Co-Owner of SS Green Light Racing| General Manager
A second-generation driver who began his racing career as a teen in the Chicago, Illinois area. His first race was in 1977 driving one of his dad's late model cars at the Waukegan Speedway and Raceway Park in Blue Island, Illinois. Success came instantly for the youngster, winning 23 late model features in his rookie year. He went on to win numerous division championships at the local tracks. In 1982 he moved to the ASA Series, honing his abilities at tracks throughout the Midwest. He won races in the ASA Series, All Pro Series and the All American Challenge Series before moving south to take on stock car racing's finest competitors.
Bobby worked his way into the NASCAR Busch Series where he scored a victory at New River Valley Speedway in 1992 and finished in the top-ten in the drivers point standings on several occasions. Over thirteen seasons, Dotter accumulated 209 starts with twelve top-fives and 42 top-tens.
In 2000, Bobby partnered with then team owner Gene Christensen and won 4 of the twelve races in the NASCAR Winston West Series, finishing second in the point standings.
Christensen's People Against Drugs team moved into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2001 where Bobby finished 15th in the drivers points standings and better that by one position the following season.
Dotter began to hand the wheel to younger drivers over the next few seasons as the team now known as Green Light Racing became a developmental hub for drivers looking to break into NASCAR's traveling ranks. Bobby eventually hung up his helmet to oversee the race-to-race operations of the growing team. Over the years many talented drivers have been behind the wheel of a Green Light Racing truck including Rich Bickle, Tim Sauter, Mike Bliss, Chad McCumbee, Butch Miller, Jason White, David Starr, and Ross Chastain.
In 2008, Indianapolis businessman Ken Smith bought out Christensen and brought his highly successful SS-Racing late model team to the Mooresville, NC race shop forming SS Green Light Racing and together Dotter and Smith have developed the team into a top-five contender each weekend in the NCWTS. In just the last two seasons the team has earned its first pole position , four top-fives and fifteen top-ten finishes. In 2010 both Jason White and David Starr finished in the top-ten in the drivers point standings.
SS Green Light Racing has made 313 consecutive NCWTS under Dotters guidance heading into a promising 2014 season back with Chevy as their primary manufacture and better more reliable power plants.
Over thirty years since his humble beginnings at a Chicago-area short track, Bobby Dotter is now one of the most familiar faces in the NASCAR garage. He has earned the respect of his fellow competitors with his hard work and common sense approach to managing and getting the most from his race teams.