Many a graduating high school senior saves his part-time job paychecks and hits up Mom and Dad for help buying a car. Such was the case for John Hummel of Conesus, NY. But he wasn’t looking for a sleek street car that would impress the girls. Instead, he wanted a lean, mean racing machine. And that’s what he got.
The newest Team E3 Racing Tier 2 winner remembers fondly the 1974 Plymouth Duster he bought just after graduating from New York’s Livonia Central School with honors in 1984. It took him and is father two years to ready the car for Hummel’s first race at Williamson, NY’s Spencer Speedway. Hummel finished his debut race in second place and finished the racing season with two major bragging rights – qualifying for the 1987 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) North East Division Bracket World Finals and being nominated for Rookie of the Year at Motorcity Raceway (now New York International Raceway Park), finishing eighth place in the Street class.
Throughout the 1980s, Hummel would continue to dominate the drag racing tracks, racking up nearly 100 combined final round appearances and more than 50 wins. But his big national media break came in 1993, when he became the first ever two-time consecutive event Fun Ford Weekend Champion – a record that stands to this day. Other great racing moments for Hummel include 1994′s unprecedented third Fun Ford Weekend Championship; three consecutive All Ford Challenge Class Championships; and a second-place finish in the world’s largest sportsman drag race in 2005.
Hummel also is proud of his 2011 Competition Plus Magazines Sportsmanship Award and 2009 POPS Racing Outstanding Sportsmanship Award. Both take into consideration not just his racing talent but his community service as well. Over the years, he has devoted countless hours as a Livingston County, NY D.A.R.E. Programs volunteer; raising funds for the Teresa House, a comfort care ministry for the terminally ill, and the Golisano Children’s Hospital; and organizing and promoting events for the New York State Police Dept.’s Racing Against Drugs program.
“As I look back at my long career, I can say the best part of my racing success is that it puts me in a position to give something back to the community that has supported me so well over the past 27 years,” Hummel says.
It’s Hummel’s on-track talent as well as his heart for community service that helped land him the roster of Team E3 Racing winners. From all of us here at E3 Spark Plugs, congratulations and welcome to the team, John!