list all of Tim Shaffer’s championships in motorsports would take
much more than space permits. Suffice to say, the Hopewell High
graduate has won more than 100 feature races in his career that
started when he was a mere ten years old in 1977 running go carts.
Now 43, Tim is among the best drivers in the nation in sprint
racing, having finished 2010 ranked second in the nation. He has
raced, and won, throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia.
He has been featured on the cover of several racing magazines and
publications, and has been seen on the Speed TV Network.
Tim’s start in sprint car racing began at age 15. One year later, he
was named Rookie of the Year at the Sharon Speedway. Since 1993, his
career has been on a virtual roll. That year he won the Lernerville
Speedway Track Championship and the Busch Shootout, a series run
between Lernerville and the Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.
In 1994, Tim was named the All-Stars Circuit of Champions Rookie of
the Year while finishing a respectable tenth in the points
championship. His wins, and legacy, have grown exponentially.
In 1999, Tim began running with the World of Outlaws. That first
year, he won the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, and
finished ninth in point standings. He became known as the "Steel
In 2001, Tim won feature races in Indiana, Oregon, North Carolina,
California and Pennsylvania. The next year he finished fifth in
points and won big races in Washington, California and Texas.
In 2006, Tim suffered a terrible accident at the Knoxville Raceway
in Iowa. He broke his C1 vertebrae and was sidelined for the season.
He resumed his racing in 2007 without missing a beat. He finished
9th in World of Outlaws points.
Since 2008, Tim has had a remarkable run of success. He has won in
Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, South Dakota and Pennsylvania, Florida, West
Virginia, Michigan and New York. He finished 19th in World of Outlaw
points and tenth in tenth in All-Star Circuit of Champions standings
Tim won the Circuit of Champions point title in 2009 and 2010. He
also won the "North East Open Cockpit Award" for most feature wins
in 2010, with 21. One of those was at Knoxville, where Tim won the
national event at the 50th annual championship race last August, the
crown jewel of the sport.
Tim resides in Hopewell with his wife Debbie and son, Timothy.