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, but my Motter Equipment business has kept me out of the country for the past year and a half,” said Motter. “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 his involvement in sprint car racing in the 1970s, working both as an owner, mechanic and driver until 1981. He shifted his focus to team ownership in 1990 and fielded cars for a multitude of talented drivers, including Jimmy Evans, Randy Smith, Kenny Jacobs, Stevie Smith and Doug Wolfgang.
Following the 1997 season Motter shuttered his sprint car program to focus on his business, but returned in 2013 with Joey Saldana behind the wheel to chase the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series championship.
The duo scored 11 World of Outlaws victories in three seasons before Motter and Saldana parted ways. Motter’s team didn’t return for the full Outlaw schedule in 2016, instead choosing to run select events throughout the season with veteran Dave Blaney behind the wheel.
The Motter and Blaney pairing won a pair of Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions events, one each in 2016 and 2017. Blaney also piloted the Motter Motorsports No. 71M to a third-place finish during the Friday night feature at the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in November of last year.
“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,” Motter said. “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 that include 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.’”