75°F
weather icon Mostly Cloudy

Dwarf driver, a humble motorhead

Brett Gamble loves racing and is the current Pahrump Valley Speedway Dwarf Class champion. He has held that title for the last three years.

But if you ask him, he is the last person on this planet that would call himself a motorhead and yet he spends 40-50 hours a week at his job working on other people’s cars and then comes home to work on his race car. Gamble is a diesel auto mechanic for Dodge and just loves tinkering with cars.

“I guess I am a motorhead,” he said laughing. “I do fiddle with cars a lot. I grew up around cars and my whole family was into fixing cars. So I guess cars are in my blood.”

He then added that not only did his family work on cars, his dad and father-in-law also raced cars.

“My father drag raced and then when I married my wife, her father Don Bunnell raced as well,” Gamble said.

He said his father-in-law was partly responsible for getting him on the track.

“I remember I was watching the Modifieds race in Pahrump and I said to myself I got to do that,” the racer said. “So I bought a Mini Stock racer for $300 and raced that for six months.”

Gamble said the car eventually broke down.

“I eventually got into the Dwarf class also because of Bunnell,” he said. “He was into that class and owned a Dwarf. So when my car broke down, I just asked him if I could race his and he said yes. Don eventually stopped racing and now I race his car.”

When asked how serious he is about racing, he replied, “I am serious, but I just do this for fun,” he said. “This is where I want to be and it’s a hobby of mine.”

He was then asked what his secret was to winning the Dwarf Championship.

“I win because I show up for every race,” Gamble said laughing.”I enjoy going to all the races.”

-Contact sports editor Vern Hee at vhee@pvtimes.com

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Pahrump Valley football slate features one nonleague foe

An eight-game league schedule and only one nonleague game mark the most obvious changes from last year on the Pahrump Valley High School football team’s 2020 schedule.

NIAA finalizes winter sports alignment

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association has completed the realignment process for winter sports, and Pahrump Valley High School basketball teams will have a new lineup of league foes next winter.

Tom Rysinski: #BeALight evening an idea worth repeating

Today is May 1, best known by some of us for those parades in Moscow’s Red Square honoring “International Workers’ Day” during the Communist era.

NDOC outlines measures taken to mitigate outbreak

The Nevada Department of Corrections held town halls in mid-April to keep inmates and staff up to date on what NDOC is doing to handle the COVID-19 outbreak, according to information on its Twitter page.

Pahrump’s Maloy signs on with new women’s pro football league

The Women’s Football League Association has a lot going for it, at least on paper. It has a CEO with a business background. It has at least one celebrity owner. It held a combine last fall in Las Vegas. It has a Facebook page and a schedule of exhibition games.

Tom Rysinski: Plan to play this spring unrealistic, but still welcome

You might have read a story in Wednesday’s paper outlining contingency plans being developed by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association to utilize if schools reopen after Gov. Steve Sisolak’s most recent Stay at Home order expires April 30.