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Josh Weller optimistic about 2014 URC Sprint series season

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Monday, January 6, 2014

At age 28, Josh Weller will start his 11th season of sprint car racing and he’s more excited about 2014 then any prior season.
“The Wild Child” from Mertztown has firmly landed in the seat of the Eldreth Construction 360 sprint car, the 2013 Rislone URC Sprint Series championship winning ride owned by Kenny Eldreth.
“We’re excited about the team and our goal is to go out and win races and hopefully, the championship will follow”. said Weller. “I really what to get Kenny back-to-back URC Owner titles”.
Weller has been racing a long time, starting in quarter midgets in 1994, he earned the name, “The Wild Child” on his way to some eighty-six victories. He advanced into micro-sprints where he enjoyed success and in 2003, moved into the 360 sprint cars with URC. That year, Josh Wellers was URC’s Rookie of the Year.
Josh has six URC 360 sprint victories and his talent was further demonstrated by winning 360 sprint features with ASCS and the USCS sprint car racing series.
“The deal with Kenny Eldreth came to be fairly quick. We knew Kenny and well, he’s a good person with high integrity and honestly, I just want to win races for this guy”, commented Weller. Josh is a quiet, a rather reserve kind of guy, but when you get him talking about Kenny Eldreth and the coming Rislone URC Series, he begins turning more RPM’s then his 360 sprint car motor.With this energy and excitement, they very well will be the team to beat.
For Weller, this is also a lot about family. His wife (Tina) and daughter (Aubrey) are with him at all the races. His parents, Rick and Kim are a big part of the team as well. Josh’s dad Rick, the long-time chief mechanic for the team, will again be the set-up man for the Eldreth Construction KramerKraft #25 sprint car. Joining Eldreth Construction as team sponsors is Assured Automation, a New Jersey based business that handles automated valves and equipment.
The Rislone URC Sprint Series schedule holds 25 race dates at the race tracks all sprint car driver want to compete at. Williams Grove, Lincoln, Selinsgrove and Port Royal Speedway’s are all firmly planted in the URC schedule. A change for URC in the coming season is the move to an open draw verses handicapping off of points.
“I’m all for the open draw and fans should expect this to mix up the racing action especially in the final stages of the race”, added Weller.
“My favorite track is Grandview, it’s a drivers’ race track and you can make or break your own nigh,” said Weller. “You don’t always need the best equipment, but at Grandview, you need to have it running at the end of the race”.
Weller is known for his come from behind style. No matter how far back he starts, he somehow makes his way to the front by the end of race. In 2013, he earned the most hard charger bonus awards and one night, between the heat and the feature, he actually passed a total of forty cars.
“We set our car up for the end of the race and let the track come to the car,” said Weller. “As for the driver, I need to be strong the entire race, up on the wheel and you must just keep digging your way to the front, something I learned from racing the 410 sprints”
URC has several Super Series events on the schedule. “For the Super Series races, we have to step up our program, it’s tough and we need to be on our game and they need to be off,” said Weller. “The competition at these shows are guys like Robbie Stillwaggon, Davie Franek, Chuck Hebing, Pat Cannon, Mark Smith and Blane Heimbach.
So out of the gate, at the first green flag, the team of Weller and Eldreth plan to be a dominant force and they are very optimistic about 2014.