Bristolville, OH — January 20, 2009 – By Joe Secka, JMS ProPhoto
*King Family File Photo
The sub-zero temperatures currently have a firm grip on the Midwest and many activities have either slowed down drastically or stopped completely. It’s something we just never really seem to get used to here in Ohio.
However, activity continues to move ahead at full speed inside the King Bros. Racing shop in Bristolville as the team will soon be heading south to Florida for some winter racing. Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville will be hosting the 38th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH, February 3-14, and the early start on the season has traditionally been a plus for teams wanting to shake down their cars before racing begins up north.
In 2009, King Bros. Racing will be campaigning three race cars for the third straight year. Once the 2008 season ended, the Big-Block Modifieds of Rex Sr. and Rex Jr. (“Cooter”) along with Russell’s super late model were stripped down to the bare chassis and a thorough inspection of each and every piece began. Any parts that could be rebuilt had that process initiated. Where needed, new parts were ordered and most have already arrived and been installed. The off season is not really an off season at all for the King crew.
On the Modified side of the shop, the frames have been powder coated and the rebuilding of both cars is well under way. The body panels have been replaced and new graphics are being installed by Ed Miller Signs while Jim’s Engine Shop will supply the horsepower. Rex’s #65 Mod will again sport the great red and white colors he is so well known for although Cooter has opted for a new look with flames running down the sides of his #165 ride, saying, “It’s going to look really hot!”
Rex and Cooter plan on running at Sharon Speedway on a weekly basis as well as following the BRP Modified Tour. Additional races at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. and Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, Pa. are probable as well.
Rex Sr. had hip replacement surgery in December and he is on the mend and doing well. He wants to thank everyone for their wishes for a quick recovery. It won’t be long before he is back to normal.
King Bros Racing would like to thank all of their partners from 2008 and looks forward to their return in 2009. KBR partners include Ohio CAT, Hunyady Auctions, Jim Brown Seed Sales, Motul, R.D. Banks Chevrolet, GS Engine Power, Mahan Welding & Fab, Reese Services, Finished, Bristol Disposal, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, The Barbershop at Champion, Alltel, Arrowhead Trucking, Essroc Italcementi, V-P Racing Fuels, A-1 Racing Products, Port City Racing, Cortland Banks, Nader & Nader Law Offices, Baumgardner Funeral Homes, King Bros Ready-Mix, 1st Place Insurance, Cintas, Shafer Sanitary, Cedar Steel, Cunningham & Associates, Gustavus Hardwoods, Meander Homes.
“King Bros. Racing takes their relationships with their sponsors very seriously,” remarked Rex Sr. “Not only are they an integral part of the race team that gives us the ability to go out and perform well every week, they are an absolute asset to the entire Mahoning Valley. We are tickled to death just to be associated with each of them.”
KBR is currently in discussion with several potential new partners for 2009 and welcomes inquiries from businesses interested in joining their motorsports marketing program. For additional information, please contact Sis King (330/727-0565) or log into http://www.kingbrosracing.com.