Many Street Stock racers are...
Many Street Stock racers are their own crew chief and mechanic. Comp Cams
"Dave has two sponsors: Lori Beth's Bakery who packs him sandwiches before each race, and T.O. Haas Tire where Dave is the alignment technician.Haas lets him align his (and my) race car after hours for free. That's all the help he gets . . . sandwiches and late night alignments.
"Dave has a great relationship with Bob, the local junk man in our rural Kansas town of 3,500 people.Bob brings Dave junk cars that look to have race-worthy parts on them. Dave grabs whatever he can afford at the time, and puts together a race car. Each year the rules move farther away from `Pure Stock' and Dave winces in pain with each `race' part allowed. By the way, he paints his car with a roller like you would use on your house.
"Dave might be a `have not' but when I wrecked my car last year, Dave showed up the following day with two radiators from his precious inventory."
Like many racers, Street Stockers...
Like many racers, Street Stockers are always there to lend a helping hand when a fellow competitor needs it. Jeri Mitchell
Fathers, Sons, And Families We have talked numerous times in the pages of Circle Track of how racing is a true family sport. That statement was no more evident than in the pages and emails written in response to the column. Case in point was the letter about James Scott. The writer told of the 21-year-old's blue Ford Pinto and his pit crew consisting only of his father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, and girlfriend. He races his rear-wheel drive car at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky and Clarksville Speedway in Tennessee.
The writer went onto say that James can stretch a dollar better than anybody, from having Dad hook cables to the car, connect them to two trees, and straighten out the dents and bends after one particularly rough night of racing with four different types of tiresandwheels due to not being able to find a complete set. But what really got our attention was when the writer proudly proclaimed, "This is only a brief part of James' story. I should I know, I am hismother!"
Pam Scott's letter about James showed not only the dedication and pride of a mother, but also how entire families work together in pursuit of the racing dream.
The father and son Canandian...
The father and son Canandian duo of Rick (No. 66) and Cliff (No. 87) Mitchell haul a minimum of six hours every week to race their Street Stocks. Jeri Mitchell
It's that dedication that really showed through in the story of the father and son duo of Rick and Cliff Mitchell and their Red Rabbitt Racing team out of Fernie, British Columbia. Now if you don't know where Fernie is, it's about 5 hours and 20 minutes northeast of Spokane, Washington, and about 3 hours and 20 minutes southwest of Calgary. That's important because the Mitchells race at three different tracks, the closest one being 3 hours from their house. That's right folks, this racing family tows a minimum of six hours per week to race their Street Stocks for $80. Theirs is one of the more unique stories we ran into in writing this article.
Cliff, who is now 19, started helping his dad, Rick, in the pits at age 13. His parents had to get special permission and sign a waiver to get the teen in, and not only did young Cliff help in his dad's pits but he helped out the track safety crew as well.
The Mitchell's racing team...
The Mitchell's racing team is a family affair--aunts, uncles, even the girlfriends get in on the action. Jeri Mitchell
Rick has been involved in racing for 20 years with a notable story of going to pick up a chassis in Indiana and ending up working on one of Bobby Allison's race cars while he was there. Right out of high school, Rick began racing but after driving for three years he ran out of money. Fast forward 10 years and Rick found himself working as crew chief for Larry Burton on the NASCAR Northwest Tour. After five years on the tour, he found his way back home where he eventually began running his local track at Cranbrook in 2000.
Cliff started driving at age 15 in a car that he and Rick built together. Naturally, it was a Street Stock, since other than his stint in the NWT Rick has always been a Street Stock guy and his son wanted to follow in his footsteps.