CALIFORNIA RACE TEAM SUFFERS MAJOR LOSSES IN BURGLARY!
(Perris, CA, February 17, 2014) Leading
California late model team Bartels Racing suffered devastating
losses when their race shop was burglarized late last Friday
night or early Sunday morning.
The thieves got away with three complete late model race
engines, one Pro Power short block, parts for a modified
engine, a custom built Harley Hot Rod Car, a red F-250 truck,
a Bartels Racing enclosed trailer, tools & machines, XR 50
Honda pit bike and more. The theft took place in Los Angeles
County on the border between the cities of Gardena and
The stolen parts are from the late models driven by Bill &
Nick Bartels, Mike Kirby and Carla Laney and the modified
raced by Cody Laney.
“We hope someone recognizes the stuff and calls us,” an
exasperated Carla Laney said on Sunday night. “If somebody
sees something that could be stolen from us, please give us a
call. We have serial numbers.”
Anyone with information can call Laney at 310 941-0433 or
Kirby at 310 806-5889.
“If somebody offers you a $30,000.00 engine for $1,000.00, you
know it is hot,” Dave Stall said on his San Diego Motorsports
radio show on Sunday night. “There is no excuse for stealing
somebody else’s property. I hate thieves. If anybody in the
San Diego area sees or knows anything about this theft, please
contact me immediately at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian, where all of the
drivers from the team have raced at one time or another over
the years, also chimed in on the theft.
“This really stinks,” Kazarian said. “These are good people
who work hard so they can race. I certainly hope they get all
of their stuff back in the same condition as it was when it
was stolen. And, I hope the criminals who perpetuated this are
caught and convicted for their crimes.”