FONDA, N.Y. — Story and audio By Race Chaser Online New York Dirt Correspondent Steven Ovens — Matthew Boyce Photography photo —
Rocky Warner had about one of the best seasons you could have in a Crate Sportsman in 2014.
He picked up track championships at the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and the Fonda Speedway. ‘The Flying Squirrel’ also won the Grit Racing Series championship while also claiming the VP Triple Crown. The West End Towing team was a threat to win wherever they pulled into the pit gate and they were able to do this by sticking with the Crate Sportsman and not taking the bait to jump into the Big-Block Modified ranks.
The jump to the Big-Blocks can be awfully tempting for a race team. That kind of move just follows the natural progression when you race on the dirt in Upstate New York. Big-Block Modifieds are ‘The Big Show’, but that also comes with a big price tag. For Warner and team, being a 10th-15th place car on the Super DIRTcar Series just isn’t what they set out to do when they come to the racetrack.
Their team is one that is on that cusp of having a nice Crate Sportsman budget to work with versus having a mid-pack Big-Block budget. Seems like a simple decision to me- when you compete at something you want to win!
Rocky Warner joined the cast from Turn 5 Live to talk about Crate Sportsman Modifieds, why they don’t fancy the idea of going Big-Block Modified racing and even throwback memories on the Moody Mile in Syracuse, New York. Take a listen below to two audio clips from that interview.
Part 1 with Rocky Warner:
Part 2 with Rocky Warner: