KITCHENER, ONTARIO --
Thu, 17 Dec 2009, 01:50 PM
Pro Modified Racing Association's Top Five for 2009- Jeff Roth Third Place
Courtesy of Tim Miller
Photo Credit: Bill Mehlenbacher Photography & Brad Turk
Hard work and perseverance paid off for the Roth Racing Team in 2009, as the team debuted a new car
in the Pro Modified Racing Association tour this year, and finished third in the PMRA Championship
Point Award Series.
"It was an up and down season," commented Jeff Roth, driver of the 1941 Willys Pro Modified. "But
we learned a lot. We were running a whole new combination."
Roth drove the Willys to an event win during the PMRA's Labor Day Weekend PMRA Challenge race at
the Grand Bend Motorplex, the team's best showing in the six-race series.
Although the team qualified for most events, it had problems getting the car down the track.
Powered by an Alan Johnson 526-cubic inch Atchison Racing supercharged engine, the highlight of the
season for the Lowdown Hot Rods-built car was winning at Grand Bend.
Roth qualified the car number two in the field with a 6.264-second, 231.83-mph pass, and was able
to beat 2009 PMRA champion Bruce Boland of Hamilton, Ontario in the final with a 6.208, 226.30 lap
over Boland's 6.212, 226.30.
"Considering we were running a new car with a new screw blower and a new transmission, we were
pleased with our results this year," said car owner Jim Roth.
Others on the team with Crew Chief Dave Bankes include Larry Summerfield, Marc McCrae and Ashley
Medeiros. The car is sponsored by Oak Grove Cheese, NGK Spark Plugs and Fire Core 50.
A PSI screw blower and Bruno Converter Drive/Lenco three-speed transmission were installed in the
new Willys this year.
"Certainly the high this year was winning at Grand Bend," said Jeff Roth. "We suffered from a lot
of tire shake this year and breaking parts, that were the lows.
"But at Grand Bend, with a little luck, we got it from A to B and won."
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