RPW Column By: MIKE TRAVERSE / RPW – GARNERVILLE, NY – After two years of strictly racing the big blocks at OCFS, Bob McGannon will once again be adding the 358 Modifieds to his racing schedule.
“After the 2017 season, it just felt like it was too much to handle,” he said. “But I really missed racing in that division and it was fun racing with them. I sold my stacker trailer, so I will have to use two trailers this year, but we are looking forward to racing both divisions. I just wanted to race more again.”
Bob is looking for better results in 2020. He is also looking forward to Brett Hearn in his new role of Director of Motorsports.
“We missed the first points race of the season in 2019 and we just were never able to catch up,” he said. “But I think we are looking at a better season in 2020. And I think Brett will make a big difference this year. He has a good understanding of the sport and he will make positive things happen.”
McGannon will have 2 Teo Pro cars with Billy The Kid power ready for the new season. And the 358 car will be sporting a different looking scheme than it’s had in the past.
“We have a great looking scheme for the small block this year,” Bob said. “The car will still be black, but it will have a different look than it’s had in the past. We will have it at the OCFS Motorsports Show in March”
Over the years since he’s started racing in 1992, Bob has gotten the nickname ‘Big Brother’. He has been always known to help out his fellow competitors and other division racers whenever he could.
“When we show up at OCFS to race, we are here to have fun,” he said. “This is our entertainment. And all through my time of racing, I always have been willing to help out our fellow racers if they needed a part or anything we could do for them.”
McGannon has a couple of goals for his team this season.
“It was an adjustment to racing on the resurfaced track,” he said. “I feel that we were gaining on it by the end of the season. For 2020, I would be happy if we could finish in the top 5 in 358 Modified points and the top 10 in the Modified points. A win with each car would be ideal.”
Sponsors on the 21M include Schultz Ford, Curti’s Landscaping, Central Deli and Bagels, Precast Concrete Sales, MCM Paving, Orange Nursery and Stone Supply, B’s Nest, Castro’s Materials, CV Plumbing and Heating, Performance Engines By Billy The Kid, and WildEats (WildEats.com).
Bob’s crew consists of Ed Alexander, Scott Kehr, Ken McGannon, Eric Lindhal Jr. & Sr., Joe Bongiovanni, Brendan Alexander, Bobby Waters and Bob’s son Robert.
Bob McGannon has been one of the most loyal OCFS competitors for a long time. It will be great for the OCFS fans to see the 21M back doing double duty in 2020.