Gary was born in Butler, PA., in 1957. Is an electrician by trade, and currently works as a project manager for Westmoreland Electric. He started his first driving interest in van shows and customizing of vans in the mid 70's thru the mid 80's. He then turned his interest to restoring vintage Chevy 4-wheel drives. In 1988, his brother-in-law introduced him to the world of mud racing, which was starting to take shape in Western PA. In his first year, Gary quickly pounced on the opportunity to start out in the open class, which was the most competitive. By today’s standards, this would have been considered Class 3. During his first year, he won several races in non-sanctioned events across PA. During this time, he worked with other mud racers and promoters to establish the Western PA. Mudboggers Association. Elected president that first year, he assisted with establishing the standard set of rules for all classes.
Early 90's, finding the need for more of a challenge, he began looking into sanctioned events, such as NMRO. Showed up at his first event with Gary Baker, and preceded to have his butt kicked! At that time he knew to gain the speed / horsepower he craved it was time to move from injected to "BLOWN"!!! He put a 528 Keith Black Hemi together and started running NMRO in 1992, which he has now done roughly 16 years. Over time, with continued changes to be more competitive, he’s won several events, and has finished in the top 5 in both Class 5 and Class 6. He’s still looking for the elusive championship, and looks forward to running events in West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, PA, and wherever else the mud might draw him
Always keeping safety in mind, Gary has been diligent in keeping the "team" as safe as possible, and is well known to advise others of the need to update and take the necessary steps to keep current with the technology that is available today.
Gary sends out thanks to the many involved over the years of competition, friendships, and great times. The fact that you can turn to anyone in the pits, and know that they will gladly pitch in if you need some help, makes this a great sport! A special thanks to Dale, Alf, Chuck and his girlfriend Deb, for all of their dedication and support.