OZONA, Texas – Tom Mitchell, the former owner of Circle Bar Racing in all three of NASCAR’s national divisions, died Sunday in Texas.
Mitchell fielded race teams for more than 40 years. He was active in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Indy car during his time as a team owner. All of his teams carried the Circle Bar racing banner, a name taken from one of his cattle ranches.
He is perhaps best known as the owner of Rick Crawford’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team from 1997 to 2010. Together they scored five victories during that time period, including a victory at Daytona Int’l Speedway in 2003. Mitchell also owned an Indy car team for driver Chet Fillip. In 1985 Mitchell sold all his Indy car equipment to Al Unser Jr., who won the series championship the following season.
He was a major player in the Texas cattle industry and made a fortune from the discovery and excavation of natural gas on his ranch land.