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The man who inspired me

by Dan DeMarco 2009

The photo album below is from the personal files of Coach DeMarco and are NOT to be copied or reproduced.  These photos are NOT for sale.

"My idol and hero when I was growing up was Al Tasnady. He was voted by the EMPA (Eastern Motorsports Press Association) as one of the the 3 greatest Modified Stock Car dirt track racers ever. I  attribute most of my success as a coach to him. 

  He was not only my favorite race driver EVER, He was a BEST FRIEND, SECOND FATHER, and my INSPIRATION. He was originally from Vineland ,N.J. and later resided in Flemington, N.J. He settled in Bartonsville, Pa., in the Pocono's after his retirement. He passed away in 1988 at the age of 57. I still think about him, and utilize his teachings, every day.

  He taught me the meaning of, and the importance of......honesty, dignity, character, hard work and dedication to excellence. He taught me professionalism, how to handle adversity, to be loyal to myself, my sport and to others. And how to win and lose graciously. He also taught me to always stick to my principals (no matter how unpopular they may appear to be with others in my profession).

  He inspired me, and encouraged me to start my own business, and to pursue my dream to do what I loved most. Much the same way as he did.

  He taught me the importance of being passioniate about what I do, how to overcome obstacles, and to never allow myself to give up, accept defeat, or to be outworked. He taught me this not only in conversation, but also by leading by example.

  I can only dream of being as successful as he was, and I can only pray that I can, in some small way, have as great an impact on my students as Al has had on me.  If I can accomplish this, I will consider myself a huge success.

   He once told me that "The measure of a man's success is not in the win column, but in how he went about achieving it. And how he handled himself when things got tough."

 I would like to close by adding a quote (author unknown) that reminds me of Al , and one that I try to keep in mind every day.

 "At the close of life, the question will not be...how much have you got, but how much have you given. Not how much have you won, but how much have you done. Not how much have you saved, but how much have you sacrificed. How much have you loved and served, not how much were you honored".

Rest in peace Al. I love you and miss you very much.