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Eddie Castro2013 Eddie Castro

Nickname: "Fast Eddie"
Rider Number: 14
Hometown: Ojai, California - USA
Place of Birth: California - USA
Date of Birth: 1959
Occupation: Oxy/Acet. Welder, Motorcycle & Auto Mechanic
Wife: The Lovely Romie
Children:
Relatives in Speedway:
E-mail: fasteddiecastro@yahoo.com
Web Site or Facebook Page:
Date Started Speedway: 1980 - 2014
Reason to Race Speedway:
Goals or Ambitions for Speedway:
Top Photo: Dorcey Wingo
Photos by: MSD Photos - Jim Wolf Photography

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~ Romie (Mrs. Fast) - April 2015

TODAY we start the battle - Dx: Stage III T2N2
Battle Plan: Radiation 5 days a week for 6 weeks (5000 RADS each day). Chemo (5FU) 7 days a week for 6 weeks. Nplate injection weekly (180mg) Blood tests weekly.

Surgery will be 6 weeks after treatment ends, already scheduled for July 15. Then another round of Chemo 2-3 weeks after surgery. (We're actually talking about removing the spleen, at the time of surgery, to deal with the Thrombocytopenia.)

Eddie has his list of "goals" to focus on ... Grand Marshall @ Ventura race, Opening nites @ CM & the Grand, then be able to spin laps at his Tribute race August 1st @ Perris, and SURFING. (Even if I have to wrap him in saran wrap, stuff him in his wet suit ... he WILL get back in the water kiss emoticon, although he's concerned that Haz Mat will be called out for a Toxic Waste spill.)

I have a shorter list of goals ..... get Eddie thru this. (The contract said - "in sickness and in health.")

ALL your love, support, good mojo, prayers means the world to Eddie, to myself. THANK YOU !!! ~ Romie & #14 FEC ~

~ Fast Eddie, Romie (Mrs. Fast) .... and Stella - April 2015

They say everything happens for a reason...

Eddie has decided it's time to share where He, we are at. (And, tho the calls are appreciated, we are pretty over whelmed right now ... just need a minute to breath.)

He started out with needing back surgery, went to being diagnosed with ITP, and now we've landed here. Eddie has Rectal Cancer. A large tumor was discovered March 9th, during a rectal exam. We've been on a mad schedule these past 10 days with testing, scans etc. The results were given to us this past Thursday.

The Cancer has spread to the regional Lymph Nodes, invaded the surrounding tissue, and a Lesion was found on His Liver. He will go thru Chemotherapy and Radiation, the target date to begin is April 6th. Radiation is 5 days a week (Mon-Fri) x 5weeks with concurrent 5FU Chemotherapy infusions. After treatment, He will have surgery to remove the entire rectum and a permanent Colostomy bag placed, all affected Lymph Nodes and the Liver will be dealt with i.e.: removing as much as needed. His Thrombocytopenia will be compromised with treatment, so that alone will be a balancing act. I am also working on a Plan B for his back, to get him out of pain. This coming week He will have 2 more biopsy's, a PET scan, 3 Dr's appts and be "prepped" for radiation. We have 1000% trust & faith in our Doctors, the "battle plan," the facilities all this will take place. His Oncologist is taking Eddie's case to the Tumor Board. We have the utmost Faith in GOD, that HE WILL give us strength to get thru this, along with the positive support, love, good Mojo from ALL of you .... # 14 will take the checkered flag in this race, this fight !!

~ Romie (Mrs. FAST) - February 2015

(... there's no easy way or perfect time for this announcement *sigh* so here I go)

While preparing for back surgery, Microdiscectomy (Microdecompression) Spine Surgery, it seems we opened a Pandora's box, which has led to Eddie being diagnosed this past Monday (Feb 9th) with ITP - Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia. A bleeding disorder where his body is producing anti-bodies that are destroying his platelets, which are the cells in our blood that clot to stop bleeding. (which actually explains a LOT of things over the past 5 or so years) There is no "cure".

The disorder can be managed thru lifestyle changes and drug treatments. Although the drugs have some pretty significant crappy side affects unsure emoticon . The lifestyle changes are to limit taking " high risks" that could lead to injury, trauma etc, so this effectively ends his "competitive racing" career. We will prepare him for surgery by "boosting" him, then hopefully manage him with as minimal drug therapy as possible. I'm researching supplements and nutritional options to help maintain his levels. He'll still spin laps for fun, cruise the Harley, surf, get his back fixed (surgery) & get back to work !!!
Team Castro will adjust to a "new normal" way of living .

Having said this, we would like to THANK GOD and ALL of YOU, each and every one of you, ALL of our Sponsors , ALL of Our PROMOTERS, for your love & support for the past 35 years of #14's racing career !!!!! It's been an incredible run !!! So, in Fast Eddie Castro's words "RUN IT" !!!!


Bike: Laydown Jawa & GM

Tracks Ridden:
USA: Costa Mesa - Industry Hills - IMS, San Bernardino - Dixon - Santa Maria - Auburn - Glen Helen - Lake Perris - Paso Robles - Victorville - Arrowhead - Ventura - Pirate Speedway, San Bernardino - Long Beach - Ascot (South Bay) - Ascot (1/4 mile) - Ascot (1/2 mile) - Carlsbad - Visalia - Orange Show - Wild West - Big Time Speedway - The PAS, Lake Perris - Pomona Fairplex (1/2 mile)
UK: Poole - Newport - Weymouth - Plymouth - Rye House - Isle of Wight - Birmingham - Kings Lyn - Newcastle - Sheffield - Belle Vue - Wolverhampton - Ipswich - Lakeside - Workington - Buxton - Leicester

