Most people that attend the Stadium may not know the name Bobby Measmer Jr. But have no doubt, this is a pretty household name in the South-Eastern racing community. Bobby began racing at the age of 18 stating, "my mom wouldn't allow me to race before then." His home track for almost a decade was the infamous Concord Speedway.
He began racing U-Cars at Concord in 2005. Bobby told me, "I actually drove home my first race car from the junk yard that I worked at. It was a Hatchback Honda Civic; I worked a whole week after school for $100 and that's what I bought the car with." Measmer found success rather quickly winning the track championship in 2005 in his U-Car. During this 2005 season Bobby would race in three different classes (Pure Stock, U-Car, and Limited Late Model), he won in all but one of those and came very close to winning the last race in his Limited Late Model. Bobby continued to run his family-owned Limited car through 2007 and won the championship in 2007.
Bobby made his way back to Concord in 2009 to compete in the new Pro Late Model and Late Model Stock classes. He won numerous races in both divisions but could never seal the deal with a championship like he had before. Measmer had a different state of mind coming into the 2011 season stating "we were ready to close the deal and win races along with winning the championship and that we did." Out of the 14 races that season he won 12 of them, along with the track championship.
With having success in the Pro/Super Late Model ranks Bobby and crew decided to begin running the PASS Tour. Although he never won a race, he had numerous podium finishes before he and his team ultimately got "burned out on the Late Model Tour." At this point, he made his transition to the open-wheeled Modifieds.
During all of this Measmer held a full-time job at Stewart-Haas Racing. He started working in the shop at the age of 17 sweeping floors. From there he moved to the paint and body shop learning as he went. A few years pass and Bobby is finally offered a job position in the body hanging shop building specific parts and decklids for SHR cars. While taking this position Bobby taught himself to weld among other things and is now a shop mechanic for the #10 car of Danica Patrick in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series.
Measmer knew that the Modified game wouldn't be easy to enter but has really come along these last couple of years. Bobby states that "The turning point for us has been actually getting the feel I'm looking for in a modified. We have a decent book of notes and we continue to learn new things, which has been one of the things I've liked the most about making the move to Modifieds."
I also asked Bobby why he and his team decided to run the Stadium full time this year, and what were their goals. "Well, that's pretty simple. with the Whelen Tours combining into one, we had to figure out what was going to work best for us. The Stadium stuck out among these things. For one, the history of the place is incredible. The exposure you can get there is really second to none, too. So far this season has lived up to our expectations. We didn't expect to come right out of the box and compete for wins. But the goals that we did set for this season were to finish top 5 in points and win at least one race, and I think we are on track to meet both of them."
I'd like to thank Bobby for taking the time out of his day to sit down and allow me to write up our first BNP Driver Spotlight. And I hope that you all have learned a thing or two about him and his team. Be on the lookout for that beautiful #14 Modified to be competing with the best of them this season!