YUHAS, JR. & KLM MOTORSPORTS
car owner Curt Chase of Mansfield Center will join
driver Ron Yuhas, Jr. and the Mike Murphy owned KLM
Motorsports as the team’s crew chief for the 2013
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season. Chase, along
with his son Eric, bring years of experience and
valuable knowledge to the already solid team.
“Since we went back racing the Tour full-time, we
talked a lot about what we thought our weaknesses
were,” said Yuhas, Jr. “We all agreed that we needed
a more experienced crew chief.”
Chase has more than just experience, he has an
acumen for winning. As an owner, Chase had earned
victories in the Modified Tour with the likes of
Rick Fuller, Steve Park, John Blewett, III, and Doug
Coby. Chase and Fuller earned the Series’
championship in 1993.
After retiring from racing in 2008, to spend more
time with his family and other hobbies, Chase had
been absent from the racing community.
“I had conversations with Curt years ago. I admired
him a lot,” continued Yuhas. “His name came up quite
a few times over the last year or so. But we weren’t
sure he would even want to get back into racing.”
After seeing Chase at a Tour race in Stafford, Yuhas
approached his car owner Murphy and his long-time
crew chief Steve Dodge. Collectively, they decided
it made sense. During the off season, Yuhas put in a
call to Chase.
“After meeting with the team, we all agreed it would
be a great fit,” said owner Murphy. “We approach
racing as a family affair and that is important to
us. Curt and his family will make a great addition
to our family.
Both Curt and Eric will join car chief Steve Dodge
of Groton, and the existing crew of Rich Marquardt
of Groton, Russ Montgomery of Griswold, Keith Nason
of Norton, MA, Danny Price of New London, Chris
Smith of Killingly, Patrick Yuhas of Groton.
“I’m glad to be back involved,” said Chase. “I hope
that I can have a positive impact on the team. I’m
really looking forward to getting the season started
and to accomplishing great things with Ron, Murph,
Steve and the entire team.”
The Chases make a great addition to a solid pit
crew, including members who have been with Yuhas
since his earliest years of competition.
“Steve is truly the glue that keeps this team
together,” said Yuhas, of his long-time supporter.
“He will continue in the pivotal role of maintaining
the cars each week. Adding Curt’s knowledge and
expertise will be a huge boost to our program.”
The KLM Motorsports Team finished the 2012 season
with two (2) top-five and five (5) top-ten finishes
in 14 starts; capping off the 2012 season 10th in
point standings. The goal for the 2013 season is
more top-finishes and another top-ten in the final
Learn more about Ron Yuhas, Jr. and the KLM
Motorsports Team visit
www.ronyuhas.com or the Ron Yuhas fan page
on Facebook. Follow Ron on Twitter at @ryuhas64.
Source: Dale Wolbrink / KLM Motorsports