CHATHAM, Mass. — At 16-years-old, Doug Meservey Jr. is hoping to get sponsorship to compete full time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2017. Meservey talked with Hillbilly Racing team owner David Hill in the offseason and will sit behind the wheel of Hill’s No. 79 at Myrtle Beach Speedway’s “The IceBreaker” on February 11 for a 50 lap special modified event.
However, nothing else is set in stone at this point as far as the duration of the modified season goes. Meservey is hoping that he can put together some sponsorship to compete for Rookie of the Year honors with Hill on the Whelen Modified Tour. The third generation driver comes off a season that saw him sit in victory lane on the New England Pro 4 Modified Tour.
“My biggest concern before I was able to talk to David Hill was that I wanted to get into a ride that will be running good,” Meservey Jr. said. “The biggest challenge for me is I need a car that has the setup right so I am not fighting both myself and the car. Luckily, David has great cars and they have been through this. They worked with Spencer Davis and he was young when he started there. I’m excited to work with them.”
At the end of last year, Meservey decided that he needed to make a change. Luckily for him, he met up with an old family friend at the PRI Show in Indianapolis.
“Right after the Pro 4 season ended I was telling my dad that we had some issues in the Pro 4 Modifieds and we weren’t satisfied with the amount of wins we had this year,” Meservey said. “I started talking to people about some rides and David told me that if I was able to grab the sponsorship money for the ride I could definitely drive it. So now we are looking for sponsorship. I went to the PRI Show and we ran into Tommy Baldwin and Tommy told me he would buy me a set of tires for the open show at Myrtle Beach. We are going to start there.”
The third generation driver started his career at Thompson Speedway’s “Little T” track at the age of just four before moving to Seekonk Speedway to compete in the SYRA 600 class on Friday night. At Seekonk, Meservey got his first career racing win and also collected a solid top five finish in the point standings. From there, Meservey went Pro 4 Modified racing and has been there ever since.
Going into 2017, he has never been behind the wheel of a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car and doesn’t have much experience behind the wheel of anything other than the Pro 4 Modified. His only other experience came during a brief test session behind the wheel of an SK Modified at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
Right now, it’s just one big waiting game for the 16-year-old driver. Sponsorship is going to lead the way for him this year.
“We’re just kind of waiting on things, I’m waiting on two companies about sponsorship, I have a great portfolio right now. We’re talking to them about putting something together and I believe we will get something,” Meservey said. “We’re planning to try it but it all depends on the sponsorship. We’re going to start at the open show and see what financial backing we get.”
Meservey will hope to join the rest of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams at the season-opening race at Myrtle Beach Speedway on March 18.
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Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.
When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer. Souza also writes press releases for the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Souza also works for Area Auto Racing News, based in Trenton, N.J.
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