Original Line Mountain racer retires
DORNSIFE – This weekend marked the 43rd Annual 7-Miler at the Line Mountain 4-Wheelers Club racetrack. It was also an emotional day for track owners, Dale and Betty Lenig.
Dale, the only remaining of the original brothers who created the annual event, raced his last race Saturday. 75-year-old Lenig has been racing since 1971, and decided that 2013 is his last year.
The race was attended by record numbers, with racers from as far away as Canada. A special ceremony was held Saturday night to honor Lenig, who club president TJ Lenig deemed a trailblazer. “Dale didn’t start racing until he was 35-years-old, but thanks to him, we were all able to do this at a younger age… We are going to miss him on the track,” TJ said.
Steven Weikel, former copilot of Lenig, said, “We sure had some fun. I’ll never forget the good times racing with Dale.”
Family and friends had tears in their eyes as Lenig put on his racing helmet for the last time. But cheers could be heard down the drag strip as the black jeep labeled “Timber Rattler” started the race.
When asked if he thinks anyone else will ever be on this track at 75-years-old, Lenig said, “Well, you never know.”
Lenig has been racing for over 40 years. He built his own machines, including the Sneaky Snake, The Minty, Hurricane Betty and the Timber Rattler. He also took his jeeps on the road, as far away as California, including the Mint 400 in Las Vegas. He recalls meeting some interesting people along the way, including Evil Knievel and Dan Haggerty.
“It’s been a good ride,” Lenig said.
Vehicles racing the track include modified jeeps, buggies, ATVs, dirt bikes and UTVs. The 7-Miler is one of three events held at the track each year. There is also the 3 ½ Miler in June and the Coal Bucket Race in July.
The Line Mountain 4-Wheelers Club is a non-profit group based in Dornsife. You can find more information about upcoming events online at www.lm4w.org. (Codi Jade)