59 Year Old Bill Prietzel Will Live His Dream of Racing in NASCAR at Road America

By Brian Berg Jr.

R3 Motorsports has named 59-year-old Bill Prietzel driver of the No. 23 Chevy in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sargento 200 at Road America, Saturday June 23rd.  The No. 23 has been piloted by Robert Richardson Jr. this season and is currently 30th in the owner standings.  Lynch Superstore in Burlington, WI is sponsoring Bill this weekend.

Most NASCAR fans dream about racing in NASCAR.  Some fans get to race Stock Cars at many of the short tracks around America.  Those fans get a taste of what NASCAR racing is like and have more vivid dreams.  Bill Prietzel gets to live out his dream this weekend racing at a track he knows well and has won at before.

Bill Prietzel “The Franklin Flyer” is an old school racer from the land of Matt Kenseth.  He has been racing at the short tracks of Wisconsin from the early 1970s.  He earned a Sportsman Division Championship in 1977.  Bill has had some success racing in the Mid American Stock Car Series where he won championships in 2000, 2003 and 2005.  Bill currently is fifth in points.  He has also had some success racing in the Trans Am America’s Road Racing Series with a second place finish last year at Sebring.  He has also won at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course and Road America with an ASA car.

Bill Prietzel is looking forward to practicing the No. 23 Chevy and getting it properly set up for Road America.  Since the car is locked into the race by owner points he will not have to concentrate on qualifying set ups, only race set ups.  That will help him compete against the other teams in the race.

Like all old school racers Bill works by day, races at night and the weekends.  By day he runs Prietzel’s Quality Auto Repair Inc. in West Allis, WI.  When he is not doing that, he is racing.  What he is racing depends on the weekend or schedule.  This weekend he is proud to be back racing at Road America for R3 Motorsports in a NASCAR Nationwide Series car.  He is hoping to do well so that he may get more chances to live out his dream.

Brian Berg Jr. is the Lead NASCAR writer for RantSports.com

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