Thomas “Tommie” Quenzer has raced to number one on the Young Lions (Dirt) national leader board in the internationally sanctioned Legends Series.
Tommie is the 15-year-old son of Scot Quenzer and Katie Quenzer of Zumbrota and a sophomore at Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School.
Tommie joined his uncle and sponsor Jay Quenzer, of Spiffy¹s Racing in Baker, Montana, in 2019.
Tommie started working in Jay’s auto shop before racing cars. They have competed in thirty races over every weekend (typically starting on Thursdays) across the upper midwest (primarily North Dakota) from April and will continue through October. Tommie said COVID-19 has made racing easier to fit in with his school schedule.
Typically, Young Lions (ages 12-15) advance to the semi-pro level at age 16, but he has done so well that he will enter the pro class next year. His highlight was visiting the Indianapolis Speedway and smelling the track, something he does before every race.
He said the racing is clean without a lot of bumping and he has only been involved in one minor accident. Jay said that the cars can reach 83 to 85 miles per hour on the straight-away. It is mostly a labor of love because the car’s cost is about $20,000 and the race reward money is typically around $200. Jay praised Tommie’s ability to master the “slip” without going sideways in turns.
Tommie and Spiffy’s Racing just completed their first ever trip to the Legends Dirt Nationals at the famous Lincoln Speedway in Pennsylvania.
Tommie finished third in his heat race and fourth in his first ever thirty-lap feature main event. He’s unsure about his long-term future behind the wheel, but he loves cars and racing.
Legends car drivers who have raced in NASCAR include Brennan Poole, Ryan Blaney, Reed Sorenson, David Ragan, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch.