Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Hobbies: Oklahoma University sports
Donnie Wilson may have four businesses to run, but racing always finishes first.
The 40-year-old started his career at the age of eight running four wheelers in his native Oklahoma City. From there, Wilson continued his run on dirt as he moved into the Mini Sprint, Sprint and eventually full-bodied stock car divisions. In just four years in stock cars, Wilson had won 25 out of the 80 races he competed in.
As Wilson grew older, his father decided that it was time he moved away from dirt and onto asphalt. In 2000, he made the leap into Super Late Model competition with the ROMCO Series based in Texas. The very next year, he was crowned the 2001 ROMCO Series Champion.
After returning to the ROMCO series on a part-time basis in 2002, Wilson was faced with hard times. Several tornadoes hit his hometown, forcing him to sit out the next two seasons of competition. When he returned to the scene, ROMCO was winding down and Wilson was left looking for new places to race.
His search brought him to the famous short tracks of Mobile, Ala. and Pensacola, Fla. Wilson would make the 700+ mile trip to either speedway twice a year for the next five years.
In 2008, Wilson hired renowned Late Model competitor Dave Mader III to direct the team. With Mader’s help, Wilson finished fourth at that year’s Winchester 400 and third at the All-American 400 after leading the race.
The next year Wilson and team laid low, preparing for the 2010 season. At the start of the 2010 season Wilson added legendary racer Freddie Query to his crew. Later in the season it became a family affair as Query’s son, Alex came onboard as well.
With the jolt of new blood, Wilson made a charge on the track. At the end of 2010, he earned the fourth in the Blizzard Series points and finished second at the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby.
The 2011 season found a strong run early at the CRA Super Series Rattler 250 where he finished second. Several strong runs kept Wilson in the hunt and he capped off the year with a fourth at the Florida Governor's Cup 200.
Fans looking to see Donnie Wilson race this season need to look no further than wherever the best Super Late Models are racing.