Mitch Smith Race Report
Mitch Smith Pauses Racing Career to Focus on Expanded Automotive Business
Overall, he has had an impressive combination of four NHRA Divisional Championships and 23 event victories in four different classes.
“I feel very fortunate to have been able to make a mark in drag racing and to have enjoyed some success along the way. I would like to thank all of the great sponsors we’ve worked with over the years, everyone at NHRA, the many track owners, operators, and promoters, our past team members, and all of the drag racing fans that have supported our program,” said Smith.
2010 Season Announcement
Mitch Smith & Jasper Engines & Transmissions have announced their return to the NHRA circuit for the 2010 season, making it their 14TH s eason together.
My words can't describe the excitement I feel. I still have the burning desire to race, and prefer to do it with Jasper Engines & Transmissions.
This journey has allowed us to be a partner with Jasper Engines and Transmissions for more than a decade, which is a blessing. The Associates at JASPER are just like family to us.
Although the 2009 season did not prove as fruitful as did the 2008 season, we raced just as we did in 2008. Our parts breakage was kept to a minimum and our GTO ran great, but as most champions know, 2009 was like racing with a bull’s eye on our back! We brought out the best in all of our competitors this year. We have done this a long time, we love it and look forward to the challenges of the sport.
As for our sponsors, our goal has been the same since we started - perform the best we can, maintain a quality presentation, race on Sunday and sell on Monday! We believe in that today and look forward to another successful season of fast Top-Sportsman action.
We will return with the same team and equipment and the knowledge of how to win. We have the same goals, and our sponsors are behind us 100%, which makes the partnership strong.
This partnership has taken us, and continues to take us, to great places and meet great people. I enjoy making the most of these opportunities! Winning races and championships comes as a secondary achievement.
About Jasper Motorsports
Pro-Sportsman Drag Racing. Final Round Appearance every year. 4-Championships, Won 16 races. Runner-Up at 10 Races. 5-Best Appearing Awards. 3-Best Engineered Awards. Top-Ten Points 6-times. Best time and speed - 6.82 sec. @ 204.91mph.
Along with Jasper Engines and Transmissions, Laser Electric, Jegs, Hoosier Racing Tire, Fel-Pro Gaskets, DART Machinery, Automatic Trans Design, Reher-Morrison Racing Engines, SpeedTech Nitrous, VP-Racing Fuel, Aeromotive Fuel Systems, Lamb Components, Moroso, Diamond Pistons, Donovan Blocks, & Lindy’s Downtown Grocery, will continue as Associate Partners for the 2010 Season.
NHRA Lucas Oil Spring Spectacle of Speed Rescheduled
Mother Nature finally got the best of the NHRA Lucas Oil Spring Spectacle of Speed at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, with the event being postponed Sunday after persistent showers canceled any hope of eliminations.
The event has been rescheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 21 -22. Tech for the event was closed prior to postponement and no additional entries will be accepted.
The forecast as of now looks like spring showers may wait for us in St. Louis this weekend, for the NHRA Midwest Nationals, May 1-3 at Gateway International Raceway.
JASPER Motorsports 2010 Upcoming Events
April 30 – May 2 14th Annual NHRA Midwest Nationals St. Louis, MO
June 11-13/2010 Rt. 66 Raceway Joliet, IL
JASPER Motorsports / Mitchell Smith Racing partners with high-quality and high-performance companies:
AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals
MADISON, Ill. -- Mother Nature had her way again, as this has been the story for the 2010 season.
We left Gateway International Raceway Sunday a little earlier than hoped, but our Jasper Engines and Transmissions GTO ran very well despite a red light by .002 during the opening round of the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals.
Teammate Thad Martin was nonetheless pleased with a Quarter-Finals Finish to eventual winner, and good friend, Marco Abruzzi!
It was a good run, and the first race of the season that has run to completion.
Now we are looking forward to getting ready for this weekend’s event at Atlanta Dragway (May 14-16). The following weekend will be the rain-date for the Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Event.
I think we are track for some great Top-Sportsman Action in Atlanta. One of NHRA’s long-established events, Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals celebrates its 30th anniversary this season. This belle of the South has gained a reputation as one of the tougher events on the tour to win. With summer approaching, warm temperatures can turn the event into “Hotlanta” and throw crew chiefs a curve as they try to glue their charges to the facility’s 660-foot concrete launch pad.
May 21-22 O’Reilly Raceway Park -- Indianapolis, IN (Rain-Out Event)
The 2002 JASPER Worthy Super/Comp Dragster
The 2008 JASPER Pontiac Grand-Am Super/Gas