In 2012, URC Managing Members announced plans to introduce double-file restarts for the URC feature events. There were mixed emotions from the URC competitors, but by the end of the season, the concerns have diminished, the concerns never did materialize.
Forty-three year old Randy West of Boyertown was one driver who was not keen on the idea last year. West, a strong contender for the 2012 Rislone URC Championship now takes a different new.
“I was not sure about the double file restarts at the beginning of 2012, but looking back on last year, we gained more spots then we lost”. West continued to say, “I think it helps you to pass cars when you have a good car”.
The format for URC is that heat race events will remain single file after the original start. In the URC feature events, the field will go double file from lap 13 to lap 23. One twist for the new season is, the leader will have lane choice during the double file restarts. So strategy will be key on each and every double file restart.
By profession, Randy West is the shop foreman at DG March & Associates where they fabricate and repair fire trucks. Randy also owns the well respect West Fabrication Inc. West Fabrications does any kind of repairs and modifications to all types of race cars from ¼ midgets to sprint cars. Top drivers from all divisions frequent West Fabrication and over the years, Randy has developed an outstanding reputation especially with set-up and driving micro sprints.
In 2013, Randy has set some expectations and once again, he’ll be driving for URC most respected car owner, Fred Kennedy. In 2012, Kennedy won his first URC Owner Championship with Robbie Stillwaggon at the wheel. Stillwaggon, just this past weekend, won the 360 sprint car feature event at the Toccoa Speedway in Toccoa, GA. The crew that constantly preps the Kennedy #56 for Randy West includes Fred Kennedy, Randy Wilbert, Johnny Griffiths, Alonzo Morales and his son, Cody West. The crew has burned the midnight-oil in preparation to chase the 2013 Rislone URC Championship title.
“Not too much went our way in 2012, it seemed like we just didn’t get any breaks”, commented West who was in the thick of championship title chase for the first one-third of the season. “We didn’t qualify well a lot and we were buried in the feature line-up”. West owns five career URC victories but missed visiting the URC victory lane in 2012, he did finish the season with a well-respected fifth place finish in the season long Rislone URC Sprint Championship chase.
For the new and coming season, West will compete on the entire Rislone URC schedule with one brand new car and two back-up cars parked in the garage. 2013 may very well be this team’s most serious threat at chasing the coveted URC Championship ring.. For West, he likes the Grandview Speedway, a track that sits on top of the hill just five minutes from his home. He also like the Delaware International Speedway, the track where he has the most seat time and he seems to run well there.
URC is looking at one of the strongest competitor rosters in years. Teammate Robbie Stillwaggon and defending URC Champion is at the top of the list along with Davie Franek, who challenge Stillwaggon for the title right down to the last race of the season. Other top stars include Josh Weller, JJ Grasso, Aaron Ott, Dave Ely, Kramer Williamson, Kevin Darling, Joe Biasi, Art Liedl, Chad Trout, Andy Best, Scott Lutz, Mark Bitner, Ed Aikin, Billy Pauch Jr. and on occasions, expect the return of eight time URC Champion Curt Michael driving the Bill Gallagher owned 5G. If you’re a 360 sprint car driver, your names needs to be on the URC roster.
“I think the URC roster looks strong”, said West. “I like competition so the more the merrier.
“I really expect Robbie (Stillwaggon) to be tough again and I look forward to racing again with Curt Michael, we really race each other clean and hard”. West added, “You just never know who will break out and be the new front-runner”.
The 66th season for the United Racing Company will kick-off at the Big Diamond Speedway on Friday night, April 26 followed by race two, that will take place at the Bedford Speedway on Friday night, May 10. The following night, Saturday, May 11, URC will be in action at the Selinsgrove Speedway for the $3,500 to win Jack Gunn Memorial.
URC will make its first visit to Grandview Speeway in Bechtelsville on June 15. It will also close out the season at Grandview on Oct. 19.