The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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August 16, 2013

Motorsports: Go-kart racer continues family tradition

By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

WINFIELD -- In keeping with the family tradition, Mike Trevitz is still winning races on dirt tracks around the Central Susquehanna Valley.

The 35-year-old, 1996 graduate of Selinsgrove High School, is the all-time leader at Selinsgrove Raceway Park with seven go-kart titles.

His uncle, Selinsgrove Speedway late model racer Kenny Trevitz along with his father, Jim Jr., and grandfather, Jim Sr., have won numerous go-kart races at the former Sunbury go-kart track.

In 12 races this year in the extra heavies division at SRP, Trevitz has won five times.

He works fulltime as a field operator in the oil industry.

His first memory of going to the races was to watch his grandfather, dad and uncle race go-karts in Sunbury.

He started working on his uncle's car in the early '90s and still works on the car when he is at home to this day.

"My dad and I do a lot of the set-up work on the car," he said. "Back in the early days, I used to scrape the mud off the car and I would hang out with the family at the garage."

Trevitz got the bug to get into racing in the winter of 1998. His first season was 1999.

He won the very first track championship in the Heavies division in 2001 at SRP. He went on to win the title again in 2002 and 2003.

In 2004, he moved to the extra heavies division and won the title the next four consecutive years.

The 2007 season was his last one of racing for a title.

"It wasn't getting to be fun anymore," he said. "You have to be there every week and as I was getting a little bit older, I started racing a little less."

His work schedule keeps him on the road for three weeks out of the month in north-central and northeast Pennsylvania.

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