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Meet Taja
Car Number: 27
Crew Chief: Shannon Salley
Racecar: 79 Camaro Street Stock
Street Car: 2002 Chevy Tahoe
Racing Inspiration: Herself!

Bio This chick has loved racing her whole life! My dad introduced racing to me at a young age. He and I would visit local tracks like Shadybowl, Kil-Kare, Queen City Speedway and Winchester Speedway. Dad was always a spectator, I, however wanted to take it a step further. (As I always do) As a teenager, I tinkered around with my Shelby Daytona, doing things here and there to make it faster. You would of found me at the Kil-Kare Drag Strip back in those days. During the ’02 season I got involved with the #78 BMF Eagle Racing Team. Lynn, Jim (her dad) and Tim (her husband) taught me a lot about circle track set up. I have them to thank for everything I have learned. The ’03 season was the beginning of my circle track venture. I made the decision to start out in the Compact Class. 3 years and 2 cars later, I sold my Compact and bought a Street Stock. “Kitty the Rattle Snake” is a ’79 Chevrolet Camaro. Kitty has been around for a while. Legend has it that Kurt Frazier was the original owner of this beauty. That means I have a lot to live up to. I have a lot more to learn, but I am determined to be successful in this class. My husband, Shannon, has spent 5 months on Kitty the Rattle Snake for me. If I didn’t have him, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this. This is a life long dream I never thought would happen for me.

When I am not racing, I am working at Kaffenbarger Truck Equipment Co. I am the Bailment Manager. What is that you say? I order GM, Dodge and Ford pickup trucks and cab/chassis’s from the factory. We upfit those units with snowplows, platforms, dump bodies, toolboxes, spreaders etc. Dealers call us when they have a customer in need of a work truck. With us having the vehicle already here it cuts down the time the customer has to wait for a new work truck. This type of work keeps in close to the automotive industry, which I love! Visit my work website at www.kaffenbarger.com .

Accomplishments: Mother of 3 wonderful children, I strive to be the best example I can for them. I show them to be themselves, and to not try and act like someone they are not. I want them to be proud of whom they are. That is more important to me than ANYTHING!!!


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