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Real Name: Matt Roberts
Hometown: Afton, NY
Tracks Where I Race: I-88 Speedway, Afton, NY, Skyline Raceway, Blodget Mills, NY
Non-Racing Hobbies: Woodworking, vinyl grafix
Classes I've Raced: Dirt Pro Stocks, Karts, IMCA Modifieds
Classes I Currently Race: IMCA Modified
My Personal Website: http://www.mrgrafix.net/rfracing
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Matt began his racing career in 1997. He had been going to the races with his dad since before he could remember. Matt always went to a go kart track where you could rent the karts, and have some fun. That was called Northgate Speedway, and was located in Binghamton, NY. That is where Matt learned to get the "feel" for what vehicle was doing.
He started racing in a Dirt Pro Stock, that his dad had raced for a couple of years. His best finish that year would be a 4th on his first trip up to Thunder Mountain, in Center Lisle, NY. He would race partial seasons up until 2001 when he got his first full season in up at Thunder Mountain. Matt also got his first win, and finished 7th in points in the Pro Stock. He ran the following season in a new home built car up until August, and the motor blew. Matt then moved down to NC with his girlfriend of 4 years at the time, Dawn Ahrens. Dawn also came from a slight racing background. She went to Lebanon Valley Speedway to help out a family friend. Down in NC they couldn't afford a race car, so they were introduced to Oval track karts. Matt started driving in his own equipment for the first time. He picked up his first win in a kart at the end of the summer the following year 2 weeks before he sold it to move back up to NY. Once back up in NY, Matt purchased another kart, and began racing again. He ran his dad's IMCA modified a few times in 2007, and got a couple good finises out of it. 2008 Matt teamed up with Billy and Jake Maynard at MEI Motorsports to run in the new Sportsman Division at Wyalusing Valley Motorsports Park in Wysox, PA. It proved to be a great match as Matt went on to win the Championship in the class with 9 wins on the season. Jake ran the kart in the SportsKids division, and had pretty good success as well with 2 wins, and a 2nd place finish in the standings.
My current car is a home built car that I myself did about 90% of the work on. My dad and his crew helped some on it also. This is the first car I have ever attempted to build at all. It has a 71 GTO front clip underneath it. Last summer I spent a lot of time researching different chassis, and modeled mine after a few different chassis, plus some of my own ideas. I run a Chevy 355 on gas. I'm under powered and underfunded compared to many of the front runners in the area, but I make due with what I got.
My Sponsors are Custom Fabrication Inc. (www.Customfabricationinc.com), M.R. Grafix(www.mrgrafix.net), Bell Racing(www.bellracing.com), and the Nineveh Country Store.
Sponsors for the 2011 Season(as of 11/28/10): Nineveh Country Store, Optima Batteries(www.OPTIMAbatteries.com), M.R. Grafix(www.mrgrafix.net)
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- 3 Feature wins
- 17 top fives
- 18 top tens
- 48 total races
- 3rd in points at Thunder Mountain Speedway
- 10th in points at Five Mile Point Speedway
- 6th in the IMCA Eastern Region points
- 4th in the IMCA State Points4th in the Nation for IMCA Modified Rookies out of 90
- 1st in the IMCA Modified Eastern Region Rookies
- 48th in the Nation out of 2,356 entrants in the Modified class
- 3rd in Empire State Series Points
- First ever Rookie to win an Empire State Series race!