Rookie Scott Stenzel brings ‘Yellow Stripes – Making the Driver’ to Kansas Speedway in NCWTS

Graphic courtesy of Scott Stenzel

Scott Stenzel was born on July 28, 1980 in the southern part of Minnesota. Scott’s interest in racing began about the age of eight. Scott and his father built his first go-kart, but the only place to race was on his neighbor’s track in the backyard. At age 16 he finally was old enough to enter into the FASCAR racing league. Scott worked many jobs in order to make his dream of racing, happen. Scott was a part-time shelf stocker at a grocery store, a part-time laborer for his father’s marine removal and installation service, and worked night shifts at a food and dairy plant, all of which allowed him to save up enough money to race.

During his high school years Scott assembled three race cars, one for dirt and two for concrete. He did it with his own money, donated parts, the help of his friends and family, and various sponsors. Back during Scott’s first NASCAR K&N Series debut he had worked with Carl Edward’s spotter, Jason Hadlesky, where he kept him out of trouble and helped coach him about the lines and traffic at race speeds.

In 1999, before leaving for college to North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND, Stenzel sold everything from his racing cars to his racing gear – only keeping his driving suit. He eventually moved to Central Florida where he then attended Valencia Community College and Full Sail Real World Education in Orlando, FL.

After graduation from Full Sail, Scott started his own advertising and marketing company in the Orlando area called Digi Craft. This company services Universal Orlando Resort, Disney Adventures Magazine and specializes in print, web and video multimedia services.

Scott Stenzel (right) poses with other stilt performers in 2006. Photo courtesy of Scott Stenzel.

Scott also has another “hobby”- stilt walking. He stilt walks at special events wherever, and whenever, he can. Back in 2004, Scott had met Cart Edwards at the Daytona 500 while “stilt walking” for the event. Carl was intrigued and had invited Scott and his crew back to hang out at the motor home where they shared in conversation.

Had they left unknowingly that they’d be crossing paths once again…

In December 2007, Stenzel attended Finish Line Racing School headed up by Mike Loescher. He graduated and Loesher approved him ready for ARCA RE/MAX series. Stenzel made his first ARCA RE/MAX series race during the Daytona International Speedway test that same month. He posted a speed of 50.599 seconds at 179.105 MPH which placed him 13 of 64 drivers.*

Scott drove a Bob Schacht prepared car in the December 2009 Daytona test for ARCA drivers and teams. Scott earned his license with full series approval to race the entire season. Stenzel tested in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and obtained his 2010 license during the Daytona test.*

In April 2010 Jeff Spraker (owner and operator of Spraker Racing Enterprises) fielded the #42 Ford Fusion for Scott Stenzel where he qualified 28th at Talladega Superspeedway for the ARCA RE/MAX presented by Menards 250. Stenzel finished in the 7th place position. He received the CGS Hard Charger award for passing the most cars during the race.*

Then the day came when Scott Stenzel would meet Charlie Patterson…

Charlie Patterson (l), Scott Stenzel (r). Photo courtesy of Scott Stenzel

The day Scott met Charlie Patterson, they happen to be at…yes, Daytona International Speedway. Scott wasn’t there to race, but rather to perform as a stilt walker for the Daytona 500 event. A friend introduced Charlie to Scott, who in the meantime, knelt down on his stilts to become eye to eye with Charlie – while impressing him with just that stunt alone – and added “and, by the way – Scott is a race car driver, too.”

Shocked as he sat upon hearing the news, Charlie was impressed and interested to hear more from Scott. As the day progresses, Charlie and Scott exchanged numbers and told Scott, “give me a call.”

A couple of weeks went by and Scott called Charlie at his home in Avon, Indiana. From their conversation, came the invite Scott will never forget.

Charlie invited him to his home in Avon, IN so they can discuss Scott’s career more. Upon Scott’s excitement as well as heightened anxiety, Charlie threw out the “test” objective without warning.

“I want to see how well you can race,” Charlie stated.

A stunned Scott, feeling the pressure of being put on the spot to perform, replied, “well, I don’t have my driver’s suit, helmet or gloves with me…”

“No excuses,” Charlie said firmly, shaking his head.

Charlie ended up taking Scott to an indoor Karting complex where Scott will have to prove himself to Charlie. After several laps, Scott’s speed increased and kept increasing. Charlie was very impressed with what he was witnessing while Scott had proven himself… to a point.

