PENGILLY, Minn. — Dan Motter, who has had a lifelong love for sprint cars dating back to his early days of driving in 1973, has announced that Motter Motorsports will cease operations, effective immediately.
“I will never lose my passion for sprint car racing,” said Motter, “but my Motter Equipment business has kept me out of the country for the past year and a half. Last season I was unable to attend even one race.
“At this time, I have neither the time or the resources to continue fielding a team.”
Motter began working in the sprint car industry in the 1970s and served as an owner, mechanic and driver until 1981. He finally moved his focus solely to team ownership in 1990, fielding rides for some of the most famous names in the sport, including Jimmy Evans, Randy Smith, Kenny Jacobs, Stevie Smith and Doug Wolfgang.
After the end of the 1997 season, Motter closed the doors on his team for the first time to focus on his business, but reopened shop to chase the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series championship with Joey Saldana in 2013.
In three seasons together, Motter and Saldana scored 11 Outlaws wins, before Saldana moved on to Roth Motorsports in 2016.
Following Saldana’s departure, veteran and former Outlaws champion Dave Blaney teamed up with Motter to run a part-time, major events schedule, scoring two All Stars Circuit of Champions feature wins — one each in 2016 and 2017.
Most recently, Blaney piloted Motter’s famed No. 71M to a third-place finish at the Textron Off-Road World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte this past November.
“I especially want to thank Dave Blaney for running the team last year without our involvement. That was a lot for Dave to shoulder and I truly missed being out on the circuit with him,” said Motter. “Through the years we have enjoyed success and graced winners’ circles across the United States and Canada. We just want to give a tip of the helmet and a heartfelt thanks to the drivers who we have enjoyed working with through the years.”
“We also want to thank Mark Kinser and Gary Lee Meier for wheeling some special events for us years ago. Additionally, we want to acknowledge a few of the sponsors who have helped us through the years, including Beltline Body Shop, EcoWater Systems, HE&M Saw and Mohawk Northeast. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the many product sponsors who have helped our team through the years who are too numerous to list. Everyone has a special place in our heart and each played a role in the success our team had.”
“We leave with a treasure trove of memories. Though we might not be actively involved, we will continue to monitor the races from afar. It’s been a good ride and if an opportunity presents itself down the road, then we will never say ‘never’.”
CREDIT: Motter Motorsports