Official Press Release
August 26, 2011
Steel Block Bandits Corp. Office
Management Change within The Bandits
In 2012, Butch Mayo and Greg Keister will be the new promoters and operators of the Steel Block Bandit Late Model Racing Series. Mayo and Keister come into this position with years of racing experience. Both parties have raced at tracks like Winchester, Hagerstown, Potomac, Virginia Motor, Elkins and many more.
Mayo has worked within the series from the start controlling all web site and logo designs. The last two years Mayo has been involved with rules, tech, nightly operations and flagging.
Keister has working within the series the last two years as the head tech person. Keister has assisted with nightly operations and development of motor, tire and weight rules.
Butch and Greg will bring fresh new ideas to the series. “I am looking forward to the 2012 season. Butch and I have done our homework. We will continue with the vision that Wilson set in 2009 by keeping this a local, economical and a fun series”, Greg Keister.
Items that Butch and Greg would like to pass on:
· The engine rule for 2012 will be: 365 cubic inch or less/steel block only
· Butch and Greg plan on attending a few off season events - shows, expos, etc...
· Butch and Greg will visit each team over the remainder of the season to get opinions and ideas on how to improve the series
· There will be a "drivers survey" going out at the next few events to get feedback from the drivers/crews
· There will be some changes within the membership
Butch and Greg have developed a great working relationship with the drivers. They will be leaning on the race teams for input to ensure the success of the series. “Without the drivers, there will be no series. All track promoters, racing series and race teams need to work together. The economy is still very fragile,” Butch Mayo.
Two Drivers Reinstated
The D&D Auto Recycling Steel Block Bandits Late Model Series has rescinded its suspensions of car owner, Moe Defino, and late model driver, Daniel Snead, effective Aug. 24. Defino and Snead were suspended by the series for separate off-track incidents at Bandits races earlier in the season. Defino’s incident occurred at Virginia Motor Speedway in victory lane while Snead’s incident took place in the pits at Eastside Speedway.
“I informed everyone at the driver’s meeting at Natural Bridge that Moe (Defino) would be suspended for a period of time because of his unprofessional behavior in victory lane in VMS, although I never indicated how much time it would be,” said Danny Wilson, promoter of the Steel Block Bandits series. “Two races have passed since the altercation at Virginia Motor Speedway, and I feel that this is sufficient. Moe is a quality car owner that has been successful within our series, and I hope that he will rejoin the series with added success,” Wilson continued.
In conjunction with Defino’s reinstatement, Wilson has decided to reinstate Snead at the same time. Daniel’s team was suspended for fighting after a Bandits event at Eastside Speedway. “Daniel is a very talented driver who I foresee being very successful in the late model ranks,” Wilson said.
Defino, of Baltimore, Md., is the owner of Pro Fabrications, which specializes in the manufacturing of the MD1 chassis. He has served as car owner for Severna Park, Md., driver Kyle Lear, who has two wins in the Bandits series. Lear claimed the 2010 Bandits sanctioned Western Maryland National at Allegany County Speedway and won a Bandits race at Potomac in the series’ inaugural year in 2009. Snead, of Crimora, Va., is a campaigner at the Eastside Speedway and won that track’s sportsman division title in 2010.
“Our series has been idle for a few weeks and now we’re gearing up for the Natural Bridge-Eastside double-header in early September. I feel this break has given us all ample time to regroup, refocus and start anew,” Wilson stated. “I welcome back these two gentlemen and wish them much success in their endeavors.”
The Bandits are set to return to Eastside Speedway on Sept. 9 and Natural Bridge Speedway on Sept. 10. “These two tracks have been with this series since 2009, and I can’t thank them enough for the support they have shown this series,” Wilson said. “G.W. Fitzgerald and Tim Southern of Eastside, as well as Larry and Karey Ramsey of Natural Bridge, have been some of my strongest supporters since day one, and I look forward to many more years of continued success with these two tracks and the SBB series,” Wilson said.
More than $18,000 is up for grabs in the double-header at Eastside and Natural Bridge. Both races are $2,000 to win, $150 to-start events. Walker Arthur enters the Sept. 9 race at Eastside as the point leader, holding a 34-point advantage over Booper Bare, who sits second in the standings. Rick Singleton is third in the standings, followed by Kyle Merkel and Matt Cosner, respectively.
Continue to check steelblockbandits.comin the coming days for more news and information.
The Future of Danny Wilson looks Bright
Danny Wilson, the founder of the Bandits is not walking away from racing. For the past three months, Wilson has been the promoter and operator of the Motocross track at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg Pa. Wilson will continue to promote the motocross track and work closely with Rick Jones and Oval Track Promotions at Roaring Knob and Cumberland Speedways. Wilson and Jones are also activity seeking other opportunities in hopes to bring dirt track racing to a new and much needed higher level.
