By Jan Rahn
The Noyes family of Grant won’t have any trouble deciding what to do with spare time this summer—the family enjoys their time together at the race track.
Jason Noyes and wife, Ashleigh, attend as many as they can with their three children, Alexa, who is nine, sons Landon, seven, and Jace, nearly two.
“They all get listed as pit crew, even little Jace!” said Noyes, who has a great group of friends and sponsors to help out.
He explained his lifelong love for racing which began as a child. His grandmother took him to races all of the time.
“It was so much fun and created a lot of great childhood memories for me,” said Noyes.
Several years ago a few of his friends sparked that interest again and they began attending area races.
“The kids just loved it, and then the opportunity arose for me to purchase my own car, and the rest is history,” he said.
Every other Saturday the family can be found in Holyoke, Colo., at the Phillips County Raceway. Noyes also tries to catch races in McCook, North Platte, Ft. Morgan, Colo., and some in Kansas if it works out.
Making it possible to pursue his hobby, in addition to support from family, are Noyes’ dedicated friends and sponsors.
Those who help include his father, Dick Noyes, friends Delbert and Scott Bussell of Imperial, the Clough brothers from Wallace, Kip Bradley, and those he calls “my guys,” Mitchell, Skyler and Rocky. Racing is a very costly hobby, especially if you wreck, said Noyes. That is why sponsors play a big role, from helping with tire mounts and extra parts to money for purchasing equipment, safety gear, etc.
His current sponsors are HomeTown Agency, Sisco Fertilizer, Lamar Diesel, Adams Bank and Trust, Zeilinger Law Office, Ken’s Electric, Studio Designs, Plainsman Inn, Noyes Irrigation, Frenchman Valley Coop, McGreer Brothers, Inc., and Grant Pharmacy, along with a few other sponsors who wish to remain anonymous.
The prize Noyes covets most, beyond any money or trophies, is bragging rights.
Enjoying the sport of racing with his family is important to Noyes due to the busy lifestyle he and Ashleigh lead. Besides being occupied during this busy spring/summer season with his irrigation business, he is a member of the Grant Volunteer Fire Department. The family also owns Plainsman Inn Motel/RV Park and Studio Designs where all of the racing crew shirts, sponsor shirts, parade or event shirts are printed by Ashleigh at her shop in downtown Grant.
The proceeds from shirt sales at Studio Designs which support the race team will go toward cancer research in memory of Adam Spady.
Noyes invites the public to show up and support him at races this summer.