Jeff

Age: 37

 

Occupation: Construction Laborer

 

Home Track:

I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri

Favorite Part of Race Day:

Hanging out at the shop with crew in the morning before we head to the track

Strapping on my helmet before the first race

 

Most Enjoyable Race Thus Far:

October 2010 Sportsman Nationals at I-55 Raceway

 

When Did I Know I Was Hooked...

Before Scott had even given up racing, I took his car to Godfrey, IL and raced one night. It was dark and we didn't even know how to strap on the belts. We ended up using the light from a cell phone to strap me in. I wrecked in the heat race and the girls got lost on the way there, but it was a fun time.

JEFF HERZOG

Jeff became a race fan in 2000 after a trip to I-55 Raceway in Pevely, MO. For the next five years, he worked on the crew of Sportsman driver Scott Stuppy. Following Scott's retirement from the racetrack in 2005, Jeff couldn't shake the racing bug and bought his own sportsman car in late 2006. While he experienced the traditional ups and downs that are a part of the learning curve, he had notable success and won his first track championship in his rookie year at Auto Tire & Parts Racepark in Benton, MO as well as being named Rookie of the Year at I-55 Raceway, where it had all started. Defeating the notion of the sophomore slump, Jeff earned the Sportsman Track Championship at I-55 in 2008 and won the Missouri State Sportsman Championship in the UMP Dirtcar Racing Series.
2009 was a busy season. Jeff was doing double-duty, running Friday nights at Fredericktown and Saturday nights at I-55 until Fredericktown's season was cut short. He repeated his Sportsman Track Championship at I-55 Raceway and also earned the same honor at Fredericktown Raceway.
If we thought 2009 was crazy, 2010 ended up being a whirlwind. Jeff brought out a new Impressive Sportsman car, a feat of work in and of itself. Though he didn't race every Friday night, he had a sufficiently action-packed season. Late in the year, he had worked his way to the top of the UMP national points standings and brought out all the stops to hold on to 1st place. He re-defined double-duty by fixing up the spare racecar and bringing it to the track too. In the end, all of the hard work paid off by earning his third-in-a-row Track Championship at I-55 Raceway and holding on to the National Championship with UMP.
Jeff's greatest honor to date came in January 2011 when he was named "Driver of the Year" at the Midwest Speed Expo. Though he wasn't able to repeat his national championship in 2011, he finished third in the standings, held on to the regional UMP championship and earned his fourth consecutive track championship at I-55 Raceway.
Jeff took on a new challenge in 2012, learning the ropes in the Super Late Model Division. He found that there was a lot to learn, and has worked to improve with the experience of each week. He far exceeded his goals for his rookie season by finishing 3rd in the points standings at I-55 Raceway and 2nd in points in the 2013 season. His 2014 season was delayed secondary to a broken leg, but he invested in a new Rocket Chassis for 2015 and is looking forward to an exciting season. He is a tireless student of the sport of racing with a focus on continous improvement and an interest in providing the best possible show for the fans.
Jeff was born and raised in Sainte Genevieve, MO where he met and married his wife, Nikki. They make their home in Herculaneum, MO with their daughter Taylor, though the racecar stays at the shop in Sainte Genevieve.

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