While most people start to slow things down in their 60s, and get ready for retirement, Marlyn Seidler is still hitting the gas in his modified race car. He’s third in the points race.
It all started when he was 21 years old.
"Oh, I can remember that,” said Seidler.
Seidler bought his first race car in 1974.
"We had gotten our hands on an old street stock car, and we ended up paying $25 for it," said Seidler
It was the start of a very long racing career.
"The very first night that I raced it, I actually lost control of it, and there was light poles in the infield and I ended up sliding into the light pole, totaled the car out, but knocked the lights out. Now, I thought it was just the lights at the race track, but there's guys that still tell the story and say that it was all the lights in southeast Minot. So yeah, that was that, after that stellar experience we decided that we wouldn't mess around with street cars anymore, we would go straight to the late models," said Seidler.
From 1980 until 1988, Seidler would hang his helmet up for a bit to take care of the family on their farm near Underwood. But once he decided it was time to get back on the track, that's when his focus shifted to modifides.
"The late models were dying because they were pricing themselves right out of the gate. Just everything was so high priced, especially motors and stuff, so yeah, that's how we ended up in the modifides deal, and it did fit better because it was a cheaper race car," Seidler explained.
The cheaper option at the time has paid off for the long run.
"It's pretty big to us because it's all I ever learned how to do. We don't fish, we don't camp, we don't do much of anything else. I think this sport, you have to have dedication in order to be successful at it," said Seidler.
And that, is exactly what he has throughout his many years of racing.
"I've said for years that I don't want to be that guy that's doing this and in the way, running in the back. We just think that, so long as we can be competitive and having fun, and we are, as long as I'm competitive, as long as we've got a shot to win stuff, we're going to keep racing. When I don't believe that I can, that I really don't have a chance to win anymore, what I'm doing, I'm probably going to look at something different," Seidler said.
At 65 years old, Seidler has no plans of hanging his helmet back up, anytime soon.
His story has also been told in print. He has been featured in Dirt Modified and Speedway Illustrated.