Name: Roger Chaney   

Age: 61

Occupation: Construction and trades superintendent for the Decatur Park District         

City of residency: Decatur

What's an average day at work for you?

Every day is a new adventure. We start by prioritizing our workday as it changes daily, and sometimes hourly. Usually our group is performing maintenance or repairs on one or more of the district's facilities along with the usual problem solving and paperwork.

What do you love most about working to make Decatur's parks great?

It's just good to be part of a large group of people that care about the district. We try to do our part in doing a good job and be as efficient as possible, and it's always good to be able to look at our work and know we have made a difference.

What sparked your interest in drag racing?

I have been a drag racing fan my entire life. It is one of the few things that still thrills me. To see and hear a professional fuel car with 10,000 horsepower go 1,320 feet in less than 4 seconds, 330 miles per hour, is unbelievable. It's hard to imagine unless you have witnessed it in person. It's a modern marvel, and to clarify, my car is a little over half that fast.

How often do you take your car out for a spin?

We only had it out about six times last year, but this year we hope to go 2 to 3 times that much this year.

In addition to drag racing, what are some of your other hobbies?

I enjoy cars, boats, motorcycles and almost anything that goes fast. I like old John Deere tractors; I am intrigued by helicopters and have recently flown one. I am working toward becoming more proficient at that.

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jcook@herald-review.com | (217) 421-7980


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