Cosner #66c Racing

Driver: Matt Cosner

            My Racing History

 

I began racing a Quarter Midget when I was seven years old in Hagerstown, Maryland. I raced Quarter Midgets for seven years and was very successful. During those years, I had 39 feature wins. I held the title of Track Champion in several divisions at the Hagerstown Quarter Midget Track. I won races and achieved fast time awards at the State level in New Castle, Delaware. I also competed at the National level in Terra Haute, Indiana and Hagerstown, Maryland with top five finishes each year.

In 2005, I began racing an open-wheel modified car on dirt tracks. In this division, I competed for the first time against all adults on a full size race track. I raced at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, Pennsylvania and Hill Valley Speedway in Orbizonia, Pennsylvania. The week after my 15th birthday I accomplished my first win at Hill Valley Speedway and two weeks later picked up my second win at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. With these wins I earned the respect of my fellow drivers and a lot of fans. I finished the season fifth out of 41 drivers in the final point standings at the Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.

 I continued to race an open-wheel modified in 2006 and 2007. Early in 2006 I struggled with an older car, but managed to win three heat races. Towards the end of the season, I was given a new car by Throw-N-Dirt Chassis in Monongah, West Virginia. I completed the remainder of the season with three second place finishes and finished second in the point standings at the Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. The 2007 season was a building time for me in the open-wheel modified. However, I was able to finish third in the point standings at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Late in the season, I was given the opportunity to drive the Bullitt Chassis house car. Racing this car, a late model, gave me the chance to step into a new class. After six races and discovering that moving into a higher class is an exciting challenge, I decided it was what I wanted to do the following season. Driving a late model also gave me the opportunity to race at various dirt tracks.

 In 2008, I bought the Bullitt Chassis house car that I had raced in 2007 and prepared it for a full season of racing. In addition to struggles, it was also a new experience for the race team. I raced weekly at The Rock Speedway in Cumberland, Maryland and numerous times at The Hesston Speedway in Hesston, Pennsylvania. I also raced at the Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, Pennsylvania and at The Bedford Speedway in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Overall, I accomplished finishing in the top 10 fourteen times and in the top 5 four times. I finished fourth in the point standings at The Rock Speedway. I also was awarded best effort at The Rock Speedway.

 The 2009 season was a learning experience for me and my race team. With one season of competing in the dirt late model class under our belts, we knew what to expect and were prepared for an exciting season. After 6 weeks of competition, our race team decided to purchase a new, different brand race car. With this change, we were hopeful for better results. Throughout the .summer of 2009, improvement was constantly being made. We were able to race at a variety of tracks, which with the addition of the new car, aided in the learning process for me as a driver. Fortunately, I was able to race at primarily at The Rock Speedway in Cumberland, Maryland, The Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, Maryland, and The Bedford Speedway in Bedford, Pennsylvania. In addition to those tracks, I was able to race at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, The Hesston Speedway in Hesston, Pennsylvania, and Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, Pennsylvania. I was able to finish 9th in the points standings at The Rock Speedway, even after having missed four races due to getting the new car. My race team and I were satisfied with the finish of the season, but are making changes to prepare for a better season in 2010.