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Business Major Balances Racing Career

If there’s one word that best describes MSJC Business Major Maddie Wedeking, it’s “motivated.”

The Temecula resident makes the most out of every day, balancing her full-time college commitments with her life as a professional utility terrain vehicle (UTV) off-road racer.

Wedeking, 19, joined the racing circuit while attending Temecula Valley High School four years ago and kicked off the 2021 season this month (January) with an outstanding second-place finish in the Nugget “250,” a race that covers nearly 250 miles of open desert in Pahrump, Nevada.

After she graduates from MSJC in 2022, she plans to continue her business education at a university. In addition to continuing her racing career, she would like to be a production manager for a manufacturing company.

“It’s been a dream of mine to race off-road,” Wedeking said. “The fact that I’ve only been racing for four years and I have made it this far is something I’m very proud of. Every day, I’m learning more that will hopefully help me be able to continue racing for years to come.”

MSJC has helped Wedeking with her racing program.

“It has taught me how to multitask school, work and racing,” she said. “One of the most important parts of racing is the business aspect of it.  That plays a huge role in what races to attend, what sponsors to choose, what products to buy. So MSJC has helped me have a better understanding of the business side of my racing program.”

She has some great advice for current and future MSJC Eagles.

“My main advice is to always challenge yourself,” she said. “Don’t ever underestimate what you are capable of. There’s 24 hours in a day, make every moment count!”

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Maddie Wedeking, business major and UTV racer