Donald TheetgeSOUTH PARIS, Maine – For veteran Late Model racer Donald Theetge, reaching out to a good friend for a little help made perfect sense.

“The first time we made a deal together was in 2008,” Theetge said of the first time he met Crazy Horse Racing owners Mitch and Judy Green. “Mitch was at Thunder Road with a new chassis, and I decided in wintertime to build a brand new car. I had a good friendship with Mitch and Judy, so I went to them and in 2009 I won the championship on the ACT Castrol Series in that car.

“We were quick all year, and Mitch came here (to Quebec) for the last race of that season to help us win that championship. They’ve been a great help for us.”

So when Autodrome Chaudiere – a track close to Theetge’s Boischatel, Quebec, home – announced a three-race Super Late Model Triple Crown series with a hefty payday, Theetge turned again to Crazy Horse. Theetge will debut a brand new Crazy Horse Racing Super Late Model chassis for the first race of the Triple Crown series this Saturday, May 18.
Theetge plans on bringing the car to Oxford Plains Speedway on Friday to shake it down before making the trip to Autodrome Chaudiere Saturday.

“It’s a new challenge for us,” said Theetge, a two-time ACT Castrol Series champion with a series-record 18 career wins. “(Chaudiere) is not far from our house, so we were thinking that we’d build a new PASS car. Haven’t driven those cars in like 10 years. Last time I even practiced with a PASS car was in Unity, Maine, seven years ago, but the race at Montmagny was canceled so we didn’t get to race it.

“I’m excited to drive it at Vallee-Jonction. It’s a track I know and love, and I know a lot of the guys we’ll be in competition with.”

Knowing the track isn’t enough, and Theetge realizes it. With more than 35 cars pre-entered for the 150-lap event this weekend, qualifying alone will be difficult. It’s why Theetge is happy to have support from Crazy Horse – which not only built the car this spring, but also plans to prepare and maintain it between races.

Theetge is looking forward to having Mitch and Mickey Green’s knowledge at his disposal.

“I want to be right on the edge (of fast) with Mitch,” said Theetge, who said work and other racing commitments would have kept him from being able to field a Super Late Model completely on his own. “On the ACT Tour, we have experience and we are very fast. But this is a very different car. It was big for me that Mitch is going to prepare car with Mickey, who knows a lot of things from down South after working with Austin (Theriault).”

The goals for the first round of the Triple Crown are modest, according to Theetge. With the third and final race of the series slated for August – and with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch entered in that August event – he’d like to learn enough about the car this weekend to be able to compete for a win later this summer at Chaudiere.

“I saw my first PASS race at Chaudiere last year, and a lot of people can win those races,” Theetge said. “If we can qualify for the race and run in the Top-10 all day, that would be fine with us.

“I want to learn how to race with (the PASS teams), and have them learn how to race with us, too. But the first thing we have to learn is how to be fast in these cars. This will be a good test for us.”