Tom Jewell (known as T.J. in the racing community) is from Vandalia, MI, and has been racing nearly 50 years. T.J. met his wife at the race track, and admits that a fellow racer who eventually became his father-in-law has been his biggest inspiration. Through the years, T.J. has competed in Super Modified events (back then, they had wings), Late Models, Sprint cars on dirt, and Modifieds on asphalt. He just recently moved up to Sprints on asphalt, and competes primarily in Winged, and occasionally, Non-Winged events in car #7. T.J. is enjoying retirement after working as a manager for a company that repairs the huge batteries used in fork-lifts. He lives on a lake, and enjoys fishing and boating when he isn’t racing, playing Texas Hold’em, and camping with his family.