Car owners, John and Karen Matrafailo, announced their plans for the upcoming 2019 racing season. The Milford Pennsylvania based racing team will make the transition to the Central Pennsylvania 410 open-wheeled sprint car division with their driver Kyle Smith from South Egremont, Massachusetts.
“We have had great success in the 305 division,” said John Matrafailo. “It’s now time for us to full-fill the dream and transition our team into the premier 410 division.” The team plans to compete for Rookie of the Year honors at the famed Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, PA.
The Matrafailos and Smith had a very successful campaign in 2018 in the 305 Sprint Car division. Smith piloted the #17 to victory lane seven times in 2018, earning victories at Port Royal Speedway (2), Williamsgrove Speedway (1), Path Valley Speedway (1), BAPS Speedway (1), Clinton County Speedway (1) and Grandview Speedway (1).
Smith won the track championships at Port Royal Speedway and Path Valley Speedway. He finished the season as the runner up in the PA Sprint Series Points Standings. In the IMCA Racing Series for Sprint Cars, Smith finished 9th in the national standings and was ranked 2nd in the state of Pennsylvania.
“I’m thankful for this opportunity from the Matrafailos and our sponsors to be able to compete weekly at Port Royal Speedway,” said Kyle Smith. “The competition at Port Royal is always stellar and I look forward to this next step in my racing career.”
The Matrafailo Racing #17 will represent team sponsors Dickson City Hyundai of Scranton, PA; Lehighton Kia of Leighton, PA; A-1 Engines of Scranton, PA; Taylor Propane of Dover Plains, NY; Bruce’s Speed Shop of Rockway, NJ; Whitebread Racing Enterprises of Wapwallopen, PA; Mystique Salon of South Egremont, MA; Kelly Fuels of Breinigsville, PA; Neiger’s Service Center of Middletown, NY; Chuck Allessi Plumbing & Heating of Middletown, NY; and Joe Wilkerson & Sons Excavating of Sheffield, MA.
The team has also launched a new website, www.matrafailoracing.com. The site will feature news, results, and team information.
For more information about the Matrafailo Team or to learn more about marketing opportunities, contact the team’s marketing director, Jason McCahan, at 570-898-0125.