West Australian Late Model Drivers Paul Stubber and Kye Blight have recently touched down in the United States ahead of a gruelling three month racing tour across multiple states.
The duo left Perth on the 3rd June headed for Ohio in the Midwest region of the United States to begin the process of completing two cars (Rocket Chassis) prior to a heavy racing schedule throughout the next few months.
Paul Stubber in action in 2016 in the US
Stubber will contest the entire 2017 UMP Summer Nationals which is twenty nine race meetings at twenty eight different venues in thirty one days. The UMP Summer Nationals is commonly referred to as the “Hell Tour” and is the most gruelling series in all of Dirt Track racing.
The Month long odyssey gets underway this Wednesday Night (Thursday Morning Perth Time) at Brownstown Speedway and finishes 31 nights later at Oakshade Raceway in Ohio.
If that wasn’t enough racing the team then embarks on the Buckeye Speedweek before heading to some of the biggest Late Model races the US has to offer including the North/South 100 at Florence Speedway in Kentucky, the World 100 at Eldora Speedway before finishing at the Late Model Knoxville Nationals in September.
Blight is tentatively scheduled to drive for the team at a couple of race meetings in early August at Brownstown Speedway in Indiana and Ponderosa Raceway in Kentucky.
Bunbury based Kye Blight spoke with Speedway Sedan Digest before departing for the trip of a lifetime. “Looking forward to get over there to put the cars together so we can hit the road as prepared as we can be for such a tough schedule. Paul (Stubber) has given me a great opportunity to be apart of his team as he embarks on becoming the first Australian to contest the entire UMP Summer Nationals before tackling even more races after that. We’re under no illusions on how tough it is going to be to race everyday and try and cram in as much maintenance on the cars as we can in between while its close to a 100 degrees. I’m a racer myself but I can’t thank Paul (Stubber) for the opportunity to be over there with him while he contests all these big shows. It’s going to be tough to be away from home for so long but my Dad (Darren) is coming over to hang with us for a month shortly so that will be cool”.
Blight arrives back in Western Australia in mid September where he will then begin preparing a car for the Australian Summer season which begins in October. Blight went on to say “I just want to be working on these cars everyday and its what I spend every cent I earn on. I can’t wait to get this trip underway then come home and look forward to having a big season next summer in Western Australia”.
Speedway Sedan Digest will keep you up to date with the progress of the Western Australian’s throughout the duration of their tour Stateside.