A successful summer for PSR Racing reached yet another peak Friday night at Ace Speedway as Bobby Measmer Jr. wheeled the team’s No. 17 Modified to a thrilling victory in the 40-lap main event. It was Measmer’s third victory at Ace this season aboard the No. 17 car, which was built in-house utilizing chassis, engine and suspension components from PSR Products as well as PSR’s custom fabrication department.
Measmer started at the rear of the field in the 40-lap feature, but knew his car was up to the challenge of hustling to the front. That was proven in the first five laps as Measmer found himself in third place. A difficult battle for second ensued before he was able to take that spot at halfway. Then, using a maneuver perfected during his track championship days at Concord Speedway, Measmer was able to secure the top spot from Gary Young Jr. in the waning laps for the victory.
“On the restart with about seven laps to go, I ran outside of (Young) for about three laps and had to pull out a card from my Concord days,” said Measmer. “Running the high lane, I set him up. He was running it in harder and harder, so I went from the high side and turned underneath him going into three. I was door to door with him coming off four, but we were able to get past him and go on for the win from there. It wasn’t just handed to me, though. He gave me a really good shot in three and four, but we ended up getting the win.”
The Ace victory was an extension of strong runs and trips to victory lane that Measmer had with PSR Racing, its parent company PSR Products, and longtime racing partner Hughes Motorsports during the summer months. The PSR/Hughes combination built on a foundation formed in late 2017 to be one of the most formidable entries each Saturday night at historic Bowman Gray Stadium in 2018. Aboard the No. 14 Hughes Motorsports Modified for his sophomore season at the legendary quarter-mile oval, Measmer took down his first two wins and earned one pole while gaining a legion of fans at one of the most iconic racing facilities in the nation.
With the BGS season over and a victory under their belts, the PSR/Hughes Motorsports team is ready to take on Modified racing’s best at a series of big late-season events.
“All in all this season at Bowman Gray was a much bigger success than our first season there,” said Measmer. “We didn’t end the season as strong as we wanted to due to some bad luck and being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but we will learn from that as much as we learned from the nights we had success. But winning Friday night at Ace builds our confidence up going into the last five or six races we’ve got planned at the end of the year and getting back to running the way we expected to all year long.”
PSR Products was huge part of the step-up in performance for Measmer and his team in 2018.
“PSR Products’ chassis updates and components from front to rear on our car was really important to the success we had this year,” added Measmer. “Running the three-link style rear end is something I’m familiar with coming from the Late Models. PSR’s chassis and suspension stuff is something that I’m familiar with and it’s created a great combination for us no matter what track we go to and I know our competition has noticed how much we’ve improved this season as well.
“Right out of the box, when I drove the PSR car at the North-South Shootout last year, it was great. We started last and ended up third. The Ace car we won with Friday is the car that I first drove at Myrtle Beach last year. It was built completely in-house and from the first time I ran it, I knew that was the feel I wanted for my Bowman Gray car. Our program really stepped up from that point. We’ve got another car with PSR’s in-house chassis engineering and construction almost ready to go for some of the big shows this season and I can’t wait to see what we can do together.”
Measmer will be behind the wheel of the PSR No. 17 in the 40-lap feature at Ace again on September 21, then will focus on several late-season Southern Modified Racing Series events at Hickory and Tri-County Speedways in North Carolina before three of Modified racing’s most anticipated events of the season, the Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway in October, the North-South Shootout at Concord and the Myrtle Beach 400 Modified event at Myrtle Beach Speedway in November.
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