Wilson is no stranger to oval track promotions. For four years Wilson was the General Manager at Winchester Speedway in which he developed an outstanding sponsorship program that many other tracks use today. Wilson did everything from mow the grass, water the track, weekly maintenance and nightly operations.
Just a few accomplishments at Winchester as Wilson was the GM:
· In 2006 Wilson was able to obtain sponsors for every race with several races having more than one sponsor
· Negotiated the deal with Coke to get a new score board
· Obtain a tractor and trailer load of guard railing
· Obtain several hundred gallons of paint
· Obtain sponsors for all racing divisions
· Started Turn 5 Turn Around
· Started the Kids Corner
Wilson left the Winchester Speedway in 2009 to start the Steel Block Bandit Late Model Racing Series. Danny Wilson and his wife Patti have worked with the drivers and track promoters to give the race fans the best possible racing series in the Mid Atlantic Region.
“The series has grown so much over the past three years. I have enjoyed working with everyone but this is a great opportunity for me and my wife”, series promoter Danny Wilson. “Butch, Greg and I have been talking about this for the past 5 months. I know they will do an outstanding job. The series will grow even bigger with their new ideas and dedication”.
Wilson went on to say, “The motocross track will be my main focus but there are other plans for me outside of Roaring Knob and Cumberland. I have new energy and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead. Please show your support and welcome Butch and Greg as your new promoters of the series”.
Wilson will continue as the promoter until the end of the 2011 season.
Accomplishments within the series under Wilson’s guidance:
· 2009 – Over 105 race teams participated with the series
· 2009 – Our internet show interviewed over 100 drivers
· 2009 – Several write ups in Area Auto Racing News
· 2009 – Our series had a charitable golf tournament for the Victory Junction Camp
· 2009 – The series started the Steel Block Late Model Hall of Fame
· 2009 – Several drivers made a visit to the Winchester Medical Center on Christmas Eve to hand out gifts.
· 2010 – Over 200 race teams participated with the series
· 2010 – Two events have been taped and shown on local TV channels in Pennsylvania.
· 2010 – Three page article about the series in the Dirt Late Model Magazine.
· 2010 – Several write ups in Area Auto Racing News
· 2010 – Sponsored Miss Motorsports
· 2010 – The overall growth of our series from 2009 to 2010 more than doubled.
· 2011 – Largest series car count at Hagerstown Speedway for the Greg Kerr Memorial
· 2011 – Largest series point fund
· 2011 – Helped raise over $5000 for a young man in a golf tournament
· 2011 – Tripled the series booth size at the PA Expo Center to give the series and their drivers more exposure.
Wilson also wanted to thank all the fans, sponsors, race teams, series staff and track promoters.
Special thanks to the following:
· Calvin Davis from Augusta Motor Speedway
· Rick Jones from Oval Track Promotions
· Dave Wilt
· Ernie Davis from Ernie D’s Enterprises
· George Cline from Cline Construction
· Doug Timmons with the Three State Flyers
· Larry Ramsey from Natural Bridge Speedway
· GW Fitzgerald and Tim Southern from Eastside Speedway
· Roy Anderson from ARC
· Cliff Dove from Cliff Dove Motorsports Photography
· Walter and Heather Nichols from Walrus Signs and Embroidery
· Cecil B Arthur and Walker Arthur from Cecil B Arthur General Contractors
· The Merkels from Merkel Rebar
· Jonathon Dehaven
· Bruce Kane from All About Doors
· Glory Days Grill in Winchester
· Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic
· Kris Looney
· Mike Donald
· Butch Mayo from Mudslinger Web Services
· Greg Keister
· Mitch and Erica Miller
· Jimmy Richards
· Brad Omps
· Scott Merryman
· David Kaiser
· Gerald Davis
Special thanks to the following: Market America, D&D Auto Recycling, Ernie D’s Enterprises, Glory Days Grill, Cecil B. Arthur General Contractors, Bernheisel Race Components & Lazer Chassis, WRT & Cliff Dove Motorsports Photography, Revolution Band, Muddslinger Web Services, Walrus Signs & Embroidery, Hoosier Tires, Advanced Race Wear, Crims Trailer Sales, Area Auto Racing News, In the Pits Radio 106.7 The Fan, Go Fast Be Safe, Handy Dans Landscaping, Cline Construction, All About Doors, Merkel Rebar, ARC Race Cars, Cecil B. Arthur Bucking Bulls & Beef Farm and Omps Garage.
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