Driver / Owner Profile, Career and future Plans!
Home Town, St. Paul, Indiana
Married to – Lorie Williams
Children - Amanda & Rebecca Williams
Occupation, Engine Builder
Owner of Williams Precision Engines since 1990,, Engine Builder for some of the best UMP Modified drivers in the Midwest. Ranked in the top 3 for UMP Engine Builders in 07. Our shop builds 50 to 60 racing engines per year for Sprints Cars, Late Models, Modifieds, NHRA Drag Racers, and NTPA Truck Pullers. Our High Performance Machine Shop is very well equipped with quality equipment that even includes a new state of the art DTS Dynometer...
Web Site - www.wpespeedshop.com
1989 Started Racing Career, Finished 2nd Place in Points with the
Hoosier Kart Club of North Vernon Indiana. Winning multiple
Go Kart features & trophy dashes.
1990 –1999 Opened a new Engine / Machine Shop specializing in high performance and racing engines.. Spent that time building engines for some of the best Sprint Car, Late Model and Modified drivers in the state of Indiana. In that time and still to this day we have accumulated over 200 feature wins and over a dozen track championships as a engine builder.
2000 First year driving a Modified…Running only a limited schedule we were able to finish in the top 20 in the Traveling Northern All-stars Modified Division. 2000 was a learning year for us getting laps at famous race tracks such as the Terre Haute Action Track, North Vernon Twin City Raceway, and best of all the high banks of Lawrenceburg Speedway.
2001 Another good year for us, gathering more experience and building our resources and equipment. In 2001 we raced at several more new tracks and really began to gain respect from our peers for our top finishes...
2002 This was the year Williams Racing really made it’s mark.. In 2002 we competed on the high banks of Lawrenceburg Speedway exclusively. We attended all 27 shows on the schedule and made 24 features with a top five average finish every week. This consistency helped us clinch a third place finish in the year end championship points battle. We also clamed our first UMP Modified feature win followed up with two 2nd place finishes and a whole host of third place runs. With out a doubt the competition, as tough as they are, knew we were there to win.
2003 Ran exclusively at Lawrenceburg Speedway again. Contracted to drive for the Walters Racing Team based out of Aurora IN. Finished 5th in the season end points race. Considered to be a top 10 team.
2004 Served as Driver and Owner once again racing exclusively at Lawrenceburg Speedway. Top five consistently with a win on one of the biggest nights of the Season winning a 1000.00 paycheck. Finished 3rd once again in the seasons points championship race.. Twice during the season we led the points.
2005 Raced only a partial season at Lawrenceburg not attempting to chase points. Stayed in the top five consistently and accumulated one win at Lawrenceburg. Raced to the front of the pack at the Gas City Speedway also.
2006 Very successful season for us accumulating 13 top five finishes and a feature win attending only 20 racing events in 06. Raced a partial schedule at Lawrenceburg earning one feature win and finishing 6th in the year end points battle, even though we missed 8 events in the beginning of the season due to busy work schedules. Ventured to Twin Cities Speedway where we qualified 4th for the prestigious UMP Wolf Pack traveling series event. Finished in the top ten at Gas City I69 speedway during their last race of the season with 40 plus cars in attendance. Finished 18th out of 120 cars trying to make the biggest race of the year at Lawrenceburg
“The Big Dawg 100”
2007 We found ourselves venturing into a brand new adventure building a new pavement street stock Camaro. This car was specifically built so we could compete in the inaugural Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals held at the super fast 1.5 mile tri oval Kentucky Speedway. Our performance was exceptional starting all the way back in the 72nd position due to a random draw and working our way to 14th by the half way point of the race. Unfortunately we had a flywheel failure that put us out. Before retiring we passed all the way up to the 14th spot. Needless to say we were hungry to get revenge at the superspeedway and show our true performance capabilities with a good finish. The building of the Camaro and our new UMP Modified limited our capabilities and recourses needed to compete very much.
