Racing comes naturally to FD’s Michehl

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Fort Dodge’s Myles Michehl (21, front) competes at Sports Park Raceway earlier this season.

The excitement of going to the track and competing has been flowing through Myles Michehl’s blood for years.

Now, after the re-opening of Sports Park Raceway under new management earlier this spring, Michehl has been putting together strong races each week under the bright lights.

Michehl is currently second in the Hobby Stock series, a single point behind Jeff Fink. He earned a win the first week of the season and has finished first each of the past two competitions as well.

Along with his three checkered flags, Michehl has also earned a third and an eighth as one of just a handful of drivers in the series to start all five races.

“I went to the races and helped Troy Leonard when he raced,” Michehl said. “Then I started working at Mark’s Auto Mart and both Wayne and Jeremy Crimmins had Stock Cars. I ended up buying a car later that year in 2009 (and have been racing ever since).”

Michehl, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, was excited to be able to compete each week in his hometown again.

“The race track has been very smooth and good overall,” Michehl said. “It’s been a little bit dusty, but they’ve been working hard to correct that problem. It’s nice to see someone working that hard to please the racers and fans.

“It’s great to get to race at the place where I started. I can remember watching the races and telling myself, ‘Someday, I want to race there.'”

He does see room for improvement at the track, mentioning getting “two lanes of racing and (getting the competition) IMCA-sanctioned.”

Michehl knows that none of this would be possible without a supportive family, friends and many others to help him out.

“I’d like to thank my wife, family, Logan, Zach, Ryan and everyone that helps at the track,” Michehl said. “Mark’s Auto Mart, CPD Racing Shocks, Harrison Construction, JD’s Tree Service, Grell Roofing, JDM Management, Sherman Trucking, Arnold Motor Supply, 4th Street Depot and Absolutely U Salon.”