Tommy Fry acquires CMC Team #74 Super Late Model

Irwindale Speedway - Tommy Fry, a consistent front-running competitor in the NASCAR Super Late Model division at Irwindale Speedway has purchased his own race team. "We ran the ...

Irwindale Speedway - Tommy Fry, a consistent front-running competitor in the NASCAR Super Late Model division at Irwindale Speedway has purchased his own race team.

"We ran the #74 car for Chatsworth Machine Company all last year and had good success with it," explained Fry, 40, of Simi Valley, "But CMC is is a family owned operation and they are going to sell their entire business. Our relationship was good enough that they gave me the first opportunity to purchase the racing operation outright."

There are two #74s in the stable. Fry has acquired the older car, which he used for the 2000 season and tied the single-lap record. Negotiations are underway to purchase the newer car as well.

"Losing the facilities and backing of Chatsworth Machine Company brings a major change to our season," continued Fry, "But the core of the crew and car remain intact, so we expect to run as always - up front."

Three of the four top qualifiers in the June 2 NASCAR Super Late Model race (including Tommy Fry) had CMC power under the hood. The racing engine and fabrication operations of CMC will be closed and possibly relocated with the sale of Chatsworth Machine Company.

Tommy Fry won the opening night event at Irwindale Speedway and has several second place finishes. He fell victim to an early season racing incident and effectively missed two races, but has since recovered and is in the top five in championship points.

-Harold Osmer

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