So what does Charlie Patterson bring to the table? Charlie has a history with racing… a GREAT, LONG history.

Charlie Patterson, circa: 1995. Photo by Jack Gladback/Stock Car Racing Magazine

Charlie Patterson started his motorsports career in 1958, at the age of 20. Patterson use to work and started out as a crewman for a Indy Racing team. He had then spent the next 30 years mastering the different skill levels from lead fuel man to crew chief. During 1969-1989, Charlie owned his own USAC Silver Crown & Midget racing teams. At times, Charlie would pilot his own midget car. He was also hired as a motorsports consultant and provided race cars for use in Paul Newman’s motion picture, “WINNING.”

Here are some highlights of Charlie’s career:

Developed “Gasoline Alley” – a commercial strip that houses over 80 Motorsports related businesses, national team headquartered and specialty shops.

Owned & operated “Patterson Driveshafts” supplying competition driveshafts to NASCAR Winston Cup (Sprint Cup) Craftsman Truck (Camping World) Series & NHRA Drag Racing Teams. Drivers and teams such as Penske, Junior Johnson, Richard Childress, Bud Moore and Dave Marcis used Patterson Drivershafts.

Established a special “Toastmaster’s” Chapter dedicated to the unique needs of Motorsports Industry, with emphasis on preparing young drivers for their rolls as spokespersons.

Co-hosted Indy 500 pre-race sports shows.

As I walked around the Daytona International Speedway garage area with Charlie, he introduced me to Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon, Brad Daughtery, just to name a few. I asked Charlie, “is there anyone you DON’T know here?” I, myself, was quite impressed.

Charlie Patterson has proven his ability to single out young men & women who posses the natural talent, star image and personality – both on and off the track. But what exactly does he look for in a driver? One must show the listed qualities below:

  • Competition record which ranks in the top 2% of the driver’s respective series.
  • Must be a proven team player with strong work ethics:
  • Demonstrate willingness to learn and to take instruction.
  • Posses unrelenting desire to win with a total commitment.
  • Displays a wholesome athletic image to fill the roll of sponsor/team spokesperson.
  • NO usage of drugs or alcohol
  • Clean, well groomed appearance
  • Articulate
  • Personal lifestyle is suitable for public recognition
  • Parental consent (if under age 18)
  • NO “excess baggage” – NO “backstage parents”, educational, occupational or age restrictions

Over time, Charlie and his company NexGen Motorsports, where he holds the rank of agent, scouts out new racing talent and Scott’s advertising and marketing firm, Digi Craft, joined forces to start a production of “Yellow Stripes – Making the Driver” which they are currently in search of a cable network to pickup. “Yellow Stripes – Making the Driver” is a documentary that has molded an aspiring driver into an official NASCAR racecar driver. NexGen Motorsports has been working with rookie Scott Stenzel for the last four years and has experienced successful runs in that time. One of Patterson’s recent achievements was bringing Stenzel to Mike Mittler, owner of MB Motorsports to race in this week’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.

MB Motorsports has a rich racing heritage and a deeply rooted tradition of finding and developing young athletes into Championship caliber racecar drivers. They entered the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in its inaugural season in 1995 and have competed in the series every year since, making them the oldest and longest running team in the series. MB Motorsports has helped shape the careers of drivers including Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, Regan Smith, Justin Allgaier and Kenny Wallace among others. Mike Mittler, President and GM of Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool, has dedicated his life to achieving greatness on and off track.

“Bringing new talent into the sport is what I do,” Mittler states, “with Scott, there is no question about his talent. It’s the addition of having a background in advertising and marketing that makes our relationship even stronger.

In order to prepare for his big NASCAR debut Scott has put in countless hours behind the wheel of his sim racing cockpit at the comfort of his home. There he’s been training with the pros at Sim Factory on their new beta version of trucks at Kansas Speedway as well as some iRacing with his racing buddies.

Scott Stenzel. Photo courtesy of Scott Stenzel Racing

Now, Scott will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the #65 Making the Driver Chevy Silverado truck owned by Mike Mittler at Kansas Speedway, the very same man who gave Carl Edwards his first series start.

Qualifying for the SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway begins April 21st at 9:30 AM Eastern and coverage begins at 1:30 PM Eastern live on SPEED.

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