|Hometown: Fulton, N.Y.
Born: April 4, 1984
Team: Rocket Racing
Entry: No. 99 Big Red Towing-Dave Miller Auto Body/Bicknell
Owner: Roger Phelps
Series History: Making frequent Series stops locally during the first decade of the new millennium, Phelps logged his lone Integra Shocks Fast Time at his home base of Cayuga County Fair Speedway in 2007. The 2nd-generation Central New York standout has gradually worked his way up the ladder of success, posting a pair of Top-10s in 2006, five more in ‘07 , eight in 2008 and nine in 2009 to establish himself as rising star on DIRTcar Northeast’s premier Big-Block circuit in just his second full year chasing Series stardom.
DIRTcar Racing Record: Phelps owns a pair of Big-Block feature wins at Cayuga County to go along with one at Brewerton and his initial two scored Can-Am Motorsports Park. He tallied all of his five Sportsman Modified victories in 2002, gracing victory lane at Can-Am (3) and DIRTcar Northeast circuit hubs Cayuga County and Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.
Fun Facts: Employed as an 11th grade history teacher at Newark (NY) High School where he also serves as the head coach of the wrestling team, Phelps continues to carry the family trademark number 99 ---derived from former Empire State star and Cup winner Geoff Bodine--- first debuted by Roger in the Late Model ranks when DIRTcar was formed in 1976. Before finding his niche in the Big-Block Modified class, Ryan gained valuable short-track experience contending in Microd, Go-Kart, Four-Cylinder Stock, Dwarf Car, Slingshot and DIRTcar Sportsman divisions from 1996-2000.