Glenn Evans of Texas’s Longview News-Journal profiled Richard Lively of the Lone Star Mower Racing Association:

The races themselves are his passion. A former go-cart competitor, Lively drifted into the lawnmower lane about 10 years ago.

Also a pit crew member at monster truck rallies, he saw two passions crash into one sport.

“We race throughout the year and do the car show, the AutoRama,” he said. “It’s the biggest show in Dallas.”

Lively, 49, is a member of the Lone Star Mower Racing Association, a roughly 30-member posse where his nickname is “Ricky Bobby,” after Will Ferrell’s win-obsessed character in the 2006 comedy “Talladega Nights.”

“We call it the poor man’s NASCAR,” Lively said of the sport he steered toward a state championship in 2009, his sixth.

And in true “Everything is bigger in Texas” form, Richard has some monster mowers to show off as well… check out the photos from!


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