Welcome to this week’s edition of the Short-Track Top Five. Every week NSSN will talk to a different short-track driver and get his or her thoughts and opinions on a series of five questions.
This week National Speed Sport News talks to late-model competitor Bobby Measmer, Jr. A North Carolina native, Measmer is a regular in the late-model division at Concord (N.C) Speedway.
Measmer is a former champion in the track’s limited late-model division (2007) and hornet division (2005). He is among the top-five on the track’s all-time win list.
NSSN: What influenced you to become a race car driver?
MEASMER: My dad and his cousin. They both started racing here in 1989 at Concord Speedway. I just followed in their footsteps. I slept on fenders of race cars and then seats of race cars when I was four years old. I grew up here at the race track. I just decided when I was 18 to give it a shot.
NSSN: If you had the chance to race in the Daytona 500 or the Indianapolis 500, which would it be and why?
MEASMER: Daytona 500 just because stock cars are my background. I work for Stewart-Haas Racing, so it would have to be the Daytona 500. It would be awesome just to say you ran it one time.
NSSN: How healthy is short-track racing in the United States?
MEASMER: It all depends on what area you’re at. I believe short-track racing in certain areas at certain tracks that pay starting money, they’re going to get cars. It’s who can pay the most to get those cars out there. With the way the economy is there are tracks like Concord that struggle to get cars.
NSSN: What is the wildest race you’ve ever been a part of?
MEASMER: Probably the wildest race I’ve been a part of was last year’s ASA Late Model Series race here [at Concord]. It was more or less a demolition derby instead of a race. We ended up finishing fifth in the race, but it was the wildest.
NSSN: At the end of your career, what do you hope people will remember about you?
MEASMER: When I quit or retire from this hopefully all the people here at Concord will remember all the races that I’ve won here and the championships. They probably won’t remember. In my short amount of time that I’ve raced — five or six years — I’m like fifth all-time on the wins list here, so that’s a pretty cool deal. I try to be as nice as I can to everybody and be a friendly guy but hopefully they’ll remember all the wins. That’d be cool.