It is no surprise that I grew up watching and playing in the dirt track world. I just didn’t happen to have the family or ever the opportunity to get a car together and go out and play. There have always been a few drivers that have been close to my heart. #16H Mike Hammerlee, #50 Eddie Dixon, #28 Donny Klein and #89 of Bobby Bittle. My story starts early on because my Grandpa Wayne used to take his kids (my mom and her siblings) to Belle Clair Speedway. My Mom, Gail, fell in love with stock car racing (that’s all it was called back in the day). She used to take me when I was knee-high to a grasshopper. I remember all those kids before me getting called down by their names 1 by 1 as winners of the “junior fan club” and I always prayed my name would be called so I could get a chance to meet one of my driver heros. It took over 5 years of weekly racing but one night my name was called out over the lour speaker from Mike Meurer “The Talker Guy”. Unfortunately, my #1 pick that night Mike Hammerlee had a broken rear end and he was not able to give me a ride so I went with my #2 none other than the #89 of Bobby Bittle. From that moment on you couldn’t keep me out of the pits or the shop. The rest is well history and is why I do what I do today. Enough about me and on with our sponsorship.
At the end of the 2017 season I started watching and following drivers more closely and how they react to winning, loosing and bettering their cars and teams and of course how they promote their sponsors. I set my eyes on a select few come the 2018 season, and one of them was Treb Jacoby. The first post I saw from Treb was him promoting his own dad. WOW is all I can say. This young man giving props to everything his dad has done for him and how they help each other makes my heart warm. That is a RACE team for you. Meeting his dad, Bert Jacoby, is no different. Laying it all out on the line for his son week in and week out along with Jace and the support from the Jacoby family is just amazing. Not a week goes by that Treb doesn’t give a shout out about his sponsors and the positives that his car and himself are seeing this week. He always has a goal for the night and a plan of attack on how to get there. This made me remember exactly what I saw in one of my hero racing teams #89 of Bobby Bittle as I grew up. I knew not just as a business owner that Treb was the right driver to sponsor but I also knew in my heart of hearts that the whole race family deserved it. I won’t go into specifics about how much Treb and I agreed on for that perfect LONG spot on the bottom of his door panels but let’s just say that his car will have good tires all season long and everyone else on the track better step up their game next year!
I had a few minutes to pick Treb’s big head (have you seen his helmet?) and to see where he came from as a dirt car driver. I asked Treb some questions and he spilled the beans.
Q: Treb what got you started in dirt track racing? A: My Grandpa Glen (Dad’s Dad) started announcing at 14 years old and my Grandpa Larry (Mom’s Dad) owned Godfrey Speedway. My dad (Bert Jacoby) has raced his whole life. My mom was involved with the track. It is just something I was raised into!
Q: How old were you when you first started driving? (This one cracked me up as he answers like he is 50 years old) A: At 14 years old I raced a sportsman car at Callaway Raceway
Q: Why did you start out in the sportsman class? A: My dad had the car and all the parts to put it together. It was actually his half mile track car he ran at TriCity Speedway in Granite City, Mo.
Q: Treb do you plan on moving up to an A-Mod or Late Model? A: An A-Mod isn’t out of the question at all but I definitely couldn’t do it on my own dime! (I think he was hinting at something there). Late models are my dream if I were driving for a team. I would never want to own one myself!
Q: Who is your ALL time favorite driver and why? A: That’s easy to answer… Scott Bloomquist. To me he is an innovator in the sport and sets the bar for late model talent.
Q: Ok Treb… If you could drive ANY other driver’s car for just ONE night only… Who would it be and why? A: Locally I would have to say Rick Stevenson. He just looks so smooth all the time and his car is always one of the fastest A-Mods all night long. But that wasn’t your question was it… So any driver I would have to say Bloomquest. Not too many people have ever gotten to drive for him but the ones that have, had their careers take off!
Q: Just a couple more questions. What is your most memorable racing experience so far? A: I was running side by side with my good buddy and seimi best friend Matt Edler for the win at Fayette County on the summer nationals night. We ran side by side for the lead and never touched!
Q: Who has supported you through this journey? A: Everyone I have ever talked to. Even the critics. They all help keep my going and putting on a good show.
Treb is such a humble stock car driver. Greats such as Kenny Wallace, Mike Hammerlee, Bobby Bittle and Scott Bloomquest always comment on his manners and driving style. Treb is not only a great guy on the track but he is a huge supporter of his sponsors off the track. We appreciate having the opportunity to be a part of Treb’s success. Be sure to stop by and check out some of the Treb Jacoby J82 Race Wear and show off your support for him!