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Are the Merrifields from ‘Seeking Sister Wife’ Still Together?

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About “Seeking Sister Wife”

TLC added “Seeking Sister Wife” to its roster of programs in January 2018, since when viewers have come to love or loathe famous polygamist couples such as the Joneses, the McGees, and the Snowdens. As the title implies, these couples are actively seeking to add new sister wives to their family unit, which at first glance appears simpler than it really is.

Garrick and Dannielle Merrifield, who we’ll be focusing on today, have been one of the show’s most controversial couples to date, and have somewhat become the villains of the series. We’ll be answering the burning questions that everyone’s been asking: are the couple still together? What happened with Roberta? Did Garrick and Dannielle work through their jealousy and trust issues?

Garrick and Dannielle

Garrick and Dannielle Merrifield hail from Colorado, and share two sons named Solomon and Geremiah. The couple joined “Seeking Sister Wife” in its third season, and became polygamists after being in a happily monogamous relationship for over a decade; unsurprisingly, Garrick was the one who suggested the change – well, there’s almost no such thing as ‘brother husbands’.

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Both adults appeared happy at first to practice polygamy, albeit for different reasons. As Garrick said in the season four premiere, he and Dannielle felt that God had “led” them towards polygamy, whereas Dannielle is interested in having a big family with plenty of love and babies to go around.

Although their outlook on polygamy was a positive one, the Merrifields’ experience with Roberta was anything but. Garrick and Dannielle met Roberta on an online dating site during the filming of season three. The glamorous Brazilian native and the Colorado couple got on like a house on fire, so much so that the Merrifields put their children and jobs on the backburner, and travelled to Brazil on several occasions during the courtship phase.

Trouble arose when Roberta accepted Garrick’s proposal, as she could only enter the USA with a K-1 visa, which viewers of “90 Day Fiancé” will be familiar with. A K-1 visa is necessary for the fiancés of American citizens to enter the country, but only if the couple become legally married within three months; if not, then the foreign fiancé is forced to return to their home country – permanently.

However, Garrick and Dannielle had already been legally married for years. After much persuasion, Dannielle reluctantly divorced Garrick – and rescinded all her legal rights as his spouse – so that Roberta could obtain her visa and legally marry Garrick. Although Garrick and Dannielle remained spiritually married, she found it hard to get used to the sudden shift in the dynamics of their relationship, and began having regrets about the decision she’d taken: so much so, that many were waiting for the couple to split up.

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Despite the rumors, Garrick and Dannielle are still together. In fact, her Instagram handle is @wifey_merrifield and her bio on the social media platform proudly describes her as a wing woman to her husband and mother to two amazing boys. The couple brought in the new year together with a celebratory video in which they shared a romantic kiss and toasted with champagne – but Roberta was nowhere to be seen.

As it happens, Roberta pretty much ghosted the naïve Merrifields after getting her K-1 visa. In season four, the Brazilian native’s mother began having health issues, and Roberta stayed in her home country to take care of her. After over a year passed without seeing their sister wife, Garrick and Dannielle decided to look for another one – although they had no intentions of replacing Roberta.

However, Roberta was anything but pleased to hear that a third wife would be joining the family, especially before she’d had a chance to settle into her new life with the couple. It appears that Roberta wanted to get used to the US and living with the Merrifields first, and when Garrick revealed that he was courting a new woman and had even gone on dates with her, she was furious.

The situation took a turn for the worse when the Merrifields returned to Colorado and received a text message from Roberta which was addressed to Dannielle. Roberta spoke of feeling excluded, and strangely cited cultural differences as the reason for her negative attitude towards a third sister wife. It’s also possible that she felt that Garrick and Dannielle replacing her, but whatever the case, she ceased all communication with the Merrifields from then on.

