Fire Hits Sobotka Racing: Teams & More Come to their Aid – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

“Every racing part we had is gone,” said highly regarded Sportsman driver Zach Sobotka.

On Monday night, around six o’clock, a devastating fire tore through and destroyed Northern Coat and Blast in Parish N.Y. which is a powder coating and sandblasting company.

This was a family business owned by auto race supporting Mike and Terry Sobotka.

Zach told Dirt Track Digest, “They are my grandparents and everything with the business burnt to the ground. All of our racing stuff was kept there, but we were lucky enough to get the cars out.




Continuing he said, “Me, my dad, grandpa and a guy driving by helped get our two cars out of there.”

Zach has been surprised by the overwhelming support that the family has received, but in the racing world in Central New York the Sobotka name is well known and respected. For decades there has been a Sobotka behind the wheel at tracks like Brewerton, Fulton and Weedsport.

It’s too early to know everything that has been lost for the team, but Zach explained, “We are trying to figure out everything, but the main things we lost were a Mig welder, a Tig welder and a plasma cutter that will be hard to replace and at least $100,000 in tool boxes and tools that we will never be able to afford to replace.”

Continuing he said, “We have already found a place to keep the cars. They will be at the HBR shop and some companies have said they will try to help out with parts that we lost for the cars.”

Zach has opened up many eyes with his outstanding drives in recent years where he not only captured a huge payday at Devil’s Bowl in Vermont, but is the defending Super DIRT Week Sportsman champion.

The young driver has been touched as he said, “There are way too many race teams, businesses and individuals than you can count”, who have reached out to assist not only the race team, but his grandparents.

A GoFundMe account has been established by Mike and Terry’s daughter Ellicia under “Help Mike & Terry Sobotka (Northern Coat and Blast)” and as of early Tuesday evening over $7,000 had already been promised for the couple.