By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
EPPING, N.H. -- Heading into a busy weekend of racing for the Bobby Webber Racing team, driver Bryan Kruczek will be chasing two wins behind the wheel -- one in a Late Model Sportsman and one in the team Pro Stock.
Kruczek will be looking for his eighth victory at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, July 30, hoping to hoist yet another trophy in the Boyd Technology No. 19, sponsored by Vynorius Piledriving and Hedges Excavating. On Saturday, the team will make the trip to Claremont Motorsports Park to get back into Pro Stock competition with the Granite State Pro Stock Series in their biggest race of the year, a $10,000 special.
However, the weekend will mean a lot more to the team other then just chasing a few trophies and the big check. On Friday morning, all of the New Hampshire short-track community learned of the passing of Steve Krupski, a fixture at Star Speedway and other tracks in the area for more than 40 years. Steve was known as the one guy in the pit area you could count on to brighten up your day at the track, no matter how difficult it was going. His sudden passing leaves a sense of shock and sadness over the entire community.
But, this weekend, the team goes on to race in his honor.
"41 years of dedicated friendship, always a smile on his face and always genuinely happy to see you and spend time with you," team owner Bobby Webber Jr. said in a Facebook post. "I'm so happy I got to see you last Saturday at the SBM at Star, it was like you knew, you knew you needed to see your family one last time. It's one of those days you knew was coming, but one you hoped never would. I'm going to miss you Steve."
Kruczek is second in the Lee USA Speedway Rodfather Late Model Sportsman championship battle with seven wins after missing one event, and enters Saturday's Pro Stock special fourth in the Granite State Pro Stock Series championship standings with one victory on the season.
Action at Lee on Friday begins at 7 p.m., and Claremont racing begins at 4 p.m. For those who can't make it to the track, Claremont's action will be shown on Speed51.TV beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Lee is not televised.
For more information on Bobby Webber Racing, visit bobbywebberracingllc.com and follow the team on Facebook. Additional information regarding services for Steve will be released to the public once made available by his family.