Tony RoperXpress Motorsports News and Notes 1999-07-06

Tony Roper now has a site on the World Wide Web. The site, found at: www.tonyroper.com, will feature information about Tony, Xpress Motorsports, updates from racing events, fan club information and other such items. The site was...

Tony Roper now has a site on the World Wide Web. The site, found at: www.tonyroper.com, will feature information about Tony, Xpress Motorsports, updates from racing events, fan club information and other such items. The site was officially designated on June 23 and is currently fully operational.

Tony Roper and the No. 61 IWX Motor Freight team are hitting a stretch of races at tracks that are or will be familiar to them. The team is testing currently (July 6 - 7) at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) for the next race. Following that race, the series moves to Pikes Peak (Colo.) International Raceway, Gateway International Raceway (near St. Louis), Indianapolis Raceway Park, and Michigan Speedway in Brooklyn. The team has tested at Gateway and will test at Michigan in early August. Both Roper and the Xpress Motorsports team have raced at Pikes Peak and Indianapolis Raceway Park in the NACAR Craftsman Truck Series. In fact, Roper's career best NASCAR touring series finish was a second-place finish last year in the truck race at Indianapolis. Following Michigan, the series returns to a series of tracks (Bristol, Darlington, Richmond and Dover) that Tony and the team have raced at earlier this season.

Dave Gill, 52, is a fabricator for the No. 61 IWX Motor Freight Pontiac driven in the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division by Tony Roper. When Gill is not working on racecars at the team shop or at the track, he's working on racecars. Gill formerly owned a NASCAR Winston Racing Series modified driven in the Northeast by NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Steve Park. Steve's father, Bob, has recently got restarted in racing, driving a modified on the SMART (Southern Modified Auto Racing Tour) tour on a limited basis. Gill has been working with the senior Park as his time allows. "Bob is just having a great time with that," said Gill, a native of Chicopee Mass. "The series is perfect for him. It's a pretty economical class and Bob is pretty competitive there. We really have a good time at the track."

Steve Post, 35, oversees the public relations and marketing efforts for the Xpress Motorsports team. On Tuesday evenings, Post can be found behind the public address microphone at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte for the popular Wendy's Summer Shootout Series for Legends cars. "I love short track racing and the summer shootout series fits well into my travel schedule," said Post. "We have a really good time and try not to take anything too seriously. Legends' racing is designed for people to have some affordable fun. We try to keep things pretty lively at the track. We have a lot of fun announcing the races and hope some of that rubs off on the great fans who come out for the races." Post formerly was the track announcer at Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa. and at the track formerly known as Moc-A-Tek Speedway in Lakeville, Pa. He also has announced at numerous tracks throughout New York and Pennsylvania.

NASCAR Busch Series race team members get to spend a lot of time with each other as the 32-race series moves around the country. That time gives them a chance to discuss topics in which they have in common. With the Xpress Motorsports team the chat is not always about racing. Seven members of the Xpress Motorsports team either have or are currently buying or building houses. Tony Roper and wife Michele are building a home in the Concord, N.C. area. Team manager and crew chief Dave Fuge recently purchased and moved into a house also in Concord. Other team members who have made similar moves in the past year include Dave Fuge, Jr., Dave Gill, Kim Fisher, and Mike Freeman. Steve Post is just beginning the house-buying process.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Steve Park.