PAT VERWYS LOOKS FORWARD TO MOVE
INTO OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED RACING
Pat Verwys of West Chester is a dedicated husband and racer and has
won numerous stock car races, including extra distance enduro
events. He is also a former champion at Mountain Speedway in St.
Johns, PA. Pat’s family has been involved with motorsports for many
years and helped propel his need for speed. This coming season
Verwys plans to hang up full fendered racing and try his hand at the
open wheel asphalt modified ranks.
As a youngster, he and his brothers, Bill, Jr. and Pete, traveled
to tracks across the tri-state area with their father, Bill, Sr. The
elder Verwys was and continues to be a threat at area speedways,
including Mountain Speedway, where he recently visited victory lane
in the four cylinder division.
Watching his father race at tracks such as Freeport Speedway,
Riverhead Raceway, Islip Speedway, Wall Township Speedway, Mountain
Speedway and White Lake Speedway gave Pat the itch to get behind the
wheel of a race car, which he finally did in 2003.
Pat recalled traveling with his father, older brother and mother to
some events in the 1980s, “I have been going to the track for longer
than I remember. “The racing experience for us has always been a
family event- whether it was winning the Turkey Derby (Wall Township
Speedway) in 1984 or running well at White Lake Speedway, everyone
was there together, rooting for Dad”
Pat wasn’t only a young fan of his fathers- both he and his brother
Bill, Jr., helped tune on the race car. “I can even remember Bill,
who was still in high school and me in elementary school racing home
from school to pull a motor on Monday so that we could have it
re-built by Friday to stay in points (hunt). “At the time Dad was
working overtime as an electrician to pay for it all) the sad part
was that this was a more than once experience”, he said.
Like his father, Pat has been a threat to win races before he even
got behind the wheel.
After taking a break through the 1990s, Bill Verwys, Sr. returned to
racing. However, this time he wasn’t alone, as the family entered
five drivers in an enduro event at Riverhead Raceway. Bill, Jr., Pat
and their younger brother, Pete, ran the event, along with their
father and his brother, Pete.
It was obvious that Pat always dreamt of racing and it didn’t take
long for him to visit victory lane. His first victory came during
his full racing season in 2004 when he took the checkers during an
enduro event at Riverhead Raceway on Long Island. Not long after,
Verwys won again, this time beating 106 other cars to the finish on
the ¼-mile asphalt track.
Even though he missed a race during the season, Verwys won the four
cylinder championship at Mountain Speedway and instead of going for
the repeat the following year, Pat moved into the V8 “Thriller”
stock car division at Mountain. After a lot of success and numerous
top five and top ten finishes, including a heat race win, Verwys
decided to give Wall Township Speedway a try.
He quickly found success racing at the Jersey Shore and notched a
number of top fives and many top ten finishes.
Moving onward and upward was his goal from the get-go and Verwys is
looking forward to the opportunity of piloting a modified.
Entering his sixth full season in stock car racing, Verwys recently
purchased a sport modified with hopes to pick up rookie of the year
honors at Mountain Speedway. The sport modified cars are much like
the NASCAR open wheel modifieds, with the exception of a more
affordable engine package and skinnier tires.
Pat is in the process of securing sponsorship and team members that
will help guide him to consistency in the popular division. He hopes
to qualify for every event that he enters and run a consistent, full
season at Mountain Speedway, which will give him the valuable seat
time that will help him to move up in divisions over the next few
Pat’s main goal at Mountain Speedway is to start and finish each
feature and hopefully finish in the top ten in the point standings.
He also plans an attempt to qualify for a minimum of three SST
(Super Short Track) modifieds shows in the Southern Tier of NY.
The young rookie also hopes to qualify for his first RoC (Race of
Champions) SST event. His main goal for that race is to start and
finish. With competition in the series, a finish to Verwys would
feel like a win during his rookie campaign.
Currently Pat seeks sponsorship to help fund his race team. The
more quality sponsors Verwys accrues, the better and more prepared
his equipment will be.
Pat’s first laps in his new race car will be run at Mountain
Speedway in late March.