts and I’m right by his side coaching him to every victory. I helped my little brother get his goal this year and he won 2 championships this year and got 14 wins,” said Curit proudly.

“I really wanna go to NC and go to the nascar college and race forever but I’m not positive on that yet.”

“Going fast gives me an adrenaline rush. Probably the fastest I’ve ever gone is 110-120 across the frozen lake on a sled. I just pinned her and hoped I didn’t hit a bump… I look for that adrenaline rush, otherwise life would be boring. You gotta get your blood flowing,” said senior AJ Mitchell who has also turned his need for speed into a hobby and job.

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AJ Mitchell ’17

Mitchell started working for XS power sports in Waterboro during the fall of his junior year where he works on all types of power sports equipment including boats, snowmobiles, and 4 wheelers.  The owner Mike Abbot also builds custom drag 4 wheelers and races them in 300 feet sand drags in the summer.

“I raced all summer on a stock 4 wheeler but am building one this year that is a custom machine, with a snowmobile motor and a Yamaha warrior platform frame. I am building it at work so my boss is helping me out with the welding and building. I did welding at Voc last year so I have some experience.”

This summer Mitchell went up to Ossipee fairgrounds and won a race in his Chevy truck on Saturday night and another with his Can-Am four wheeler that same weekend on Sunday. He walked away with $200 cash earnings for the races.

The racing season starts up again come spring in Cornish at the sand track and Mitchell will be ready to race by then in his one of kind 4 wheeler. He is hoping to win lots of races in the new year.

Sophomore Jake Varney was three years old when he first saw freestyle motocross while watching TV. “I was hooked then.  I told my dad I wanted a dirt bike. That christmas I got my first bike, it was a Honda xr70.” Varney first started riding around his house and in fields when he was five years old.  

“A year later I  got my first race bike, it was a Ktm 50.” He had his first race in the fall of 2007 and has been a serious competitor ever since.

As a kid, Varney only raced locally in Maine now his racing is taking him places well beyond his home state.  

“It’s been around 9 years now that I’ve been racing and I love it. I race all over New England from just racing locally in Maine, to going to New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. I have raced in North Carolina and practiced in Florida a few times during the winter competing in the amateur class.”

“In the middle of a race for me, I’m concentrating. Everything is going through my mind. For example, I hope I tightened that bolt,  or put gas in my bike. While all that is going on, I could be leading a race while someone is pushing my back tire and I’m giving it 110 percent,” said Varney.

“One mistake could make or break the race and I could be down on the track with a broken bone. My heart rate goes up to 180 -190 bpm and it gets very intense racing in 90 degree heat for 20 minutes on a track with giant bumps and huge 100 ft jumps I need to hit perfectly. All of that plays into my head. Every racer can relate to this.”

Varney’s race season starts in April, and his entire life revolves around racing and preparing for races until September when the racing season comes to an end.

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Jake Varney ’19

“After a long race weekend Sunday night we get home, park the camper and trailer in the driveway. Monday is pretty lazy, a down day for me. Tuesday through Friday is work. From cleaning the camper, organizing the trailer, washing bikes, maintaining the race bike, washing gear. Another thing, we try to get in at least 1 day of practice during the week at my local track. On top of that I have to eat right to stay in shape. Very busy, and my dad has a full-time job working from 7 – 3 Monday – Friday. We do this every week from April to September with a few weeks off in between. A lot goes in.”

“I race because I love the excitement that goes in. Lining up against your best friends or even your enemies. Races vary in sizes from as little at 15 to 40 bikes on a line all funneling into one corner, smashing elbows and banging bars is an exciting feeling. I love the sport just for the people around it. I’ve met so many people because of this community and it’s all one big family that have the same love for the sport.”

Varney’s family plays a big role in his racing career, but he’s the only one who races. “My mom and dad and sisters support me 100%. It’s so expensive, and I’m so grateful I get to do it and hopefully some day it pays off and I get my pro license,” said Varney. “But it’s a huge team effort that goes in. My school friends are always there during the week to work on bikes and my prep during the week.”

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