Chris tells us he has way less than five grand in the whole car, and while it may never win First Place at the Nationals, the joy of driving it every day far outweighs any trophy. He says he couldn't have finished the car if it weren't for his friends, Bill Humphreys and Gary Kucharski, who gave him the motivation to get it done; Bill Melvin for a lot of parts; Steven Edwards, "who showed me how to do it;" and most of all, his wife and mom, well, just because.

But, here's the suspicious part: Chris actually built the car for his wife-"It's really her car; she just lets me drive it," he explains. He says he's still working the bugs out and getting it trouble-free before turning over the keys to her, and the best way to do that is by driving it to and from work every day. That's a sound idea, but it's been on the road for a couple of years now, and it's never given him any problems.

Still, you can never be too careful.