A new team will be competing on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour full-time in 2015. The team, owned by longtime race fan Bill Darrow, is currently making plans to secure a driver for the 2015 season. But for now, Darrow has named his driver for the upcoming Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium in Wall, New Jersey.
Ron Silk, the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, will fill the seat just a few weeks after the announcement that he’d be leaving the TS Haulers No. 6 team following the 2014 season.
“We are thrilled to have the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ron Silk drive our entry at the Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium in November,” said Darrow. “We are currently making plans to secure a 2015 tour driver. As more information becomes available, an update will be announced. For now, we’re looking forward to a fun, successful race at the Turkey Derby.”
Previously, Darrow has served as a crew member on a number of NWMT teams including Silk’s. That is how the two parties built their relationship that has led to the two working together for the Turkey Derby.
“I actually know Bill back from a couple years ago when I won the championship driving for Eddie in 2011,” Silk told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. He helped us out that season and worked on the car so I’ve known him for a while.”
Silk said that he’s excited to have the opportunity to drive for the new team and appreciates all of the effort Darrow is putting into it. Although he hasn’t agreed to drive the car full-time at this point, he’s certainly not ruling anything out.
“Right now I’m just keeping all of my options open,” said Silk. “I think for a new team it’s a good chance to go race with them and see how well we get along and how we gel. Everything is kind of up in the air right now. I’m not ruling anything out.”
According to Silk, Darrow has purchased a car from Eric Sanderson and the No. 16 Flamingo Motorsports team. He’s also been working closely with one of the most well known names in the Modified ranks, Matt Hirschman.
“I believe he bought a car from the 16 and bought a motor from Hirschman and he’s got a new car being built at Hirschman’s now,” said Silk. “I guess he’s getting that ready for next year. It seems like he’s making a pretty serious effort at it.”
Darrow has named Mike Curtis, the son of Mississippi Curtis, as crew chief for the team.
“The winning combination will be having long time friend and Modified driver, son of Mississippi Curtis, Mike Curtis lead the team as Crew Chief,” said Darrow.
As far as the Turkey Derby goes, Silk expects to be competitive right out of the gate. The team has plans to practice at the track a week prior to the big show.
“It’s a new team and I’ve never raced with them,” said Silk. “But I think with the equipment that they have, I think we can go and be really competitive. We just have to see how we get out of the box.”
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Northeast Editor & Rob Blount, Speed51.com Regional Editor