Wright City, MO- When the trucks hit the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, they will all have one thing in common, a tribute decal to MB Motorsports founder Mike Mittler. Mittler’s hard fought battle with cancer came to an end with his passing on Friday, May 10th.
Racing was a big part of Mike Mittler’s life for half a century. “I’ve always loved racing and got involved in 1968,” Mittler said in 2011. “Through local races I got to know the Wallace family. I worked on the crew that helped Rusty Wallace become the USAC stock car Rookie of the Year and 1983 ASA Champion. We ran some NASCAR Busch races and did a few Cup events as well. When Rusty moved south, I started helping Kenny Wallace and was with him when he was crowned the 1986 ASA Rookie of the Year.”
During his early years in racing, Mike worked at Fran’s Chassis Engineering in St. Louis. “We built drag race cars from pro stocks to top fuel and funny cars,” he explained. Mike, along with brother, Paul, founded Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool Company in 1980. It was a gamble, but Mike Mittler’s life has always revolved around building things. “I like the challenge and satisfaction of putting things together, and reaching a goal.” Whether it’s building a race car or a business, Mittler enjoys the process of seeing dreams come true.
Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool has grown to employ more than 60 highly-skilled machinists and support personnel in Wright City, Missouri (40 miles west of St. Louis). The plant includes the latest computer controlled design and machining equipment. Products, including auto racing tools and performance components, are sold across America, as well as in Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.
The company took the next step in racing by starting its own team. In July 1995, at the historic Milwaukee Mile, MB Motorsports made its debut. Over the next 23 years, MB Motorsports gained the reputation for bringing young and talented drivers into NASCAR racing. The list of drivers who have piloted trucks for Mike Mittler is impressive: Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Justin Algaier, Regan Smith, Bobby Pierce, Garrett Smithley, Spencer Boyd and many more.
And while Mike built a reputation for grooming young talent on the track, his racing presence in race shops was even stronger, as one would be hard pressed to find a shop that hasn’t used Mittler Brothers equipment at some point. In addition, he served as President of the National Tooling and Machining Association and spoke before Congress not once, but twice.
Mike was the racer’s racer and will be missed by all who knew him.
— CM2 Commander Motorsports Marketing —
All the @NASCAR_Trucks teams will carry this decal Friday night at @CLTMotorSpdwy as they pay tribute to our leader, Mike Mittler. Thanks to all who helped make this happen. We will miss him greatly. pic.twitter.com/Shm74356Dz
— MB Motorsports (@MBMotorsports) May 16, 2019