Dirt Late Model Vet Tim Hitt Passes At 55

SHINNSTON, W.Va. – Tim Hitt, the first Rocket Chassis house car driver, died unexpectedly Friday afternoon at the age of 55 after suffering a heart attack while golfing with friends. Rocket Chassis co-owner Mark Richards connected with Hitt in the early days of Rocket, with Hitt providing an engine and Rocket providing the car. “He won a lot of races and we bought better equipment, better engines. Steve Baker, co-owner of Rocket Chassis, remembers Hitt as a good friend to all that you could count on for anything, at the track or away. I’m not sure what the actual name of the race was, we just called it the old timers race,” Baker explained. “My earliest memories at the shop, traveling down the road, and learning to work on race cars, with him as the Rocket house-car driver.

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