After a race off with some additional testing time, the New Hampshire driver and team are ready to resume their GSPSS majority schedule right at home this coming Saturday, with 100 laps at Star Speedway. The No. 19 team looks to leave a scattered 2020 season behind, along with any gremlins they might have shaken out.
“We went to Stafford, but we had new car woes. We’ve done some testing over at Star and put in a bunch of hours at the shop, I think we finally got it straightened away. In switching from Late Model to the Pro Stock took some time and not running many races slowed us down. Just going to the track and staying in the swing of things is key for us,” Kruczek told Speed51.
With test sessions looking in their favor, Kruczek has confidence he can right back to victory Saturday in Epping at his and the team’s home track.
“I do, I’ve gotten a lot better there over two or three years in the Late Models. I’ve always kind of run good there in a Pro Stock, just never had any luck at all, always something that happens. But, I definitely feel like we’re right at home at Star, so I think we’ll have a good showing.”
Kruczek is also looking forward to mixing it up with his fellow drivers at a track renowned for its competitive atmosphere.
The track has character to it, both ends are different. There’s bumps, backstretch is kind of raised, and it just gives good racing. You can run door-to-door for an entire race without bouncing off each other. I enjoy it, it’s probably one of my favorite tracks to go to.
Bobby Webber Racing also has a lot of buzz around it even before racing commenced for 2021, with the cars dawning throwback schemes of famous NASCAR Cup Series rides. As they did at Stafford, the team will run a throwback to the No. 88 Gatorade ride piloted by Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison in the years surrounding 1980.
With NASCAR’s Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway happening this weekend, and the same look being dawned by Michael Annett and the No. 1 JR Motorsports team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, there might just be a little extra mojo in the 19 camp.
“We decided to just do throwback stuff and change things up a little bit. We like to keep the cars good looking, so we sat down, picked a couple of cars that looked good, and it happens that you got guys using it this weekend at Darlington. They’re doing the throwbacks and we got two of them on our cars.”
While additional races in 2021 may be added to the racing schedule, Bobby Webber Racing is concentrating on a majority of the GSPSS races, while also running the team’s Sportsman car in the Late Model Sportsman division throughout New Hampshire.
“We got a schedule, but we’re talking about some other stuff. At the moment, we’re going to do eight or nine of the races for Granite State, probably the Beech Ridge races, go to the second Monadnock race, go to Claremont, do Lee, and obviously the other Star race. We got the Sportsman in Florida, we’re going to bring that out to Star, Hudson, and Claremont, Kyle Casper is going to jump in that a little too. We got a busy season planned out, so we’ll be around.”
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Jaime Webber Photography