Monday, December 08, 2008

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Tri-County Motor Speedway

Hudson, North Carolina


Located in Western North Carolina, Tri-County Motor Speedway is a 4/10 mile banked asphalt track racing weekly on Friday night as it has for most of it's existence.  A NASCAR Home Track facility, TCMS features Late Models as it's premier division and has been a proving ground for many of today's rising talents.

Come check out the action at TCMS, 5 minutes from I-40 in Hudson, NC.



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Doyle Racing for His Dad

By Pat Simmons

Jimmy Doyle is new to Tri-County Motor Speedway this season, but Doyle is far from new to racing.


The 47year-old native of Fort Lauderdale, FL, now lives in Hendersonville.  He grew up watching his dad race in Florida.   The older Doyle raced against current TCMS owner/promoter Russ Leicht back in the rough and tumble racing days, so Doyle has known Leicht since he was a kid.  He got to watch his dad go head-to-head with some of the best racers in the business.


Doyle has been behind the wheel for the past 32 years after starting in karts as a youngster.


When he turned 24 he made his first Late Model start at Hialeah Speedway in a Dodge Charger he and his dad built. Doyle says his dad is the whole reason he is racing.


In 1991, after moving to North Carolina Doyle began racing at the Asheville Speedway and in 1994 became track champion.  He raced until 1997 and took a couple of years off after buying the family business, General Auto Repair.  The 1997 season was busy as Doyle raced at Asheville on Friday nights and then followed the Hooters ProCup Series in its inaugural season.  In 2001 he returned to racing to race in the UARA All-Stars Series.


This year Doyle changed the number on his car.  Short tracks in the south usually have cars with two numbers and for many years he ran a number 71. Now Doyle’s car has three. 711. It is all in honor of his father, Johnny, who was diagnosed with cancer in July.  Johnny Doyle ran that number his entire career.


The elder Doyle raced for many years and now he is seriously ill.  He has been a big supporter of his son, but as of late has not been attending events.  Jimmy Doyle is making his dad proud though, winning the past two weeks at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, NC.


Johnny Doyle has always been proud of his son, who has won many between 25 and 30 races in his career. ”He is the reason I am racing,” said Doyle from his home in Hendersonville. “He was always by my side working on the car and this is my first year on my own.”  With a touch of sadness in his voice, Doyle explained how his dad has become seriously ill over the last weeks and hasn’t been at the racetrack lately. He was there at the first of the season, but now he is just too weak.


“We always built our own cars, but this year I am running a Leicht race car and a Ben Barnes engine,” Doyle explained.   He is motivated. Only in a way a son can be motivated to make his father happy.  This season is all it’s about.  It’s for Dad.



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Tri-County Motor Speedway

4405 Hickory Nut Ridge Road

Hudson, North Carolina 28638

Office:  828-726-6600

Fax:  828-726-0800