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Published July 05 2011

Tammen's success at Red River Valley Speedway finds the fast track

WEST FARGO – In truth, the auto racing season has been a microcosm of Cory Tammen’s life this year.

Everything has been really, really good.

The 25-year-old Tammen is no stranger to success, having around 100 career wins. But he’s having a dynamic season at the Red River Valley Speedway.

“Being from west-central Minnesota, I usually drove back there,” Tammen said. “But I live around here now, so I figured I spend more time here.”

So far, it has been a move that’s paid off for Tammen. He’s won four times in the Super Stocks this season, the most of any driver at the speedway in that category.

Tammen has a total of seven wins this year.

“We’ve raced plenty of shows here in the last eight years,” Tammen said. “The car’s working good, motor’s working good and when things are good you have to keep the ball rolling.”

The Clara City, Minn., native, in a sense, has kept the ball rolling. Winning races isn’t the only thing that’s made this a great year for Tammen.

He married his high school sweetheart, Cassie, five months ago.

“We were set up on a blind date,” said Cassie Tammen, who started dating Corey when they were 16. “I hadn’t heard of him at the time when we started dating.”

Obviously, plenty of things have changed since then.

Corey Tammen grew up around racing his whole life. His father, Steve, was also a well-known driver in the area’s racing scene.

Tammen got active early when he started off with go-karts before progressing into stock cars.

“This has been something I’ve been doing my whole life,” Tammen said. “It’s what we do during the summer. Really, it’s the only thing we do during the summer.”

Selling Cassie on coming out to the races wasn’t that much of a chore considering she was already a racing fan.

So then it turned into the typical love story so many racers and their girlfriends get into.

Boy meets girl. Boy asks out girl. Boy then asks girl if she wants to be a crew member.

That’s just the way racing is. For a lot of area racers, the pit crew consists of girlfriends/wives, parents, brothers, sisters, cousins and best friends.

“Being the wife of a race car driver means there’s a lot of driving around,” she said. “But we do find time to do things like date night.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548.

Clark’s Force blog can be found at slightlychilled.areavoices.com