• Bill Raines

Five Mitchell Firefighters to Work NASCAR Races Tomorrow at Indy Racetrack

MITCHELL - JULY 28, 2022 - A opportunity of a lifetime for five Mitchell Volunteer firefighters who will be working an NASCAR series race tomorrow.


From left to right: Mitchell Firefighter Jarod Zins,Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Coble, and Daniel Rasche, not pictured Shawn Greensides, and Lt. Travis Gratzer


Thanks, to Lt. Travis Gratzer, who already races SPRINT cars answered NASCAR request to find certified firefighters to help work the races.


About a month ago, NASCAR put out a request for certified firefighters to help work the upcoming ARCA MAX and NASCAR Series Camping World Truck Race Friday night at the Lucas Raceway Park.


" This is not every day that you get to do this kind of thing, and the guys here are excited about being able to do this," said Daniel Rasche, Mitchell Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical Responder.


The firefighters spent 17 hours training through Modules of written exams and spent a whole day on Practical Skills to be able to respond to various emergencies on the racetrack.


The training included Extrication, Firefighting, Recovery, and Emergency Medical Responses.


According to the men, they will be heading out this evening, and their day will begin at 9:00 a.m. for a track side service meeting. Gratzer will also be serving as a crew chief on the tool truck.


Three of the men will be working at various places on the racetrack, and the other two men as stand-by when needed. Emergency crews will be ready for any emergency arising from the Qualifying, and Practice Races throughout the day on Friday.


The ARCA MAX race will begin at 6:00 p.m. and NASCAR Truck Series beginning at 9:00 p.m.


Mitchell Volunteer Firefighter Jarod Zins works a race last weekend at the Salem Speedway


" This training will allow the men to work at any Race series on this circuit," said Jarod Zins who also is the brother to Daniel Rasche.


The NASCAR Truck return to the Lucas Oil Raceway Park for the first time since 2011. In addition to the race on Friday, the Brickyard Verizon 200 will be as Part-time Cup driver AJ Almendinger will defend his title on the Grand Prix Circuit.


This weekend, should be a fun time for race fans.


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