AUDIO/FEATURE: Pure Passion; Bobby Measmer Jr. Balancing Life as Both Modified Driver and Sprint Cup Mechanic

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. and CONCORD, N.C. – Audio and story by Race Chaser Online Mid-Atlantic Correspondent Marshall Gabell – Hughes Motorsports photo –

It was a learning curve for Hughes Motorsports and driver Bobby Measmer Jr. last season as the duo transitioned to the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour following a tenure in the late model ranks.

Measmer, the 2011 Concord Speedway track champion in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, earned three top ten finishes but was unable to finish seven races (one due to suspension) during his rookie campaign.

“I had a lot of bad luck last season,” Measmer explained. “I blew up four motors and when you have stuff break or stuff that is out of your hands, it is hard to overcome. I mean, last season I ran out of gas the first race (and finished 17th).”

Despite the lackluster opening season, the team and Measmer made some changes during the offseason and showcased their improvements last weekend at Caraway Speedway, the opening race on the 2015 Southern Modified Tour schedule, by scoring a top five finish – the team’s career-best.

“It was not a pretty run, but I will take it,” Measmer expressed. “It is a huge step in the right direction from where we were at last season with our program. We spent some time, money and effort over the winter top upgrade our car fleet and motors. I was really excited to see all that hard work pay off.”

Hughes Motorsports team owner Kevin Hughes is also walking with a little swagger behind his step after the result — and is looking forward to seeing the growth within his organization as the season continues.

“Considering we had a DNF (at Caraway) and a bunch of problems last season, going from a DNF to a top five just really lifted our spirits,” Hughes said.

With his sophomore season starting on a much stronger note, Measmer is excited to see what is in store for him as he continues to become more accustomed to the modifieds and shoots for the championship and a few victories.

“Our goal is top five in points,” Measmer said. “[That’s] something we thing is achievable. We just have to remain consistent. When we have a bad night, we [want] to have a fifth to eighth place finish. [On] a good night we want to finish in the top five. A win would be awesome – that is on our goal sheet.”

Before the victories and consistent results are formed, Measmer is a strong believer in finishing all the laps, something he feels could put him in position to snatch a championship if the circumstances present themselves.

“It is a short season, just 11 races,” Measmer said. “So we don’t have too many chances to screw up. You have to be on your “A” game and hopefully we can continue and build on this top five finish. We could be the little team that could surprise everyone in the end.”

Aside from his racing in the Southern Modified Tour, the Concord, N.C. native is also a mechanic on Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 10 Chevrolet (driven by Danica Patrick) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“I have been employed at Stewart-Haas Racing for 12 seasons,” Measmer said. “I actually started out there sweeping floors. I have now moved my way up to being out on the mechanics floor. I have worked on Ryan Newman’s team, last season with Kurt Busch and this season [as] a mechanic for Danica Patrick.”

For the 30-year-old veteran, it’s a case of simply loving to be around the sport, and a hard-to-find passion that he puts into everything he does.

“I really enjoy doing (that at Stewart-Haas),” Measmer stated. “I can’t get enough of racing. It is just a really good job to be able to work on racecars during the day and then come home at night and work on more racecars. I can’t get enough of it (laughter).”

 

Listen in to an extended cut of Race Chaser Online’s interview with Measmer following the NWSMT season-opener at Caraway Speedway:

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