Mike Garvey may not be the one behind the wheel but he is determined to find his way to Victory Lane at this weekend’s Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway. Garvey will be a helping hand to many drivers as he plans to tackle both the Pro Late Model and Super Late Model races as a crew chief and driver development coach.
“We’ve got a lot of good customers and a lot of good racers and that makes it easy. You get the same feeling helping them as you do driving,” Mike Garvey told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
Garvey will be helping Chris Davidson and Connor Okrzesik with their Super Late Models. If that isn’t enough work for one weekend Garvey will be seen in the pits of Pro Late Model drivers Jarrett Parker, Perry Patino, and again in Okrzesik’s.
If one of his four drivers couldn’t get him to victory lane, Garvey made sure he would find his way there somehow as the race track posted a photo on their Facebook page this weekend of Garvey with a paint brush giving the Bondy’s Enterprise Toyota Victory lane a touch up with some new paint. His driver, Jarrett Parker was right along side him prepping the place he hopes to end up in on Saturday night.
“I was there practicing. Jarrett Parker bought my Pro Late from last year, so in between runs we were just sitting there waiting for the tires to cool off and John was up there painting, so we figured we might as well grab a paint brush and help him,” stated Garvey about South Alabama Speedway track owner John Dykes.
“John is a great guy, he is the nicest guy around he is just a good person and I enjoy talking to him so we all just sat there and teased each other and picked at each other and just had a good time. “
Garvey has an extensive racing resume himself as the two-time All American 400 winner decided to call it quits at the end of the 2015 season and focus more on driver development and being a crew chief.
“That doesn’t mean we might not race at some point somewhere but right now we are just concentrating on all our clients and things like that. I get the same thrill in helping people do well as I get in driving,” said Garvey.
The Lakeville, Minnesota native teamed up with his previous car owner to start focusing on developing future drivers such as Okrzesik and Parker.
There is no doubt that Garvey will be a busy man this weekend at the Rattler 250 as he tackles a challenge not many are willing to take on, but fortunately it is something he has a passion for.
“All we can do is give ourselves a chance. I think the guys that we are working with and that are racing makes it so we will have a shot at both races. We are just going to give it our best and see what we can do. “
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-Story by: Hannah Newhouse, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: The Rattler Facebook