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Bittner uses fan base as inspiration

PHOTO PROVIDED A glimpse of Bittner and his crew after an event earlier this summer.

If you find yourself at the Clinton County Speedway on a summer Friday night, you may see a black and lime green vehicle zooming around the lit-up track in Mill Hall.

Inside the either 270 or 600 micro sprint car is Beech Creek’s own Timmy Bittner, racing within the pack of drivers.

Bittner, who began his racing career at the age of 5, has an unrivaled fan base that follows him around. He has a solid following of fans, ranging from all ages, at all his events. According to Bittner, his faithful fans are what truly mean the most to him.

“It means a lot to me, and I appreciate them all,” Bittner said. “Love hearing how excited they get when I’m on the track.”

The 15-year-old Bittner, who won his first-ever state race when he was 6 years old, is both a competitor and a winner.

“I grew up watching my cousin Denny Fourney race and I just knew it was something I wanted to do,” regarding the start to his career.

Look no further than a race last month at the Clinton County Speedway. Bittner’s competitiveness and resiliency was on full display as he flipped his car when he was maneuvering through the race. Most drivers would have been out of competition due the unfortunate event, but not Bittner. Instead, he battled back and ended up snagging first place.

“It was a pretty cool experience,” Bittner said with a big smirk across his face in regard to flipping his car.

Bittner may be younger in age than his opponents, but his will to compete and shine brings him up to their level. Bittner said battling against older competition in almost every race he competes in pushes him to do his best.

His devoted pit crew that is along him each race consists of Jamie Kline, Gay Kline, Leon Peasley, Kyle McDonald, Den Fourney and his father Tim Bittner.

Outside of racing, Bittner’s hobbies include fishing and playing video games.

During Bittner’s most recent race last weekend, he finished fifth out of 25 drivers in the Mason Dixon 270cc and sixth out of 24 drivers in the Macri Concrete 600cc. Overall, throughout his career, he has over 100 wins, seven track championships and a state race win. He started running a 270 micro sprint in 2017. Since then, he’s had multiple wins and was the 2020 270 micro sprint track champion at Clinton County Speedway.

The ultimate goal for Bittner is to one day race in the World of Outlaws, the premier dirt sprint car racing series.

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