There are dozens of young adults racing at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway every Saturday night.  But one stands out above the rest.

Cheyanne Schindler of Las Vegas caught our eye as an up-and-coming driver in the Bandolero Young Guns division at the 3/8-mile asphalt oval last year.

At the young age of 14, Schindler already "knows the deal." She is easy to interview, more than willing to be photographed and expresses herself well - all qualities which will come in handy as she progresses in her racing career.

The blonde eighth-grade student at Mike O'Callaghan Middle School comes from a racing family.  Her grandmother, Lynnda Oliveira, raced at the old Craig Road Speedway in the 1980s.  Cheyanne's father, Greg, raced a Late Model at the Bullring eight years ago. Donna Gunther, Cheyanne's aunt, raced at Craig Road Speedway in the 1980s and won her first Bullring Late Model feature in 2004.

But that does not mean breaking into the sport was easy for the third-generation racer.  Cheyanne recalls the decision-making process.

"My aunt Donna called a few years ago and said, ‘There's a Bandolero for sale - would you be interested in racing?' My dad didn't want me to, but my mom said, ‘Let's do it.' "

Cheyanne began racing in the Bandolero class at the Bullring in 2005.  By her own admission, it was not a very good season for her.  The next season, Cheyanne won her first Friday-night race (600 Racing - manufacturers of the Bandolero cars - conducts events at the Bullring during Friday evening practice sessions).

On May 26, 2007, Cheyanne won her first Saturday-night Bandolero feature at the Bullring.  Sadly, her mother, Christy, succumbed to cancer two years ago and was not there to see her daughter celebrate in victory lane before the cheering crowd.

Competition in the Bandolero classes is fierce. The cars are so evenly-matched that driving talent is all that separates the first-place driver from the 10th.   She finished second in points to champ Brianna Holley last year and led the Most Popular Driver balloting for most of the season.

At the 2007 Bullring awards banquet, she received the new Horizon Award, which recognizes driving talent and the makings of a future stock car racing champion.

For 2008, she will graduate to the Legends Cars class, which is even more competitive.  Her new Legends Car will carry the familiar green paint job and the number 88 - which also was her father's and aunt's car number.  Her crew of Donna Gunther, local racing legend Wayne Jacks and John Thomas will keep the No. 88 in race-ready condition.

This likeable young lady is going places fast.  But unlike most adolescents, she also has a plan.

"I'd like to attend college to learn to be a veterinarian - that's my back-up plan in case I don't make it in racing."