Doug Mitchell motors on

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During the winter months the roar of racing engines are dulled by the silence of snow, the smell goodies being baked in the kitchen, and the scribbling on lists for the parts needed for the upcoming season. In every town across the country the...

During the winter months the roar of racing engines are dulled by the silence of snow, the smell goodies being baked in the kitchen, and the scribbling on lists for the parts needed for the upcoming season. In every town across the country the scene is very similar, racecar drivers making a wish list for Santa Claus to fill. For Doug Mitchell , his wishes are probably no different than any other racer, sponsorship, tools, a new car. Well, Santa Claus was good to Doug this year as sponsor Timber Wolf has renewed for another racing season.

Doug Mitchell, a Field Foreman and Operator for the Gas Division of Henkels and McCoy Contractors, is like many of his competitors, he works hard all week so he can enjoy racing door handle to door handle with those he calls friends and competitors. The 2000 racing season for Mitchell, at the historic Portland Speedway, was his first full season competing in the ultra competitive NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model division, and he had two main goals, finish in the top ten in points and win the Irontech Rookie of the year Award. The first eluded Doug, but the later was a tribute to sponsor Timber Wolf and a crowning achievement to his team. Doug Mitchell, 2000 Portland Speedway Late Model Irontech Rookie of the Year! Although, Mitchell did not achieve the same on-track success he had in past seasons, his dedication and desire burned as bright as ever. The Timber Wolf Team was always ready and prepared to entertain the fans and battle the competition.

Mitchell aspires to eventually compete in the NASCAR Winston West Series, but for now he is content to showcase his team and abilities and the new clay-surface of Portland Speedway where he will compete in either the Grand American Modified or Sportsman Division during 2001. Mitchell is quick to point out that the competition at Portland Speedway is as tough as any in the country, "Look at our past champions, Greg Biffle, Darren Shaw, Tom Pinkowski, and Dan Obrist. A lot of great names came out of Portland, like, Derrike Cope, the Bown brothers, and Hershel McGriff. This a great racetrack to prove yourself!", Mitchell reflected.

On any given race night the Timber Wolf Team stands out with their green, gray, and black uniforms, but also for their hospitality. Kim Mitchell, Doug's wife of 17 years, always prepares a feast for all and inspires the team to do their best. Doug is always quick to help another, which is why he was voted Sportsman of the Year from 1993-1996, and also why he is one the of the best liked drivers by fans and competitors alike. When Doug is not racing he likes to spend his time hunting and collecting rare coins, a passion that goes back to his childhood. He also is known for his "deep fried" turkeys, which have become a staple at the racetrack.

For Doug, 2001 could be the year he adds a NWRS Championship to go with his 1996 Limited Sportsman crown, but no matter how the season ends, Doug Mitchell and the entire Timber Wolf team will look good, race hard, and win.

-Derrick Shannon

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