Matt Westfall Sets Sights On Action Track USA

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Matt Westfall tries to avoid the crashing car of Kyle Larson during the Jan. 10 Chili Bowl preliminary feature. (Hein Brothers Photo)

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – When the green flag waves to begin the fifth season of activity at the Action Track USA, a new name will join the USAC All Pro SpeedSTR division.

Matt Westfall, from Pleasant Hill, Ohio, will make the weekly trip to Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds to steer a brand new SpeedSTR owned by Milt Aquilini. The car is complete and ready to go, and it will be on display in the Speedway Entertainment/Action Track USA booth at this weekend’s Motorsports Show in Oaks, Pa.

“The Flying Buckeye” jets to the Berks County oval with a set of very solid credentials. Westfall has been racing since the age of six – he turned 40 years-old in December – and he’s driven just about everything with four wheels, including Karts, Mini-Sprints, both winged and wingless Sprint Cars, Midgets, Modifieds and Late Models. He was also named the 2002 Rookie of the Year in USAC’s Silver Crown division.

Westfall, who lists Jack Hewitt as his role model in racing, was the Rookie of the Year and Champion of the NAMARS Midget Series in 1998. He won the 2010 and 2011 sprint car titles at Waynesfield Raceway, and captured the 2011 Rookie of the Year award in Eldora’s Late Model class. He’s also visited victory lane in a USAC Sprint Car feature at Eldora – his favorite race track.

Modified victories have come at the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway in Barberville, Fla., and in 2015 Westfall was named the DARF Driver of the Year. That was the same season in which he captured the Eldora Late Model Championship and the Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week title.

Westfall also made the Saturday night A-Main at the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in five consecutive attempts, but last week’s edition of the biggest indoor dirt race in the world wasn’t as kind to the Ohio native. He qualified for the feature on his preliminary night, but was collected in Kyle Larson’s flip/crash just a few laps from the finish. On Saturday, Westfall was not able to climb out of the D-Main.

Claiming that he “just wants to race as much as possible…in any type of racecar,” Westfall is ready for his newest challenge in the USAC All Pro SpeedSTR division. Teaming with Aquilini, who’s been helping him with his sprint car effort for the past few seasons, seems a natural fit.

Aquilini’s involvement in racing goes back decades, to the Reading Fairgrounds and traveling as a member of the late Ronnie Tobias’ crew. Milt also owned ARDC Midgets for several years, and Ray Bull drove his cars to numerous race wins and championships with the American Racing Drivers Club. Most recently, Aquilini has served as an official at Action Track USA.

While the car won’t make its debut until the May 14 season opener, it will be unveiled to the public at this weekend’s PPB Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.