KENNY MINTER
1956 - 1995

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Kenny Minter began his racing career in 1981 on the dirt tracks of Virginia and North Carolina. He made his mark on Log Cabin Raceway and 311 Motor Speedway a couple years later when he drove to eleven wins in forty-five starts and claimed the division championship at Log Cabin and second in the series standings at 311 in 1983.

1984 saw Minter concentrate on 311 Motor Speedway. His eforts there earned him the division championship that eluded him the year before. He also raced a limited schedule at Log Cabin in a season that saw five wins,fourteen top 5 and 19 top 10 finishes.

Kenny's "family oriented" (his wife ,Pat and young son Kenny Jr. mom and dad for a crew and brother Donnie building engines) made the switch to asphalt in 1985. That first season on asphalt saw nine heat and two feature wins at Franklin County Speedway to get things going in the right direction. Kenny stayed the course with his asphalt program and was rewared with many wins and other division titles. 1991 alone saw 20 pole awards and nine feature wins against some of the toughest competition in the area.

1992 saw two early season wins, but the team was on the outlook for more mountains to climb. Near mid season, the team bought a Modified for competiton on the Southeren Modified Tour. Kenny ran five Modified races in "1992".

1993 marked his first full season on the Modified trail. In the nine event season, Minter notched two second place finishes and a sixth in the season standings. Those accomplishments earned Kenny the S.M.A.R.T. "Rookie of the Year" title.1994 saw a slight slip in season standings.Still the team earned a tenth in the year long standings.

Never one to sit and watch the grass grow,Kenny set out to improve his Modified team with the purchase of a new and better equipment. The finishes were not always what Kenny wanted but the competition was getting closer. Strong runs at several events were negated by minor "gremlins" but the team kept getting stronger and stronger.

Kenny spirits were dampened by the death of his father, Bernard, on October 3rd. from an apparent heart attack, but Kenny dedicated the next season event at Franklin County Speedway to his dad and nearly pulled off the win, leading the first 93 laps before a pit miscue dropped him to nineth in the final rundown in a race won by long time friend Jay Foley.

Kenny's last S.M.A.R.T. race was october 29th, 1995 at Caraway Speedway near Asheboro,NC. Minter was charging from the back of the pack due to a early pit stop for a cut tire, when his car and another touched entering turn three. The contact sent Kenny's car into the outside retaining wall. He was transported to Randolph Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead from head injuries.

The story doesn't end here. Minter was one of the fiercest competitors on the S.M.A.R.T. Modified tour and one of the strongest supporters. He always went that extra step to help with promotions. If the club or a local promoter needed help, kenny was almost always there and he was one of the main reasons for the return of the Modifieds to Franklin County Speedway.

S.M.A.R.T. has "retired from competition" the number 10 that Kenny used on his Modifieds. Kenny Minter was 39 and will be missed.


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