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Joe Valento is a 16-year-old racer from Scandia MN. Joe started racing at the age of 8 years old where he competed in the Quarter Midget Association (QMA) series starting in 2013 and then added the USAC Quarter Midget Series in 2016. From the very beginning, the focus was not on winning local championships but to visit a variety of different tracks across the country and compete against the best drivers in the country during this developmental time in Joe’s racing career. In 2017 Joe was selected to be part of the 2018 Race Face NEXT Program as one of the top up and coming young racers in the country. The NEXT Class not only recognizes young drivers with remarkable driving skills but also drivers with the passion to learn what it takes to be successful off the track. In 2019 Joe drove for KBR Performance and finished his season with 4 top 5 finishes, 4th in points, and was the Midwest Truck Series Rookie of the Year. In 2020 Joe will continue with KBR Performance running in the Midwest Truck Series and will also be competing in select Carolina Pro Late Model Series events.

AGE: 16

RESIDES: Scandia, MN


  • Midwest Truck Series
  • Pro Late Models




  • First year racing in the Midwest Truck Series
  • 2 Fast Qualifier Award
  • 3 -1st Place Wins in Heat Races
  • 4 top 5 finishes in 9 starts
  • 7 top 10 finishes in 9 starts
  • Midwest Truck Series Rookie of the Year
  • Fourth place finish in Points


  • Micro-Sprints at the top tracks throughout the country
  • INEX Legend Cars with Tim Brockhouse and Great North Legends
  • Signed with Race Face Brand Development
  • Testing for the Midwest Truck Series
  • Career Consulting with Ranier Racing Development


  • 2017 Vegas Winter Nationals 3 Race Wins
    3 Pole Awards
  • Winter Nationals Championship 4th in Heavy
    Animal, 3rd Heavy World Formula
  • Signed with Justin Posey Development for the
    2017 Season


  • Ran 3 cars on the National USAC .25 Midget Series
  • USAC Fall Nationals Champion, Senior Animal
  • Multiple USAC Heat and A-Main wins
  • Multiple USAC Pole Awards and Track Fast Times


  • Elko Speedway 2nd in Senior Honda & 3rd in
    Senior Animal
  • Cedar Lake Indoor Championships Light 160
    and Light World Formula
  • 30 feature wins at Cedar Lake
  • 13 feature wins at Little Elko Speedway



  • Cedar Lake Speedway Light 160 Dirt
  • Elko Speedway Championship Senior Honda
    3rd Place
  • Elko Speedway Championship Senior Animal
    3rd Place
  • Added a second car


  • First year in a .25 Midget
  • First, win on the dirt
  • First Pavement win and Fast Time Novice Class



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Joe will be driving for KBR Performance which is owned and operated by Kelly Bires who drove for both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Jr Motorsports. Kelly now operates a full-service race program for developmental drivers by supplying top-notch cars, trucks, fabrication and race day support. Kelly also assists in on-track training for young drivers. This is one of the best programs in the country for young drivers trying to make it to one of NASCAR’s top series.

Joe will be competing in select Legend Car Races for Great North Legends with 10 Time World Champion Tim Brockhouse. Great North Legends is a Full-Service Legend development “Arrive and Drive” program that includes coaching, car transportation, car setup, maintenance, and trackside support. Our "TEAM" approach provides our drivers and crews the greatest opportunity for unlimited success.

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