MIDLAND, NC – After wins and success in occasional Southern Modified Racing Series events in years past, the 2019 season is bringing the opportunity for PSR Racing and driver Bobby Measmer Jr. to chase the series championship.
Measmer will pilot the PSR No. 17 Modified with hopes of earning the 2019 SMRS title. That championship hunt kicks off Sunday, March 10, at Caraway Speedway.
“I got my first win in a Modified in an SMRS race back in 2016, so I’m looking forward to building on that and the success that we’ve had with Phil and the PSR team recently,” said Measmer. “There’s a handful of really competitive cars on the SMRS tour, but I know there’s nothing better than having Phil (Stefanelli, PSR team owner) and the PSR team on our side. I’m excited that I’m going to be in one of his cars and competing for a championship.”
The 2019 Southern Modified Racing Series schedule features stops at some of the south’s most historic tracks, including Hickory Motor Speedway, Orange County Speedway, Southern National Motorsports Park and Caraway Speedway, the host of Sunday’s season opener. Measmer has competed for wins at each of them in the past, so he is going into the 2019 season with eyes focused solely on success.
“Caraway is the majority of the races and it’s admittedly not one of my favorite racetracks, but this gives me the chance to go there and finally conquer that place,” added Measmer. “I ran well there the last few times there and I was just starting to get the hang of that place when we decided to go a different route with our schedule and venture away from the tour. But I love Hickory. I ran Super Late Models at Southern National in 2012 and I really enjoyed that track, so I’m looking forward to going back there. Plus we had a shot to win the SMRS race at Orange County last year, so I can’t wait to have another chance at that place.”
For PSR Racing team owner Phil Stefanelli, an SMRS championship is high on the team’s goal list for 2019.
“I’m confident in our home-built car, our home-built engine, our crew, and our driver, so there’s no doubt we can be in the hunt for the championship this season,” said Stefanelli. “We’ve put together a bunch of wins and battled for even more when we’ve run with Bobby in our car over the last year-plus, but we’ve never chased points with our No. 17 car. This tour runs at a lot of great tracks and allows us to showcase our equipment against some solid talent and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together for us starting this weekend at Caraway.”
PSR Racing enters the 2019 SMRS season fresh off a roller coaster experience during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway in February. The team competed in three events at New Smyrna with a best finish of fourth in the John Blewett III Memorial 76, Measmer’s first career race at the Florida half mile.
“Me personally, that experience is something I’ll always remember,” said Measmer. “The best cars in the country raced at New Smyrna and we took a car that’s built in a shop behind Phil’s house, with an engine he built himself, and we ran competitively at a place I had never been to before. We used the races down there to build up a notebook on the new car, which is the same car we’re going to be using on the tour. We’ll take the things we learned down there and carry them on to the season and this weekend’s opener at Caraway.”
The season-opening Southern Modified Racing Series event at Caraway Speedway on March 10 kicks off the nine-race championship schedule. Feature racing begins at 2:30 PM ET.
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