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Ironically, it was Dannielle’s idea to introduce a third wife to the family so that there would be more balance. When things with Roberta didn’t work out, the couple began courting Lea, a nurse and single mother residing in California. Lea had been brought up in a polygamous family, and was also in a polygamous relationship with one of her previous partners… but when Garrick and Dannielle flew to California to visit her, all parties realized that their expectations were incompatible.

During a dinner date, Lea said: “I work in the hospital for 8 to 12 hours. I don’t feel like I should have to come home and do laundry and cook.” Obviously, Garrick liked the idea of being taken care of by another wife, whereas Dannielle wanted help around the house and with her children. As Lea had no intentions of doing so, she promptly ended the courtship.

Many viewers of “Seeking Sister Wife” are hoping that Garrick and Dannielle split up, as since they began practicing polygamy, she’s become jealous and insecure despite immersing herself into her new plural marriage as best as possible. Viewers also think that Garrick doesn’t care about Dannielle, as he remained impassive when she broke into tears after signing divorce papers, so that he could marry Roberta.

Both Garrick and Dannielle have also been accused of being controlling, as Lea said that she didn’t feel that she had any choice in the relationship, adding: “It didn’t feel as genuine as I was hoping for. It was kinda really your way or the highway.”

There has been much speculation about the Merrifields’ possible return to “Seeking Sister Wife” for a fifth season, but for now, nothing has been confirmed regarding the definitive cast members.

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What happened to Tonya on “Little Women: LA”?

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“Little Women: LA”

Known as the show that spawned the “Little Women” franchise, “Little Women: LA” is a Lifetime reality series that premiered in May 2014. The principal cast members are women who were born with dwarfism and live in Los Angeles; to date, the show has run for eight seasons and boasts over 135 episodes.

The main cast members are Terra Jolé, Tonya Banks, Elena Gant, Christy McGinity, and Briana Manson. Secondary cast members include Traci Tsou, Jasmine Sorge, Brittney Guzman, and Mika Winkler.

Tonya Banks

Tonya Renee Banks hails from Carson, California, and was born in July 1964. Prior to starring in “Little Women: LA”, Tonya was already a seasoned actress and stuntswoman with decades of experience in the industry.

Some of Tonya’s notable projects include “Bad Santa”, “Death to Smoochy”, and “The Internship Games”; after appearing in the last film, she made history as the first little person to be the female lead of a movie.

Although Tonya isn’t doing much acting these days, she’s successfully switched over into the entrepreneurism lane with her own activewear line, “Lil Boss Body Activewear”. The “Little Women” alum also has a wine line, “L’Tonya Renee Red Blend Wine”.

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The multi-skilled reality star recently started her own production company, One Bossey Productions LLC., and is also the CEO. In 2017, Tonya was thrilled to accept the MCPA Award for Most Diverse TV Moment; in the past, she also opened up about her difficulties in becoming one of the first little black women to break out in Hollywood.

If that wasn’t enough, Tonya is also a budding author, with one book to her name: “It’s Not What You’re Called, It’s What You Answer To”. The savvy businesswoman has also recently started to sell her own angel cinnamon spread via her website; however, it remains to be seen whether Tonya will delve deeper into the world of cuisine by releasing more food products.

The star’s multiple revenue streams guarantee that, even if she were to leave the “Little Women” franchise, she wouldn’t be hurting for money. For a while, Tonya has been accepting bookings for personal appearances, public speaking gigs, and even the occasional hosting.

However, Tonya sparked concern amongst her fanbase after she revealed that she had been battling Bell’s palsy, which is paralysis or weakness of the facial muscles. The reality star had previously been seen out and about sporting an eye patch; blaming her condition on stress, she spoke on the isolation that she felt as a consequence.

Treatment for Bell’s palsy normally involves taking steroids; those suffering from the condition can take up to two months to make a full recovery. In one episode of “Little Women: LA”, Tonya and her costar Elena Gant went for a cryotherapy session, thinking that it might help. Though Tonya hasn’t provided fans with any health updates recently, internet sources report that she has since made a full recovery.

