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Truck Series staple, team owner Mike Mittler, has died

Mike Mittler, a longtime team owner in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, has died. He was 67.  Mittler’s passing was confirmed by multiple sources. His team indicated last fall that Mittler had been fighting cancer.

Mittler’s MB Motorsports team was heralded as a launching pad for many aspiring drivers, some of whom reached the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray and Regan Smith were among the 49 drivers on MB Motorsports’ all-time roster under Mittler’s watch.

Mittler is credited with 301 career starts as a team owner in the Gander Trucks circuit, dating back to the inaugural season in 1995.