2008 Roger Williams Racing once again fielded two race cars on a very limited budget quite successfully! Our brand new UMP Modified chassis performed very well competing randomly at venues such as Lawrenceburg Speedway, Twin Cities Speedway and Union County Speedway. Our team was defiantly a threat to win posting top 5 finishes and funning up front every time we hit the track..
Our Pavement Street Stock performed awesome at Kentucky Speedway in May during the second running of the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals. After qualifying 5th out of 80 cars we were able to pull off a hard fought third place finish threatening for a chance to win the event. At one point we were three wide looking at the lead with only a hand full of laps left in the event. Frank Kimmel has announced that there will be a traveling series formed allowing us to compete with our pavement car at other famous venues like Rockingham Speedway, Nashville Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway as well as Kentucky Speedway.
2009 Williams Racing took a large amount of the season off to accumulate and build resources needed to make 2010 a success. A new diesel truck was purchased and our enclosed trailer got a complete make over with a totally new interior. In spite of all the renovating, we did get to go racing.
On January 1st 2009 we competed in the first annual running of the Polar Bear 150 held at Rockingham Speedway NC. Stiff competition coming from several NASCAR teams who entered cars in the event because of the race falling on their off time and cold track conditions held us back to a finish just out of the top ten out of 60 plus entered cars.
On July 4th 2009 our team made the trip back to Rockingham Speedway to be part of the 1st annual Cherry Bomb 100. After accumulating some experience in January we were better prepared for the high bank one mile oval. After starting 14th we were able to muscle our way to a 6th place finish.. Considering that this race was only our fourth time ever racing on pavement and the competition was as tough as nails we were fairly happy.
2010 Williams Racing geared up with big ambitions of competing for a championship at Lawrenceburg Speedway in the UMP Modified division. This was our first year using a 4 bar suspension and it proved be a real challenge for us. On September 19th the American Modified traveling series came to Lawrenceburg where we qualified 2nd, won our heat and finished 9th in the feature after getting spun . We also posted a good finish in the Patriot 50 held at Lincoln Park Speedway on September 11th. On January 1st 2010 we competed in the 2nd annual polar Bear 150 held at Rockingham Speedway. We qualified well and started the feature event with high expectations only to get caught up in a crash that was out of our control.
2011 Williams Racing competed primarily at Lawrenceburg Speedway racing our DIRT Modified. In spite of a lot of handling issues our team stayed just out of the top ten in points. Late season showed big promise with heat race wins, and top finishing positions and near track record lap times.. All in all we had a good year of competition competing in 15 events at four different tracks.
2012 Was a year of firsts for our team, competing primarily at the famous high banks of Salem Speedway. Our team consistently finished in the top ten earning us the 2012 Rookie of the year award. In addition we competed in our first CRA race at LUCAS OIL RACEWAY in Indianapolis. We qualified 6th and finished 11th. We also competed and finished a respectful 8th and 11th in two Kimmel series events held at the world famous Rockingham Speedway. Both races were held in conjunction with NASCAR events.
Future Plans 2013 will be a challenging year for our team with new and higher expectations being set for our selves. We will be competing at Salem Speedway racing for the Lucas Oil Great American Stock Car championship. We also have some fantastic opportunities racing with the Kimmel Series in 2013 with races being scheduled at both Iowa Speedway and Rockingham during NASCAR weekends. Races at Kentucky Speedway and Bristol Speedway are also being discussed for 2013. We will also compete in as many CRA events as possible..
2013 Looking to go fast and to the front!!! “Lets go Racing”
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Special Thanks to Lucas Oil Products, E3 Spark Plugs, K&N Filters, Creative Coatings, (350) Graphics, and VP Race Fuels.
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Roger A. Williams
Williams Precision Engines
5365 N Co Rd 700 W
St Paul, IN. 47272
Shop Phone 765-525-4825