Kevin Bolland

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Kevin Bolland (born November 6, 1959) was born in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. Kevin works at their family owned business, Bolland Machine located in Chippewa Township, PA. He races the #777 DIRTcar Big Block Modified at dirt track circles in the NorthEast.

Kevin Bolland
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Revin' Kevin Bolland 2007
NationalityAmerican
Born (1959-11-06) November 6, 1959 (age 60)
New Brighton, Pennsylvania
Super DIRTcar Series career
Debut season1982
Current teamBol-Tech Motorsports, Inc.
Car number777
Championship titles
2002, 2006, 2010
1985, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008
1982
2009
Lernerville Speedway
Tri-City Speedway

Mercer Raceway Park
DIRTcar Western Region

Racing career[edit]

Kevin Bolland's racing experience dates back to his childhood. Like many drivers, his first influence of racing came from his father Don, who introduced him to racing at an early age. The New Brighton, PA, native spent much of his youth driving and winning soap box derbies, which won him a trip to Akron, Ohio, Derby Downs for the world finals in 1971.[1]

In 1979 at the age of 20, Kevin competed and toured the country with the pro motocross series. In the spring of 1979 Kevin suffered a serious motorcycle accident requiring 3 surgeries and 17 months in a cast. While recovering Kevin decided to get into some sort of stock car racing, so his father, Don, contacted friends from his drag racing days. They spoke to Darrell Dean and Ernie Toth for whom Don had built big block Chevy race engines; they introduced him to Jim Cole who built chassis's in Oxford, PA. Shortly after, they ended up putting a car together with Jim Cole. The relationship produced an innovative car design, Jim built the chassis, while Don's engine shop, D&D Rebuilding Service of New Brighton, PA, (now Bolland Machine) built the engine package. The cars first race was driven by Danny Johnson, a NY D.I.R.T. track star at Syracuse’s New York State Fairgrounds in October 1981. These events would enable Kevin to make the demanding adjustment from motocross to big block modified dirt racing.[1]

The Bolland family purchased the new “Cole” built chassis and Kevin started racing his own car in the 1982 season as a rookie big block dirt modified driver. This season proved to be a banner year, and as a rookie Kevin won 7 features between Mercer Raceway Park, Lernerville Speedway, and Sharon Speedway. He won the track championship at Mercer, won Lernerville’s Invitational Event, and also captured rookie of the year for cavalcade points for western PA.[1]

From that rookie year on, Kevin and the Bolland racing team continued to achieve a venerable reputation for racing and building cars—capturing the 1985 and 2000 Tri-City Speedway track championships.[1]

In 1991 the Bolland family business was growing and Kevin’s responsibilities outside of racing were demanding more and more of his time. Bob McIltrot approached Kevin early in the year to ask if he would consider driving for his team. The opportunity afforded Kevin the time to practice his craft and perfect his driving skills. He raced for McIItrot through the 1998 season.[1]

In 1999 the Bolland's created Bol-Tech Motorsports, Inc. and purchased a new 1999 Bicknell chassis and put a team together of their own. They assigned crew members to specific jobs and challenged them to excel. Kevin’s father Don was in charge of R&D and engine program. His brother Keith crew chief, and Todd Chamberlain car preparation and chassis stats. Brother Ken and Ron Kosmal in charge of tires. Stephanie Chamberlain was in charge of event statistics. Dave Chamberlain in charge of the car’s appearance. Kevin focused on driving, chassis, suspension, and set up.[1]

Kevin has always credited his accomplishments to teamwork, doing all necessary homework, and successfully utilizing a limited budget to get the most out of a little. They innovate, focus on the team, the car, finishing races, keeping quality parts and good prevention maintenance. They also have a "don’t follow -– lead" philosophy that won them the 2002 Lernerville Speedway Track Championship and got them into the winning circle ten times in 2002 (winning 26% of their races) and finishing within the top three 56% of the time.[1]

Career highlights[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Driver profile at his Official Website; Retrieved April 27, 2008

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