Effective immediately, The New Moler Raceway Park (MRP) is now operating under the direction of Robert and Joey Starett along with Blake and Mariah Naylor. They have reached an agreement with Brad McCown and Kim Moler to take over operations at the southwest-Ohio, dirt oval.
“We just want to give the local drivers a facility, where they are proud to race on a weekly basis,” said Blake Naylor, who is the track’s new Director of Operations. “Our team likes to live our life based upon the concept of, ‘Do more than required when less will get the job done’. We are extremely grateful for this opportunity to be in a position to make our mark on the racing world.”
Naylor has a background in the racing world as a driver in divisions ranging from Go Karts to Chevettes and most recently Super Late Models. As he moves into his new role at the facility, he will be putting his racing career on hold in an effort to place all of his focus on helping MRP succeed. His wife Mariah is also a key member of the new staff. She is heading the concession stand effort, while also providing additional help wherever needed.
Meanwhile, Robert Starett recently ventured into the Super Late Model division. When not at the track he and his wife Joey own AirMax, which is a heating and air conditioning company. The husband-and-wife duo also enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren as well as their horses.
Naylor, who lives just a few minutes from the facility, made his debut in his new role back on August 16 during the Ike Moler Memorial. He also oversaw operations during last Sunday night’s “Back to School” program.
“Moler Raceway Park is a place that has thrived in the past, and our staff knows that with a lot of hard work that we can get it back to its full potential,” Naylor commented. “I want to thank Brad [McCown] and Kim Moler for all of their help in this transition. They’ve been great to work with. Last but not least, I want to thank all of the fans and racers, who believe in us and our vision for MRP. There’s some really great things in the works.”
The staff is currently in the process of adding more dates to the remainder of the 2019 schedule. On Friday, September 13 a racing program has been added, which will include Late Models, Sports Mods, Compacts and Mini Sprints. An additional date is being scheduled for Friday, September 20. On this night Late Models, Crate Late Models, Modifieds and Sport Mods will share the spotlight.
“We’ve had to shuffle some dates to avoid scheduling conflicts with neighboring tracks, but we still plan to race at least a few more times this season,” Naylor revealed. “We have some major improvements planned for the facility in the offseason, and in the near future we’ll also be working with race teams, who would like to do private testing at the track.”