Driver Bio: Mitch King

Mitch King’s strong work ethic developed in his youth under the guidance of his father and grandfathers from whom he learned many skills and life’s lessons as a youngster. Mitch’s first jobs outside the family business in high school were at Good-Year Tire & Rubber and Nash Automotive to help cure his early craving for mechanical knowledge.

After graduating from Ball High School in 1979 Mitch moved on to diesel mechanics and parts sales for the next two years and still found time to cure his craving for horsepower by building, restoring, and racing 1969 Camaros. In 1981, Mitch returned to the family candy business La King’s Confectionery, which is located on the historic Strand, to pursue the wholesale manufacture of candy and ice cream with his father Jack King.

Over the next ten years Mitch spent countless hours helping the growth of the family business while still feeding his need for speed at the local racetrack with his street rods and Super Gas cars as quick as 9.90.

A chance meeting at the 1991 Chief Autoparts Nationals in Dallas between Mitch and at that time current Top Fuel racer Butch Blair sparked at lifelong dream to become a Top Fuel driver. A desire that had begun back in 1975 at Green Valley Raceway where he experienced nitro burning racecars for the first time. Over the next five or six years King learned the pros and cons of competitive Top Fuel racing and eventually earned the top spot on the team, crew chief. During those years the team placed sixth in points two years in a row in IHRA and earned one IHRA national event win at the Empire Nationals in New York over then Top Fuel Champion Doug Herbert.

 

During this same time period Mitch purched his first nitro racecar the “Bone Bucket” AA/Fuel Altered. Mitch earned his Alcohol Funny Car then Top Fuel Funny Car license in this car making passes at many west coast dragstrips. In 1996 Mitch was forced with the toughest decision of his life, to go racing or devote time to family in his wife’s fight over breast cancer. 1998 was the year Mitch’s life took a major turn. In January Mitch bought out his father and assumed full posession of the La King’s Confectionery. In May Mitch lost his wife of ten years, Katherine Schroeder King, to her fight with breast cancer. The following year and a half was dedicated to his son Jeffrey, business and recovery. In late 1999, with encouragement from friends and fans Mitch decided to make a return to the track with his fuel altered and renew his license. Mitch’s return to competition was at Lone Star Raceway in Sealy, Texas at the Outlaw Fuel Altered Nationals. This event resulted in a catastrophic fire, which forced Mitch to seriously consider his options. Mitch went with his gut instinct and stayed with racing and in 2000 won the Outlaw Fuel Altered Championship, which brought on good things for the future.

Long time friends and financial supporters teamed up to form Mitch King Motorsports, Inc, a closely held corporation. A Top Fuel chassis and ex. John Force transporter and rig were purchased and soon after Mitch obtained his Top Fuel license in 2001. Competing in his NHRA national event debut, the 2002 O’Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston, Mitch defeated then NHRA Top Fuel Champion Larry Dixon in 1st round. The highlight of 2003 was qualifying at the 49th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals with a career best elapsed time and speed, 4.68 at 312 mph. This was the quickest NHRA Top Fuel field at the time.

In 2004, Mitch finished eighteenth of forty six in the NHRA Powerade points series after attending 12 of 23 events. In Columbus, Ohio Mitch took out points leader and number one qualifyer Brandon Bernstein in 1st round. Mitch also won two Outlaw Fuel Altered events with the “Bone Bucket.”

2005 brought a very busy season for the Mitch King Motorsports team. Mitch finished 17th in points after attending twenty of twenty three NHRA Top Fuel events and took out Cory Mac in first round at Brainerd. Mitch also ran selected events on the IHRA Top Fuel tour and Outlaw Fuel Altered circuit. Mitch took the crown at the AHRA World Finals in Spokane, Washington and notched another Outlaw Fuel Altered victory to end the 2005 racing season. A very busy yet successful tour.

This year Mitch welcomes Sunset Cove Galveston and Bexar Waste to the team. Mitch has moved into a new shop on the island and has some new goodies in store!