|Team Profile: Our
"Pit Boss" - James Steingraber
James got the racing
bug like many of us by attending races as a young lad.
Around 1970 and living in Williamson and Sodus NY, his
family attended Spencer Speedway every Friday and
Fulton on Sunday nights (back when Fulton was an
asphalt track). Additionally, friends of the family
were in to drag racing, Rick Johnstone with a Gremlin
and Craig Himes with a Nova. They ran at Spencer on
Saturday nights. Jimmy's dad (Jim) and uncle (Dave)
got the bug to go racing in 1973 and chose the oval
tracks over the drags.
Jim's dad drove the #77, a '66 Impala and his uncle
had the #66, a '69 Impala. They were true "shade
tree mechanics" working on their Street Stocks in
the driveway during the week and racing Friday at
Spencer and Sunday at Fulton with an occasional trip
to Lancaster on Saturday. Racing was a passion but
family was also a priority and Jimmy's dad promised to
stop driving once a victory was achieved. That victory
came at Fulton around 1976 and the family returned to
being fans in the stands.
Jim Steingraber -
Several years later,
James would get more involved in racing through a good
friend and future racer, Dean DeMarree. Dean had been
a crew member on the Danny Mason #04 Late Model at
Spencer and Holland Speedway. In 2000 Dean was racing
a Street Stock at Spencer and Jim asked to start
helping and learning. It was a fun time working with
long time friends Pat Codwise and Brian Leimberger,
resulting in the Spencer Street Stock Championship for
Dean. In 2001 Dean drove a modified part of the year
as well as the street stock, unfortunately, surgery
stopped Jimmy's crew activities for the next few
During Jim's forced
"fan" role, he stayed in touch with a few of
the area racers. In the fall of 2006 Terry Cheetham
informed Jimmy that his team would be expanding in
2007 and we would welcome his help. Working closely
with Terry and Doug, Jim became part of our weekly
maintenance team and a key player on race days. James
has enjoyed learning more about the modifieds we race
and in 2008 continued to expand his role on the team.
We love his energy and spirit and it's reassuring to
know he is someone we can count on. We asked Jimmy on
several nights to also help with our affiliated teams
and he always tackled the challenges with gusto.
We gave our friend who
is also known as "Steimy" a new knick name
in 2008 – "Pit Boss". Jimmy really is a
jack of all trades and is always looking to learn
more. He's a take charge guy and is the first person
you'll see with a wrench in his hand. 2008 was a great
step forward for our team and the 5 cars we were
involved in. There was no way we could have even
thought of tackling so much without him.
James is especially
grateful to his "Lady" Veronica LaFave who
not only allowed him to give so much time to his
passion, but in 2008 became an additional hand in the
pits. When you can be involved in such a fun sport and
share it with those who are closest to us, life really
doesn't get much better.
Jim said "I hope
to enjoy many years with all these good people."
Jimmy, we do to.