Achievements:
2015 - Orcutt Practice - Ride for Eddie Castro - Apr 4
2014 - Pomona Half Mile 10/11/14
2014 - Aces Team Member 6+2 points - Ventura 10/04/14
2014 - 14th Place US National Speedway Championship - Costa Mesa 09/27/14
2014 - 8th Place Overall - AMA Speedway National Championship Series - Fast Fridays 09/19/14
2014 - Scratch Consolation - Costa Mesa 09/06/14
2014 - 3rd Place B Main - Costa Mesa 08/23/14
2014 - Scratch Consolation - Industry Racing 08/20/14
2014 - Pirate Pairs Championship w/Gabe Price - Pirate Speedway 08/01/14
2014 - Scratch Main - Industry 07/30/14
2014 - 2nd Place Scratch Main - Pirate Speedway 07/25/14
2014 - 5th Place AMA Speedway Long Track National Championship - The PAS 07/19/14
2014 - 2nd Place Fair Derby - Costa Mesa 07/12/14
2014 - 2nd Place Scratch Consolation - Industry Racing 07/09/14, 07/16/14
2014 - AMA Speedway National Championship Series, Round 2 - Ventura 06/28/14
2014 - 3rd Place Scratch Consolation - Industry 06/11/14
2014 - AMA Speedway National Championship Series, Round 1 - Costa Mesa 06/07/14
2014 - 4th Place Scratch Main - Costa Mesa 05/31/14
2014 - Scratch Main - Pirate Speedway 05/30/14, 07/11/14
2014 - 3rd Place Scratch Main - Pirate Speedway 05/02/14, 06/13/14, 06/20/14, 07/18/14, 08/08/14, 08/15/14, 09/05/14
2014 - 4th Place Scratch Main - Pirate Speedway 04/18/14
2014 - Riders Points
2013 - 4th Place Western States Championship - Pirate Speedway 10/18/13
2013 - 3rd Place Super Long Track Invitational - Pomona 10/12/13
2013 - US Nationals Event - Costa Mesa 10/05/13
2013 - 7th Place AMA National Championships - Fast Fridays 09/27/13
2013 - AMA National Championships Round 2 - Victorville 09/22/13
2013 - 3rd Place A Final - US Nationals Qualifier Round 4 - Pirate Speedway 08/09/13
2013 - 3rd Place C Final - US Nationals Qualifier Round 3 - Industry 08/03/13
2013 - Scratch Main - Pirate Speedway 08/02/13, 09/13/13
2013 - 5th Place AMA Long Track US National Championships - The PAS 07/27/13
2013 - 1st Place Scratch Main - Pirate Speedway 07/19/13, 08/16/13, 08/23/13
2013 - 3rd Place First Division Main - Pirate Speedway 07/12/13, 07/26/13, 09/06/13
2013 - 1st Place B Final -US Nationals Qualifier Round 2 - Big Time Speedway 07/06/13
2013 - AMA National Championship Round 1 - Ventura 06/29/13
2013 - 2nd Place Handicap - Pirate Speedway 06/14/13
2013 - C Final - US Nationals Qualifier Round 1 - Costa Mesa 06/08/13
2013 - 2nd Place Scratch Main and 3rd Place Handicap Main - Pirate Speedway 05/17/13
2012 - 1st Place JRM Energy B Main Victorville Track Championship 10/11/12
2012 - 1st Place Handicap Main- IMS 08/24/12
2012 - 1st Place Scratch Main - IMS 08/10/12
2012 - 1st Place Victorville 06/23/12, 07/21/12, 09/01/12, 10/20/12
2012 - 1st Place Victorville Fair Derby 05/28/12
2011 - Captain of the American Touring Team
2011 - 1st Place Handicap Main: IMS 08/12/11, 08/26/11
2011 - Best Pairs Champion with Russell Green - Victorville 08/06/11
2011 - 1st Place A Main: Victorville 7/23/11, 8/13/11, 09/03/11
2011 - Professors (48) vs Students (45) lead team to victory with a perfect 18 points - Victorville 06/25/11
2010 - 6th place standing - AMA National Series
2010 - Victorville Track Champion 07/31/07
2010 - Main Event Winner: Industry August 25 - IMS June 4 - IMS June 25
2010 - Victorville Team Racing High Points
2010 - Captain of USA Dream Team
2009 - USA Dream Team Member
2009 - Fastest Lap Time @ Plymouth, UK.
2009 - Victorville - Winner Main Event
2009 - Costs Mesa - Winner Fair Derby
2009 - Ventura - Main Event Win - Class C Vintage Outlaw
2008 - Ridgecrest - 2nd Firecracker Derby, Fastest Lap Time Challenge
2008 - Vallejo - 2nd Opening Night Main Event @ 40 yard line
2008 - Victorville - Hole Shot Challenge, 3rd Track Championship
2008 - Victorville - 2nd Place Vintage Races 1/4 mile.
2007 - Perris - Fastest Lap Time Record
2007 - Ventura - 1st Place Class C Handshift Vintage (7 time winner)
2007 - High Desert Pairs Champion with Ricky Wells - Victorville 03/03/07
2007 - 4th Victorville Track Championship 08/18/07
2006 - Victorville Track Champion 09/23/06
2006 - Ventura - Fastest Lap Time Record
2004 - 4th Place Wild West Track Championship 10/02/04
2004 - Wild West's First Scratch Main Winner! 5/8/04
2002 - Firecracker Derby Winner - Victorville 07/04/02
2002 - 2nd Arrowhead Season Points
2001 - Arrowhead's First Handicap Main Winner! 5/24/01
2001 - Double Main Event Winner - Arrowhead 07/18/01
1997 - 6th Place American Finals - Costa Mesa 06/14/97
1996 - COSTA MESA - 2nd Place Classic Coors Light-25 Lap
1996 - 8th USA Speedway National Championship
1988 - Arizona State Champion

Eddie Castro
Dorcey Wingo

Eddie Castro
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Eddie Castro
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Eddie Castro
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