MIDLAND, NC – New Smyrna Speedway annually hosts the unofficial kickoff to the Modified racing season with its World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing each February. Racers from throughout the Eastern Seaboard flock to the Florida half mile to start their seasons in a week-long racing extravaganza where the entry lists each night read like a who’s-who of Modified racing.
This February, PSR Racing with driver Bobby Measmer Jr. will shake off the mid-winter chill and venture to New Smyrna to compete in three Modified events during the World Series as they look to come out of the gates fast in 2019.
“I’m definitely looking forward to actually getting down there and getting on the racetrack to kick off the season,” said Measmer, a two-time Modified winner at historic Bowman Gray Stadium in 2018 in a Hughes Motorsports/PSR Racing entry. “We’ve done a little bit of off-season testing already and I’m excited to see how what we’ve learned in the test works in a race. There’s only one way to really test stuff and that’s to race it, so I’m really pumped to get down there and see what we have.”
Measmer has never competed at New Smyrna Speedway in his career. He made the trip to New Smyrna with the PSR team in 2018 and took many mental notes to go along with the solid setups that the team put under its entry that scored three top-10 finishes in four starts with driver Danny Bohn.
This time, however, Measmer will strap his helmet on at New Smyrna for three events, including the John Blewett III Memorial 76 on February 13 and the Richie Evans Memorial 100 on February 15. He will pilot the PSR No. 17 on the same legendary half mile that has been conquered in the past by the legends of Modified racing.
“All the pictures I’ve seen over the years of guys like Reggie Ruggiero, Teddy Christopher, and Richie Evans winning there shows how historic that place is,” said Measmer, who spends his work days at NASCAR powerhouse Stewart-Haas Racing. “Working with Reg (Ruggiero) at Stewart-Haas Racing and hearing him tell some stories, plus hearing Tony (Stewart) talk about battling with Teddy the year he raced down there are just some of the awesome stories that place has produced over the years.
“New Smyrna just has so much history and it’d be nice to put my name beside some of those names in the record books. But big picture, knowing what we’re going up against, it’ll be nice being able to compete for wins against some top talent each night. I’m just thankful to have the opportunity to go down to New Smyrna with Phil and the PSR team to do a few races like this to kick off the season. I’m also appreciative Stewart-Haas Racing is allowing me to do this. Hopefully it all pays off with some strong runs down there.”
PSR Racing, owned by longtime racer Phil Stefanelli, is an entity of PSR Products, an industry-leading racing parts manufacturer and supplier. The PSR brand was brought to the forefront of the short track racing industry in 2018 thanks in large part to the team’s on-track success at Bowman Gray and in various Modified events throughout the country. A return for the team to New Smyrna not only lets PSR Racing get a leg up on its competition on the track, but also an opportunity to showcase the many state-of-the-art racing components on the car that are born in PSR’s North Carolina headquarters.
“We turned a lot of heads last season and we pride ourselves in being able to continually raise the bar with the components we build and the racecars we put on the track,” said Stefanelli. “New Smyrna is the kind of place that every person who has ever enjoyed Modified racing wants to compete and win at. We put our best effort into each race we go to, but we know how much racing at New Smyrna means and how important it is to have a good start to our season down there. We’re going into these races with our guns blazing and we hope the end result is a positive one for the entire PSR organization.”
In addition to the John Blewett III Memorial on February 13 and the Richie Evans Memorial 100 on February 15, Measmer and PSR Racing will also compete in the 35-lap Modified feature at New Smyrna on February 14.
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PHOTO CREDITBrenda Jane Photography