Warner, Sefrin part ways
The race team of owner Ray Sefrin and driver Rocky “The Flying Squirrel” Warner has been one of the most potent combinations over the years no matter what division it competed in.
But now it is time for a change.
“I am no longer the driver of the Number 79,” Warner said. “Ray still owns the cars, but we weren’t firing on all eight cylinders. Things seemed like theywere starting to go south and we didn’t want to not be friends anymore. We decided to end the deal and still be friends.”
The team has won multiple track championships at the street stock, pro stock and sportsman levels and have brought home the coveted Eagle trophies from Super DIRT Week.
“We won three straight Super DIRT Week races and were on our way to four when we got wrecked,” Warner said. “You can’t take anything away from what we accomplished. Ray helped put me on the map. We raced together for a long time and I didn’t want it to end badly. I felt it was going to end badly if I kept driving for him.”
Warner is not without a ride though.
At the start of the season, he and car owner Jake Spraker put together a plan to run at Utica-Rome Speedway on Sundays and to run in some of the big money series events.
Now the 1J will be the primary car.
‘We are going to run everything,” Warner said. “Jake wants to race and, of course, I want to race. We are racing for the Troyer Cup; that was our goal originally. We also are shooting for the Utica-Rome championship and will now probably run for the Fonda points since we are not out of that.”
The question is, where will the team be on Fridays?
“Friday’s is the only thing we are not set on yet,” Warner said. “Jake has talked about going back to Glen Ridge because the track is raceable and the pay is decent. Otherwise, we may go to Brewerton or Malta once in a while or maybe even take some Friday nights off and not race at all. So right now it looks like Fridays are indefinite; Saturdays at Fonda and Sunday at Utica, then following some of the series like the King of Dirt. Jake wants performance and does not want to run around in the back of the pack and I know that.”
Warner said the 79s are together and knows whoever steps in to drive will have good equipment, but that his friendship with Sefrin is important.
“We are still on friendly terms,” Warner said. “I just thought it was the best way to go business-wise, so we do remain friends.”
After speculation of switching nights in an effort to improve car counts and attract more fans to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, promoter Pete Demitraszek has made a decision.
After talking with race teams and supporters it has been decided that The Ridge will remain a Friday night racing venue.