By Donna Bell
I would like to introduce to you Joey Schmidt aka Mighty Mouse, a very talented 15 year old who has made a name for himself in the Sprint Car series. I had the pleasure of speaking with him and I must say, Joey does extremely well for an underfunded team and we here at Let’s Race Magazine are now fans and want to help him go to the next level in his racing career.
Now about that nickname of Mighty Mouse. He earned that while running the Junior Sprints because he was small of stature and unrelenting in racing. Schmidt’s first win came in only his sixth start. Then when he was driving in the 600 Series the nickname migrated to Wild Thing. Schmidt says that now they are starting to call him Satan Sucks. That’s right, Satan Sucks. We will get to that in a minute.
I asked Joey how he got started racing and he said his father, Robby Schmidt, raced Sprint Cars from 1991 thru 2000 and put Joey in a Junior Sprint in 2010 at the tender age of 9 years old. He won Port City Raceway Junior Sprint Rookie of the Year 2010 and ended the season 3rd in points overall. That’s what I’m talking about. He finished his rookie year in the top three! Since then Schmidt has accumulated many Championships including the Amarillo Nationals Championship in 2012 and 2013, Mini Sprint Nationals Championship, N.O.W. 600 Championship and the Spring Fling Clean Sweep, also in 2013. This is a busy young man and a dedicated driver who went on to take not only the U.R.S.S. 305 Sprint Colorado Rookie of the Year, but also won the series, U.R.S.S. 305 Sprint Colorado Championship in 2014. Champion and Rookie of the year in the same year. I don’t think that has happened before. Next there was Hattiesburg Speedway on a Friday night when Schmidt won the first ASCS Heat as a Rookie. I think he is the only rookie that can say they won the first ASCS heat they ever ran.! He is currently in the ASCS and SOS series running in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas.
Talking more with Schmidt I wanted to know about his interests and hobbies outside of racing. That’s when I found out that there is more to this guy than just racing. During the off season Schmidt does Mission work with the Hell Fighters Motorsports Ministry. They travel to places like the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and share the love of God and minister to needs. Now I circle back to his latest nickname, Satan Sucks. Schmidt is always sharing with others at the race track, as well, and let me know that he believes that actions speak louder than words. Check out the pictures of his car with the Hell Fighters and Satan Sucks paint scheme. If I remember correctly the Hell Fighters paint Schmidt’s racecar for him.
He is also, in a way, a race track designer. While in Colorado at the ¼ mile D-shaped Cowhand Racetrack Schmidt was coming into turn three and was racing another guy really hard and the other guy came underneath Schmidt and Schmidt went into the cushion and flipped, almost into the pit stand, landing right by the fence on the concrete wall and ended up with a minor concussion. Since that incident, the race track has been redesigned so that won’t happen again.
Check them out at www.joeyschmidtracing.com
A WORD FROM JOEY:
Though the accomplishments I have had in my young career are amazing, none would be possible without God. Talk about amazing, He sent his only Son to die on a cross for our sins. Romans 3:23 says for we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 6:23 for the wages of sin are death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christian Jesus our Lord. John 3:16 God sent his only son to die for us so we could have everlasting life with him in eternity.
You see, in life everyone makes mistakes, sometimes those mistakes we wish we could just do away with. Though in life and the eyes of others you can't, but with Jesus you can, all you have to do is repent. ACTS 17:30 God commands all to repent.
Do you ever just sit and dream what if you could do over again? Of course, everyone has. Well the good news is with Jesus you can, it's called being born again. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord and Savior, that he was God in the flesh and that he died on the cross and rose again. He died for your sins, my sins, just ask him for forgiveness and to come into your heart and you can have a new life with Jesus. 2 Chronicles 7:14 my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land. Mathew 16:24 deny yourself and pick up your cross and follow me.
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