We said it before and it really can't be overstated, grassroots, family racing is the foundation of all racing. It's accessible and every bit as significant to rural America as so many other inaccessible pastimes. It binds families from one generation to another. It's so often the farm league that feeds into other levels of racing. And it allows someone like Rob Curtis from Greenville, Pennsylvania, to live and pursue his dreams. On the Rob Curtis Racing website, soon to become the Winner's Circle Motorsports site, it succinctly says "It takes a group of dedicated friends and family to make any race team a complete success."
Then newly formed Winner's Circle Motorsports, LLC, plans on traveling and racing more in 2011 than they have in past years. Photo Jim Balentine.
Driver and team owner Rob Curtis says that winning the 2009 Sharon Speedway Modified title is definitely the high point of his race career thus far.
Rob Curtis' first racecar was a 1988 Troyer. He's competed in both the West Penn Modifieds and the Big Block Modifieds. His favorite track is Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio.
"Our team captured the 2009 Sharon Speedway Modified Title, and that is definitely the high point thus far," said Marcie Barlow, wearing her Media Relations hat. Marcie is also one of the Winner's Circle Motorsports team owners, along with Larry Riffe and Rob Curtis.
"We have two Troyer Chassis'. One is powered by an HRE Big Block and the second is a Small Block Modified," continued Barlow. "In 2011 we have decided to begin the racing season with the Small Block car and we will be competing at Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania, beginning Saturday, April 16th."
"In addition, we are hoping to compete at the two Modified Specials to be held at the Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, Pennsylvania. The first will be held on Sunday, May 29th and the second is scheduled for August 12th."
The team's other goals for 2011 include a little more traveling than they have in the past. "Our driver, Rob Curtis, began his racing career at Mercer Raceway Park (Mercer, Pennsylvania)," explains Barlow, "And with the changes in the management that took place at the facility in 2010, we are looking forward to returning to Small Block competition there."
The new owner Bob Altman, has implemented several improvements at the facility and team Winner's Circle Motorsports, LLC, is looking forward to making MRP their Saturday night home in 2011. In addition the team is looking to compete in their first Race of Champions event July 21st at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania.
"We are looking forward to a successful 2011 racing season and greatly appreciate the assistance K&N Performance has provided our team the past several years," remarked Barlow. "Bob Harris and the entire staff of K&N are always friendly and looking to provide as much assistance as possible."
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