John Duty Profile

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Age: 41
Birth Date: January 15th, 1966
Family: Wife Tricia, sons Justin (9) and Griffin (5)
Occupation: VP of Don Frank Floor Coverings Co. Portland, Oregon (20 years w/the company)
Chassis Manufacturer: Rocket Chassis Shinnston, West Virginia
Car: 2005 2" Standard Rocket
Engine Builder: Ben Eyerly Lyons, Oregon
Engines: Chevy
Crew Chief: Craig Cassell ('02 to Present)
Years in Racing: 13
Racing History:

- Non-Car Racing: Raced motocross for a few years prior to getting into racing cars.

- 1992: Bought first race car, a Dodge Duster; raced in the Sportsman division at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Oregon the 1st year; sold car to buy 1st dirt late model, a used Tri-City Buggy

- 1993: Raced a Tri-City Buggy in the Outlaw Late Model division at Willamette Speedway; sold car at the end of the year

- 1994: Bought first new car, a 1994 Larry Shaw Swing-arm car; raced in the Outlaw Late Model division at Willamette Speedway

- 1995: Raced at Willamette Speedway in the Outlaw Late Model division

- 1996: Raced at Willamette Speedway in the Outlaw Late Model division; raced in an Open Comp race that fall on the asphalt at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Oregon and had a serious crash that destroyed the car

- 1997: Purchased a new 1997 Larry Shaw 4-link car and again raced at Willamette Speedway in the Outlaw Late Model division

- 1998: Purchased a new 1998 Larry Shaw 4-link chassis, but continued to race the '97 car at Willamette Speedway in the Outlaw Late Model division; also traveled down to race at the San Jose Fairgrounds in the Western Dirt Track Nationals

- 1999: Raced the '98 Shaw at Willamette Speedway in the Outlaw Late Model division; again traveled down to the San Jose Fairgrounds to race in the Western Dirt Track Nationals

- 2000: Raced the '97 Shaw at Willamette Speedway in the Outlaw Late Model division; traveled to Great Basin Raceway in Ely, Nevada to compete in the Western All-Star Late Model Series sanctioned Silver State 100, qualified 4th and finished 9th (this was the last ever WALMS race); raced in the Bud I-5 Series races at Cottage Grove (Ore.) Speedway, Portland (Ore.) Speedway, and Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford, Oregon; suffered a nasty flip at Medford in September

- 2001: Raced the '98 Shaw car during the season at Willamette Speedway in the Outlaw Late Model division; Also raced in the Bud I-5 Series races at Cottage Grove (Ore.) Speedway, Portland (Ore.) Speedway, and Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford, Oregon; Purchased a new 2001 Rocket chassis during the summer and started assembling it; sold both the '97 & '98 Shaw

- 2002: Attended Race Wise Chassis School at Rocket Chassis in Shinnston, WV; First year driving a Rocket Chassis; Raced in the first non-sideboard races in Oregon, at both Cottage Grove (Ore.) Speedway and Madras (Ore.) Speedway, since the WALMS races in '99; Four (4) 2nd place finishes (no complete stats)

- 2003: Made the decision to run the newly formed Pacific Coast Dirt Late Model Series; Picked up first career dirt late model victory in the WDRA sanctioned $3,000 to Win Desert Storm 50 at Great Basin Raceway in Ely, Nevada; picked up first career PCDLM Series victory at Madras (Ore.) Speedway; traveled to Reno-Fernley Raceway in Fernley, Nevada to compete in the Western World 100 in November; Won the inaugural PCDLM Series Championship; Season Statistics: 28 races, 2 Wins, 8 Top 5's, 18 Top 10's, 5 Heat Race Wins, Only driver to complete every lap of all 15 PCDLM Series Features, Only driver to finish in the Top 10 in every PCDLM Series race

- 2004: Ran the Pacific Coast Xtreme DirtCar Series again (name changed due to association with the Stacker 2 Xtreme DirtCar Series); picked up wins at Central Washington State Fair Raceway in Yakima, WA and Madras (Ore.) Speedway; Finished 8th in the final PCXDS Point Standings; traveled to Knoxville (IA) Raceway for the inaugural Knoxville Late Model Nationals; ran races in 5 states; Season Statistics: 20 races, 2 Wins, 5 Top 5's, 11 Top 10's, 5 Heat Race Wins, 3 Dash Wins, 1 Fast Qualifier Award

- 2005: Ran the bulk of the PCXDS schedule again; picked up two (2) wins at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA, and re-set the track record at Elma twice (in May and Sept.); traveled to Casa Grande, AZ to compete in the Early Thaw at Central AZ. Raceway in January; traveled to Knoxville (IA) Raceway for the 2nd Annual Lucas Oil Knoxville Late Model Nationals; ran races in 6 states; Season Statistics: 27 races, 2 Wins, 12 Top 5's including 6 2nd place finishes, 17 Top 10's, 7 Heat Race Wins, 5 Fast Qualifier Awards including 2 New Track Records; Purchased a new 2005 Rocket Chassis in June and started assembling it

- 2006: Became the official Rocket Chassis Dealer for the West Coast in January; Attended the Race Wise Chassis School for the 2nd time in January

Tracks Raced At:

- Oregon:
- Willamette Speedway Lebanon, Oregon 3/10mi
- Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, Oregon 1/4mi
- Southern Ore. Speedway Medford, Oregon 1/3mi
- Madras Speedway Madras, Oregon 1/4mi
- Sunset Speedway Banks, Oregon 1/4mi
- River City Speedway St. Helens, Oregon 1/4mi
- Portland Speedway Portland, Oregon 1/2mi (CLOSED)
- Douglas County Speedway Roseburg, Oregon 4/10mi Asphalt

- Washington:
- Grays Harbor Raceway Elma, Washington 3/8mi
- C. Wash. St. Fair Raceway Yakima, Washington 4/10mi
- Skagit Speedway Alger, Washington 3/10mi

- California:
- Siskiyou Motor Speedway Yreka, California 1/4mi
- Cedarville Speedway Cedarville, California 1/3mi
- Susanville Speedway Susanville, California 1/4mi
- Antioch Speedway Antioch, California 1/4mi
- San Jose Speedway San Jose, California 3/8mi (CLOSED)

- Nevada:
- Great Basin Raceway Ely, Nevada 1/3mi
- Reno-Fernley Raceway Fernley, Nevada 3/8mi

- Arizona:
- Central AZ Raceway Casa Grande, Arizona 3/8mi

- Iowa:
- Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, Iowa 1/2mi

Memorable Accomplishments Outside of Racing:

- Played Hockey for 15 years in both Canada and in the U.S.
- Moved to Canada to play Hockey at 16 yrs old
- was involved with the US Olympic Team, Portland Winter Hawks and the Minnesota North Stars
- Sustained a serious head injury which forced me to stop playing hockey
- Helping my sons Justin & Griffin start their racing careers in karts

Contact John Duty at:
E-MAIL: jduty@pacifier.com
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