Jack Purcell and Other Teens from Bloomington are Racing Mini Stocks

| May 20, 2012

Most kids learn how to drive in driver’s education.  A group of kids from Bloomington learned to drive on the racetrack when they were only fourteen. All that was needed was a small four-cylinder car, a NASCAR learner’s permit, and a track membership.

Last year, in 2011, one of those kids, at the age of fifteen, was the National and Season Champion at Elko Speedway in the Mini Stocks division. Jack Purcell beat the previous winner, a 35-year-old two-time national champion, for the title.  The biggest change for him after the win was he earned a little respect from the other drivers.

Raceway Park

Jack Purcell goes to Jefferson High School and he races against his friends who he encouraged to race. All together there are seven other Bloomington students racing against him, one of which is his 18-year-old brother Alec Purcell. On the track they all want to win and do their best.  But off the track they work together. The group shares a common sponsor, Showcarsupply.net, owned by Todd Thompson.

Jack Purcell's race car

“The sponsorship consists of the kids helping me at the shop, learning basic automotive skills, and fabrication,” said Todd Thompson. “I cover the cost of the paint, and the labor to paint them, I also pay for the numbers, and graphics, I want the kids to be proud of what they have done, I think it is a life learning lesson.” Other local businesses, including the Federation of Police, also sponsor the teen drivers.

To watch the teens racing Mini Stocks, visit www.goracewaypark.com for a Raceway Park schedule of the Mini Stocks.

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Founder and publisher of The Bloomington Crow, Gina Szafraniec, produces quality articles, videos and photos about Bloomington news for organizations, schools, businesses and people. While helping her brother, a paraplegic, swim the English Channel in 2002 and swim the Catalina Channel in 2003, she learned the importance and power of sharing one's story. She hopes to empower the people of Bloomington by sharing their stories. She is also a Girl Scout Troop leader, Optimist member and Bloomington Heritage Days board member and marketing director. She lives in Bloomington, Minn., with her family.

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  1. Lisa Saline says:

    What a terrific interview. I’m so proud of the Bloomington racers and especially my own Son, Steven Saline. Go Bloomington Mini-Stocks.

  2. Steve Saline says:

    This is cool. I had a fun time interviewing and more fun racing every weekend. Thanks for coming to the track

  3. Beth H says:

    Way to go to my nephew Steven Saline.

  4. Jill Thompson says:

    Wow, very impressive guys:) Show Car Supply has the Midas Touch in making the cars look great. Congrats Trevor on 2 heat wins so far this season. I can’t wait to watch you guys race on Memorial Day!! GO TREVOR!!

  5. Janet & Tyler Christensen says:

    Way to go T.J.! I enjoy watching all of you guys, you are a great group of young men. Go fast, turn left be safe.

  6. Mary Hartley says:

    We just watched these Bloomington kids in action! What a fun night we had! I think Todd Thompson is doing a great thing! Congrats to the Bloomington kids! Loved reading this great article!!

  7. What a great group of guys! Love the way they help each other with their cars so they can all be on the track ready to race.
    I can’t believe how far Trevor has come from last year! 2 heat wins already this year. So proud of you! The trophy for Mom’s day was a great present.
    John, Jake, Alec Purcell thanks so much for getting us involved in such a fun sport.
    See ya at the Track!