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As for Tonya’s love life, she was in an on-and-off relationship with Kerwin Johnson for close to three decades, and share a daughter named Angelique Johnson who was born in 1992 and prefers to stay out of the limelight. Fans rejoiced when Tonya and Kerwin became engaged in the sixth season of “Little Women: LA”, but sadly they revealed in the season seven premiere that they’d called the engagement off, and eventually broke up for good.

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The cast members of “Little Women” have been embroiled in several scandals over the years. Briana Renee’s estranged husband, Matt Grundhoffer, was accused of sexual assault in 2018. The assault allegedly took place while he was working at the Child Study Treatment Center, when Matt’s patient was a minor.

During court proceedings, the court ordered Matt’s medical records and other personal information. News outlets claim that the defendants – namely, the Department of Social and Health Services and the Child Study and Treatment Center – filed for a protective order against the plaintiff. Matt’s alleged victim, who preferred to remain anonymous, claims to have been an underage patient when Matt was working at the treatment center as a counselor from September 2009 to November 2010, when the assault allegedly took place.

According to the plaintiff and her legal team, she was groomed by Matt during their counseling sessions, progressing from a romantic relationship to a sexual one. Based on his “position of authority and trust”, the plaintiff allegedly became emotionally dependent on Matt, which is when she was taken advantage of by him.

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Months earlier, Briana had already filed for divorce from Matt after news outlets began reporting on his horrifying sexting scandals. She also requested a domestic violence restraining order against him a fortnight after the incident. Apparently, Briana found graphic texts on her husband’s phone in which he and other women spoke of bestiality and proposed sex acts with minor children. A few months later, a judge granted a five-year restraining order.

Although Briana was lucky in love the second time round and married her boyfriend just two months after divorcing Matt, she was forced to leave the “Little Women” franchise due to the negative effect Matt’s behavior was having on her brand. Even before the sexting incident and alleged assault of a minor, Matt was a well-known philanderer, and Briana had already broken up with him at least twice.

Terra Jolé, who is white, also made headlines after announcing that she’d partnered up with the Black Girl Moscato brand. The reality star was hesitant to tell her friends about it due to the brand’s controversial name, and an inter-racial discussion ensued almost as soon as she announced the big news. Tonya, in fact, walked out of the room as soon as Terra revealed her new partnership, despite Terra herself asking her to be the face of the wine. African-American viewers also lambasted Terra online, with Tonya’s strong reaction causing Terra to walk away from the business deal shortly afterwards.

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What happened to Kirsten Storms? Health Update

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Kirsten Storms

The talented Kirsten Storms, who is known for her work in the “Zenon” trilogy, “Johnny Tsunami”, and “Kim Possible”, was born in April 1984 in Orlando, Florida, USA. During her childhood, she and her family moved between Casselberry, Sanford, and Kissimmee, together with Kirsten’s three siblings: half-brother Chris, brother Austin, and sister Gretchen. Her parents are Karen and Mike Storms, a WKMG-TV sportscaster.

According to Kirsten herself, she always dreamed of being a soap opera actress, and told one of her first agents so when she was just five years old. “No one took me seriously,” she reminisced in an interview years later. “But I knew, even though I hadn’t actually watched one, it was something I always wanted to do.”

Kirsten was discovered by a talent scout at aged five, after convincing her parents to enroll her in acting classes. She was inspired to try her luck in the entertainment industry after visiting her father at work, and her parents were evidently more than happy that she pursue her dreams. The talent scout then suggested that Kirsten enroll in an intensive New York-based acting camp aimed at children.

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Work was scant at first, with Kirsten in minor roles in a handful of commercials. Eventually, she scored a lead role in “Sing Me a Story with Belle”, and a recurring role in “Second Noah”. In 1996, she and her family moved to Los Angeles for better work opportunities, and soon afterwards, she was cast as Laura Cummings in “7th Heaven”.

However, the turning point in Kirsten’s career was when she was cast as the title character in “Zenon: Girl of the 21st century”. At the time, the movie made history by having the largest rating for any Disney Channel original movie. From then on, TV movies and family shows became the Floridian’s forte, although she appeared in other Disney projects doing voiceover work or in supporting roles.

In August 1999, Kirsten auditioned for the role of Isabella “Belle” Black in “Days of Our Lives”. Despite the initial backlash from viewers due to how rapidly Isabella’s character had aged – which is a common phenomenon in soap operas when it comes to babies or young children – she soon became a fan favorite, who enjoyed many high-profile storylines with major characters within the show. Nevertheless, Kirsten decided not to renew her five-year contract, in order to focus on other opportunities.

The other projects in mind included “Clubhouse”, a CBS series that aired in late 2004, but was cancelled after just five episodes. The series was produced by Aaron Spelling and created by Daniel Cerone, with Kirsten having one of the leading roles as Betsy Young, the protagonist’s sister. Despite the show not being successful, Kirsten enjoyed the experience of playing Betsy, a troubled teenager grappling with decidedly adult issues that included sex, drugs and alcohol.

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In May 2005, Kirsten joined “General Hospital” as the third actress to play Mariah Maximiliana Jones, receiving an Emmy nomination for her role four years later. Mysterious medical reasons meant that she had to vacate the role in late 2011; despite being scheduled to return in February 2012, her illness – which was revealed to be endometriosis – prevented her from doing so until September of the same year.

In early 2013, the relationship between Kirsten and her former co-star Brandon Barash was confirmed. The couple gave a rare interview in August of the same year, and dropped the bombshell news that they had secretly tied the knot, and were expecting a baby girl. Their daughter, Harper Rose Barash, was born in January 2014. Sadly, the lowkey couple filed for divorce in April 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. As the split was amicable, the couple have been successfully co-parenting for years, and have yet to slander each other in the press.

In the past, Kirsten has been in trouble with the law for tossing a lit cigarette out of her window while driving on an L.A freeway. The incident occurred in September 2007; she was promptly pulled over by California Highway Patrol, and subsequently arrested on DUI charges after failing sobriety tests.

News outlets reported that Kirsten’s blood alcohol content was 0.13, with the legal limit in the state of California being 0.08. In November 2007, the actress pleaded no contest to the charges and was fined $1,643, ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and complete a three-month alcohol education program. She was also placed on probation for three years and had her license suspended for six months. Kirsten has kept on the straight and narrow ever since.

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Health Update

Kirsten has always been candid about her experiences living with anxiety, depression, and endometriosis, and frequently provides her social media followers with well-received health updates. The 2020 pandemic took a toll on her mental health, and in an Instagram post from the same year she told fans: “Even though I wanted to get better without returning to the hospital, my body didn’t have it. Since April, I’ve been struggling with serious pain concerns.”

As it happens, Kirsten had undergone a procedure to eliminate endometriosis-related scar tissue, which left her in pain for many months. One of the side effects of her condition includes weight gain or weight fluctuations, which have often led to unwelcome pregnancy rumors.

In June 2021, fans were alarmed to discover that Kirsten had been forced to take a break from her role in “General Hospital” following brain surgery. It appears that the star had been suffering from random health issues over the last few years, which she had written off as side effects of her medications.

After months of severe neck pain and migraines, Kirsten’s “amazingly thorough” orthopedist ordered an MRI scan which revealed a fluid-filled cyst in the lower portion of the actress’s brain. “I feel very fortunate that my situation wasn’t more serious, and that I had a wonderful neurosurgeon who immediately knew how to fix it,” she wrote on Instagram, after undergoing and recovering from the surgery.

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Thankfully, Kirsten’s cyst wasn’t cancerous and she was able to spend more time than ever with her friends and family while taking a break from acting. In early January 2023, it was reported that she would be returning to her “General Hospital” role; however, a rep for ABC stated a couple of weeks later that she would be unable to return to the series as soon as originally announced. For the time being, Jen Lilley is playing Kirsten’s role, with Kirsten presumably still on the way to recovering fully.

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How is Jeff Lutz going after a horrible crash during filming?

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Legendary racer Jeff Lutz wrecked one of his iconic cars, a 1957 Twin-Turbo Chevy, in 2021 while filming for an upcoming season of Discovery Channel’s “Street Outlaws.” He was one of the most prominent figures in the automotive-themed reality television series, so many were quite concerned when they heard the news of his horrific accident. His loyal fans wondered about his condition, and if he could come back in fighting form on the track.

Get to know Jeff Lutz

Jeff Lutz was born and raised in Pennsylvania. His father bought him his first ride, a 1974 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback, but he had never driven it. When he was in his teens, he drove without a license and was caught, so it took a while before he could enjoy driving.

How Jeff got into the racing scene

His brother, who came home to Pennsylvania after serving in the Gulf War, called Jeff up and asked him to look at a car with him, a 1970 Camaro. Jeff could still vividly recall how his brother drove the car up the road and then turned around to ask him if he wanted to drive it. As soon as Jeff was behind the wheel, he said that he dumped the clutch and let her fly, and then told his brother to buy it. Soon they were at the track, and he was hooked.

The ‘74 Nova was supposed to be his first race car but life got in the way as he had kids. It was after he bought a house that he purchased a 1985 Chevrolet Camaro Iroc-Z. He thought it was fast and felt incredible to drive, and was the first car that he cut up and then put big tires under it, to became his first race car.

His foray into the racing world might have come later in life, but he more than made up for it with an impressive list of accomplishments. He began making a name for himself as a serious contender at the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, said to be the ‘ultimate street car motorsport series,’ under the Pro Street or Pro Mod Class, and it went from there.

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Drag Week and Drag Weekend champion

Jeff won Hot Rod Magazine’s Drag Week twice – it’s a competition in which participants drive their street-legal drag cars 1,000 miles along a designated route with several checkpoints, and make at least one quarter-mile run at each of the four drag strips on five consecutive days. Support vehicles aren’t allowed except for a small trailer that the race car can tow and which contains tools, spare parts, and anything else that one will need for repair and maintenance. With the motto, “Drive it fast, make it last,” the one with the lowest average elapsed time (ET), will be declared the champion.

Jeff along with his crew chief, Scott Murray, always came close to winning since 2009 with impressive timeslips, but it was only in 2014 that he scored the title of Drag Week Champion aboard the “Evil Twin,” a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, with a week-long average ET of 6.84 seconds and speed of 212 miles per hour. He did it again in 2016 with his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Pro Mod, nicknamed “Mad Max,” with an average of 6.1918 at 240.018mph, making it the quickest in Drag Week history.

Hot Rod’s Drag Weekend is 500 miles of street driving, and three days of quarter-mile racing; it follows the format of Drag Week. For the first-ever Drag Weekend in 2015, Jeff with his black Pro Mod Camaro was declared the winner out of the 350 participants who took on the challenge. His weekend average was 6.4767-second ET at 211.39mph.

Jeff Lutz in “Street Outlaws”

Street racing is illegal, so it’is done under the cover of darkness in some abandoned road. A production company called Pilgrim Studios delved into the world of street racing – Oklahoma was where it all began in 2013 when it made its TV debut, and the guys competed to get on the List of the top 10 fastest in the area. The series had become so big that the network featured street racing scenes in other cities through various spin-off series. Before long, fans were treated to thrilling shows, in which the best of the best in America competed to earn the title of the fastest on the street, and on a No-Prep track.

Jeff met Justin “Big Chief” Shearer and Shawn “Murder Nova” Ellington in 2008, during his first Drag Week race at Muncie, Indiana. When the reality TV series started, Big Chief reached out to him, and was banking on his help with the race car, popularly known as the Crow. Jeff flew to Oklahoma and lent his expertise in building the fastest ride for not just Big Chief but also to many of the guys who wanted to get on top of The List. His expertise as a chassis builder and fabricator was quite well-known in the industry.

A lot of people think that it was all ‘Hollywood-made,’ just for show, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. The guys were true street racers, and the Top Ten List as well as Cash Days were real. It was an eye-opener for him, as he said, ‘They made me a street racer! Because I’m a drag racer, and to see what they can do on the street, I was like: “You’ve got to be kidding me!”’ Initially, his involvement was just on the mechanical side of things, but he soon found himself racing to get on that famous List. In season nine, he went straight to the top with “Mad Max,” but his reign came to a halt when Big Chief nixed Pro Mods from the List to shake things up. He came back with a ‘57 Chevy, and made it to the No.4 spot.

Jeff Lutz totaled his ‘57 Chevy in 2021 crash

Filming for “Street Outlaws” involved actual racing, so the risk of a car crashing would always be there. As the racers would always say, ‘it wasn’t a matter of if, but when.’

On 9 May 2021, news came out that Jeff was involved in an accident while they were filming for the TV series’ upcoming season. Photos of the wrecked car circulated on social media, and his fans were deeply concerned about Jeff’s condition as the damage to the car looked quite extensive. Chuck Seitsinger, one of the cast members of the show, took to Facebook to share his disgust over the leaked photos as it was deemed insensitive, and he believed that the people who did it just wanted to boost their number on social media. What’s worse was that Jeff’s wife, who was on the first flight out, got to see those photos even before reaching his side, so one could only imagine what she was feeling at that time.

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Before the crash, Jeff said in an interview that he didn’t just want to make it onto America’s List; he wanted to come out on top. He was out to prove that he was one serious contender, as if anybody would ever doubt that, considering his history on the tracks. He was behind the wheel of his yellow ‘57 Chevy when he raced against Damon Merchant who was in his ‘68 Camaro called Rogue. As he crossed the finish line, he lost control of the car and hit the curb on the opposite lane before it spun around and flipped. He believed he was going 170mph when it happened. The only thing he remembered was that the car hit a bump on the road before sliding right, and for a moment he thought Damon was going to hit him.

It seemed that he lost consciousness or everything was a bit hazy at that time, because he said that when he came to, he was upside down. He crawled out of the car and stayed down on the ground; it was a terrifying moment for him. Everyone from the production, the cast, and the paramedics rushed to where he was; viewers could hear him groaning in pain as he said that he couldn’t breathe and that his back was hurting from the neck down to his butt.

Big Chief, the racemaster, was quite emotional upon seeing his friend on the ground and then loaded into the ambulance, saying, ‘No matter how many times you go through this, it never prepares you for it.’ Jeff was airlifted to a hospital in Tulsa; he recalled waking up in a hospital and was touched when he saw Ryan Martin by his bedside, who said that James “Doc” Love was there too but only one person at a time was allowed inside the room. He said that the 405 guys were like one big family. Even if they competed against each other, they all came together at times like this. Everyone had been sending him messages, expressing their concerns and support for him, and he greatly appreciated it.

He explained that he stayed at the hospital for a few days, mainly because the HANS device or head restraint he was wearing during the crash resulted in bruises on his neck and around his shoulders; it was so bad that he was unable to move his neck for a time.

First time seeing the wrecked Chevy

Jeff and his wife made their way to the garage to check on the car. The first thing that came to his mind upon seeing the shape that the car was in was that it did its job and saved his life. He knew how lucky he was to walk away from the accident with only ‘bumps and bruises.’

Still, he and his wife shed tears as they were heartbroken to see the extent of the damage, and he knew in his heart that he couldn’t fix it this time. They remembered all the blood, sweat, and tears that they poured into building this iconic car, had won a lot of races and a large chunk of money with this one. Jeff said that he banged up this car before but nothing like this. He and his son racked their brains to somehow rebuild it, but had to accept that its time on the street was definitely over. That said, he reminded himself that the car was just a tool that he used to do his job, and as such, it could be replaced.

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A GoFundMe page for his race car

Jeff received messages from some people offering to set up a GoFundMe page for him. However, he felt that this crowdfunding platform was for someone sick whose family needed financial assistance with the medical bills or something similar. As much as he appreciated those making an effort to help or contribute, he was adamant about not using GoFundMe for his race car; he said it was something that he would never do. They had enough sponsors, and he and his son, Jeffrey Jr., worked hard for this. If ever they couldn’t make things happen on their own, then they wouldn’t do this.

Jeff’s return to racing

It had only been a few days since he was released from the hospital, and he was back on the street. The guys weren’t really that surprised to see him, but had to ask him why he was back so early. Jeff said, ‘I’ll be honest with it. I thought to myself I either go back down this road right away or I probably won’t ever do it again.’ His passion for racing was that deep.

With his ‘57 destroyed, Jeff brought his No Prep King car on a non-NPK race, as he said that his GTO might be lighter than most street cars, but it wasn’t illegal to put it on the street. Big Chief said that getting back so soon was risky. As a fellow racer, he was excited to see Jeff back, but as a friend he was worried. Jeff’s first race was with David “Daddy Dave” Comstock, and although he lost that night by a car and a half, he was quite relieved to try to put the crash behind him. He said that he had been racing for about 25 years, and this was a bittersweet loss for him.

Jeff went on to race for “Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings” and “Street Outlaws: America’s List.” He also joined the guys in the Street Outlaws vs Australia for a No Prep King race at four tracks in 2023.

Rebuilding a ‘57 Chevy

Since Jeff wasn’t quitting the street, he had to build a race car for that, and it was another ‘57 Chevy. He said that it had always been his dream car since he was 12 and nothing was going to change that. They acquired an original but pretty rusted ‘57 Chevy Bel Air Hardtop, and made use of some of the salvageable parts from the one that he’d totaled. They filmed how they rebuilt his new race car, and the video clips were uploaded onto his YouTube Channel called Lutz Race Cars. However, since he was busy filming for the Street Outlaws franchise, he didn’t have time to rebuild it on his own or with his son, and so they collaborated with a team he trusted most with it. The new one would be yellow. He didn’t exactly know why he preferred that color, but he just knew that his first car was yellow and his last one would be that color as well.

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Expanding Lutz Race Cars

About four years ago, Jeff bought an eight-acre plot of land beside their own that would become the new home of their shop, Lutz Race Cars, because they outgrew the old one and just planned to use it as storage. Jeff said that he bought the old property about two decades ago, and it had never flooded, but after more houses were built in the area, the shop would be submerged in water from time to time and it was such as hassle. With the new property, they put truckloads of dirt to raise the ground so flooding wouldn’t be an issue anymore. It was big enough that he could drive a rig all the way in and out. At least two buildings would be constructed: one would be for the rig as well as for their personal cars, and another one for the workshop.

Jeff has a shop in Oklahoma, and it has a living room and a bedroom. He stays there when filming “Street Outlaws” while his wife and son live in Pennsylvania to keep their shop running. At times, they traveled with him to attend events. Jeff said, ‘It means the world to me to build these cars with my son, Jeffrey…In fact, if he and my wife, Christine, weren’t doing all of this with me, I wouldn’t do it. It’s definitely a family deal.’

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The crash was very traumatic for him, and was something he never wanted to experience again. Getting back to the racing scene after that was a bit scary, because nobody was slowing down on the street. Whatever car he hit the street with, he had to go fast, and he would keep doing it. Jeff said, ‘I’m living a dream. Jeffrey’s living a dream. We get to do what we love to do – racing for a living every weekend.’

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