Bobby Measmer, Jr.’s racing career came full circle this past Friday night at his home track of Concord Speedway. The hometown star made his way by 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece with five laps remaining to win his first career Tour-Type Modified race. The victory ended a near three-year quest for a Modified win and added on to Measmer’s legacy at the tricky tri-oval in Concord, North Carolina.
Measmer’s story at Concord first took off back in 2005 when he started the season winning the Four-Cylinder championship in an abbreviated season for the division. He moved to Street Stocks for the rest of the season winning six of eight races and just missed out on scoring a Limited Late Model victory before year’s end. Since then Measmer has risen to third on Concord’s all-time wins list and scored a track championship in Late Model competition during an 11-win season in 2011.
At the end of the 2013 season, after running Super Late Models on the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South circuit, Measmer was ready for a change and was inspired by his owners at the time, which included Speed51.com’s Executive Editor Bob Dillner.
“I sort of got burned out on the Super Late Model stuff and between Bob and Kevin Hughes’ past with the Modifieds, it kind of became a group effort because we decided to go Tour Modified racing,” Measmer told Speed51.com. “We had a struggle in the first year trying to keep motors together and stuff like that. I kind of got burned out at the same time. The NASCAR Tour Modifieds became my home because I like their rules structure, and the series has a more accountable rulebook where with Super Late Models has a more open rulebook.”
After shaking off a tough 2014 season on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, Measmer returned in 2015 with much needed experience, claiming three top-five finishes on his way to finishing seventh in the championship standings.
Measmer, along with many other drivers, added the Southern Modified Racing Series to his schedule for 2016 with the goal of chasing wins. He did just that Friday night with the late-race heroics over two of the best in the business, Burt Myers and Ryan Preece.
Though the win is a huge career mark, there is still one big goal that Measmer has left.
“It’s a lot of mixed emotions. It’s great to be with all of my family, friends, old fans who got to watch me move up through the ranks, sponsors, everybody was there. It was perfect in that aspect that everybody got to see it after all those wins, it was pretty awesome.” Measmer explained.
“But at the same time, you got the naysayers and stuff saying, ‘well he can only win at Concord.’ I’ve heard a few of those. So I’m more determined now to go to Caraway on July 1 in the NASCAR Tour event there and hopefully have a chance to win that race. We finished second there the first race of this year. I think we got a good setup, so hopefully we can shut those people up and get a win somewhere else.”
Measmer feels that Friday’s triumph is just the shot in the arm he and his team needed, not just from scoring the checkered flag, but who they outran in the process.
“It’s a big confidence booster, especially outrunning Burt who’s the points leader and Ryan, he’s second to none in Modifieds and just came off that big $15,000 win the week before. You know he’s no slouch, TS Hauler team they’ve been around forever, so to outrun those guys is huge for myself and my team. I see hopefully one more if not two more (wins) and hopefully some good runs coming in the near future.”
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, MA, LI); Twitter – @Connor51CT
-Photo Credit: Pro All Stars Series