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Trucks to carry decal honoring team owner in Friday’s race at Charlotte

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NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series trucks will carry a commemorative decal in Friday night’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, honoring team owner Mike Mittler, who passed away May 10 at 67 years old following a lengthy battle with cancer.

I’ve always loved racing and got involved in 1968,” Mittler said in a 2011 interview, according to a media release from his team, MB Motorsports. “Through local races I got to know the Wallace family. I worked on the crew that helped Rusty Wallace become the USAC stock car Rookie of the Year and 1983 ASA Champion.

We ran some NASCAR Busch races and did a few Cup events as well. When Rusty moved south, I started helping (younger brother) Kenny Wallace and was with him when he was crowned the 1986 ASA Rookie of the Year.”

While the Wallace brothers – Rusty, Kenny and Mike – all moved south to North Carolina, Mittler remained true to his roots and built both his racing and manufacturing businesses in Wright City, Missouri (about 40 miles west of St. Louis).

Mittler helped several up-and-coming race car drivers in their careers, including former NASCAR Cup champion Brad Keselowski, fellow Missouri natives Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray, Justin Allgaier, Regan Smith and others.

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NASCAR community mourns death of former Truck owner Mike Mittler

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Former and current NASCAR drivers mourned the passing of former Truck Series owner Mike Mittler on Friday. Mittler was 67.

Mittler’s Truck teams competed in 301 series races from 1995-2018. Although his team never won a Truck race, it made an impact in NASCAR, providing rides for such drivers as Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray, Justin Allgaier and Brad Keselowski, among others. Copp Motorsports announced before the season it was dedicating the year to Mittler. The team changed its number from 83 to 63.

“If it wasn’t for people like Mike who have paved the way, we wouldn’t have the opportunities that we have now to participate in NASCAR,” Copp Motorsports owner DJ Copp said.

Mittler stated Oct. 3, 2017, on his Facebook page that he had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He stated in that posting that he had his first chemo treatment that day and was at the shop after the treatment.

Many in the sport paid tribute to Mittler on Friday.

Chris Blair, executive vice president and general manager of World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, stated about Mittler: “Mike was special. He was a great man who inspired many. I value each moment shared with him through the years, especially those in the garage along with my son.”

Here is what others in the sport said about Mittler:

Eldora runner-up Bobby Pierce to compete in 3 more Truck races in May

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Dirt track phenom Bobby Pierce will be pretty busy in May.

Pierce, 19, of Oakwood, Illinois, will compete in three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races for MB Motorsports, behind the wheel of the No. 63 Chevrolet Silverado.

The three races will be the Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway on (May 6), Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway (May 13) and the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 20).

This will be the second straight year Pierce has competed in the Truck Series. Last year, he won the pole for the dirt race at Eldora and then finished second in the main event that evening.

Then last fall, he finished 22nd at Martinsville and 16th at Phoenix.

“Bobby is, without a doubt, one of the most talented drivers racing today,” MB Motorsports owner Mike Mittler said in a media release. “We had a successful first race together last year at Eldora.

“… (Pierce) almost came home with the win, coming in a close 2nd in his NASCAR debut. It was great night for Bobby and our team.”

Pierce is a two-time and defending DIRTcar UMP Late Model National Champion, as well as the 2015 DIRTcar UMP Summer Nationals Champion, He has over 130 total career feature wins in numerous regional and national touring series, numerous track championships, as well as winning the 2013 Champion Spark Plugs Search for a Champion.

Pierce and Mittler are still working on sponsorship for the three races.

“I’m excited to be back with Mike and all the guys at MB Motorsports,” says Pierce. “We’re set to run the three races in May, but we still need marketing partners to join us.”

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