|Driver Profile: Jody
"Gater Boy" London
"Gater Boy" London
Profile excerpted from an article By Dan Hall
with edits by Tom Fecteau
London was born into racing. His dad, Dave,
was a Street Stock driver who raced over three
decades at several asphalt speedways and was a
past Street Stock Champion at Wyoming County
International Speedway. Most of Dave's racing
efforts were at Spencer Speedway and Vickie
Lee, Jody's mom, did promotional work for the
speedway. Together they managed Spencer's
banquet for many years.
race career began in 2000 driving an “Outlaw”
go kart. In his rookie season, Jody won the
B-Main championship. In 2001, Jody won his
first feature race and continued racing the
kart through 2003. Jody's moniker of "Gater
Boy" came from his weekend job of selling
the Gater Racing News at Spencer Speedway and
later at other NY asphalt speedways. A friend
of the family, Donna Fecteau, made him a
"Gater News" T-shirt to help grab
attention. It became natural for friends and
fans to holler out "Hey Gater Boy"
and the moniker stuck.
the end of 2004, Jody and his dad bought a
Modified that they converted to a SST Modified
for Spencer Speedway. With the car renumbered
89 to honor his Dad and a large "Vickie
Lee" sticker in remembrance of his Mom,
his maiden voyage would be all Jody had hoped
for. "They told me that I don’t have to
be the fastest, just finish the race."
That main event was action packed and Jody
ended up finishing fifth. Jody finished second
in the 2005 Rookie of the Year battle and 10th
main crewman is John Zimmerman, a fellow
karter who races at Paradise Speedway. I've
also received a variety of help from fellow
racers Matt Lees, Phil Johnson, Bob Ultch,
Alva English and Tom Fecteau. I want to
specially thank Artie Gladfelter for giving us
a motor to use for two seasons." Jody
also wants to thank his sponsors: Arrow
Kitchens in Webster, JABCO in Williamson,
Total Performance Motorsports in Ontario, and
Percy Motorsports in Williamson.
was a part time effort as his Dad's health
issues took away some of Jody's focus on
racing. With the passing of David in December,
Jody has set a goal of reproducing the color
scheme from one of his Dad's favorite cars.
"With the help of my friends, my Dad's
friends and my sponsors, I hope to bring back
the fun of racing in 2007."