Column By: TOM WENNER / RPW – BOYERTOWN, PA – One of the most popular drivers to hit the Northeast Speedway’s is celebrating his car owner’s 50th season of racing with a change in Saturday Night racing for 2023.
I sat down with Boyertown, PA racer Ryan Watt, along with his son, Logan, on Friday at the Pioneer Pole Building Motorsports Race Car and Trade Show and learned what is in store for the 2023 season for Watt Racing.
Let’s first start with the most impressive celebration the team is sharing for 2023. Car Owner, Ron Roberts is celebrating 50 years in racing. 1973 to 2023 – Ron’s 50th anniversary in the sport and the team is showing no signs of slowing down.
Special Anniversary Decals adorn both the Watt’s #14W and his son, Logan’s #4m, displaying the incredible achievement. Roberts who at age 72 still has a desire to race and continues to do so as time permits during the year.
For ’23, the team has a new Big Block and Small Block modified prepared and ready for the owner hop in and twist that steering wheel. Congrats to Ron Roberts & Ron Roberts Racing on 50 years of racing and ownership in the sport today.
With his son moving to Grandview Speedway to race this coming season, “the Electric Company” will be changing his Saturday night racing home for ’23 and will now be a regular at the Bechtelsville, PA track.
A brand new beautiful Troyer TD5 Modified with a Spec 358 will see weekly Saturday Night at the “Hill” in Bechtelsville. Ryan’s new 14W has a new color theme for ’23 with a Orange and White 14W theme.
With Ryan’s change to Grandview Speedway he is seeing some additional crew members return to help the team.
Grandview Speedway is a short 10 minute ride from the Watt Team Shop. Ryan is excited to have some additional crew help and a return to competition weekly at Grandview.
Ryan has once again teamed up with the Fitzpatrick T102 Racing Team for Friday Night racing action. They are calling it a “Fun” season at the Gods Country oval in Minersville, PA. A brand new Bicknell #T102 is being prepared for Friday night duty.
While Ryan will not race for points, when the team is not competing at Georgetown they will be racing at the Big Diamond Speedway.
Ryan will again do some traveling in 2023 chasing the Brett Deyo Short Track Super Series South Region, and some ELITE events when time permits. Ryan will attend the Bob Miller Thunder On The Hill Events and so some additional end of the year traveling to higher paying events as time permits.
The Team will look to do some Super DIRTcar Modified events during the season.
Ryan has 2 brand new Troyer TD5 Modifieds and 1 Bicknell all slated for racing action. Them is well equipped for the season with all power plants combinations needed to compete. Spec 358, Open Small Block and Big Block are ready when the tracks open.
Ryan noted that special thanks should be given to Dave Reedy from Penske Shocks, as Reedy has been working with Logan and Ryan and to help improve their program for this season.
Ryan’s 14w is adorned with a pile of marketing partners who may their ’23 season possible. The Ron Roberts Ryan Watt team marketing partners are – Penske Racing Shocks, Bowen Lettering, Jones Racing Products, IVY Settlement Group, Diamond Disposal Trash & Recycling Services, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Ronnie’s Auto Repair, Birdsboro NAPA Auto Parts, Mari-Al Auto Body, ARRAY of Monograms, Stringer’s Collision Center, Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants, and CTC Construction.