Sandy Bate was born on November 1, 1969 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Her earliest memories of Flemington Speedway are of watching her dad, John Menzak Jr. racing at Flemington in the back of her uncle’s 1947 green Ford pickup truck, and trying to fall asleep in the back seat of her mom’s 1969 Chevelle in the infield after standing on its roof to watch the races. Sandy’s brother John started racing go-karts at the age of 12, which is how the family-owned Sportsman and Modified cars raced at Flemington Speedway over the years got their number 12. Having been a pit crew member on her brother’s team for years, Sandy also raced a #12 in the enduro races at Flemington for a few seasons as well. Realizing that being a race car driver was not going to be a career, Sandy did enjoy success in the horse show ring at Flemington Fair Speedway, earning Grand Champion of Show in both the English and Western divisions in multiple years during the Fair. Sandy’s most memorable time at Flemington Speedway was when her brother John Menzak III won the NASCAR modified feature at the 1998 Stevens Beil / Genuine Car Parts 200 Craftsman Truck race in front of the largest crowd on-hand at Flemington Speedway ever!
Sandy earned a BS in both Chemistry and Business from Arcadia University. She resides in Holland Township with her family.