Rogers, Sustaire taking on new challenge for 2022

By Phil Whipple,
RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer

PETTY, Texas — Two of the most high-profile and respected short track promoters in north Texas are taking on a new challenge in 2022. These longtime business partners with a love for our sport left the track they ran the last three years, bought a different facility and are now charging ahead at full speed.

Just before Christmas, longtime promoters Kevin Rogers and his partner Kevin Sustaire announced they had purchased the former 82 Speedway in Petty, Texas, and have changed the name to Rocket Raceway Park. The track will run on Saturday nights in 2022, with five divisions in action.

“I'm more than excited to be making a fresh start,” Rogers said. “I'm on my way back to Texas now in fact after working to create a buzz for what we're doing up at the Tulsa Shootout on Tuesday night. We've been working overtime to ensure everybody will be just as excited when we go racing in 2022.

“Kevin and I have learned a lot working together since 2015. We'll apply that knowledge and our love for putting on good shows to Rocket Raceway Park. It's a great facility, we have a busy schedule and partners are coming on board with us. This is the most excited I've ever been about a new season.”

While Rogers is the more public face in this dynamic duo of short track promotion, it's Sustaire who is hands-on at the race track most days. He fills the roles of Race Director, Operations Manager and a whole lot more. He wears several hats, yet has the business savvy and skills to do it all extremely well.

“I just enjoy that aspect of it, working to make sure everything goes off smoothly,” Sustaire said. “I like things to look their best, I was at the track today in fact working on the grounds. We want fans to feel at home with us in a clean atmosphere while enjoying some great short track racing. It is a ton of work.

“We wanted to announce this deal about a month before we actually did, but needed to have all the details worked out. A lot of planning went into this effort before we ever went public. Now, it's all coming together nicely, and we'll announce the last few additions to the schedule as we get into 2022.”

Rogers echoed the volume of planning and work involved in this new venture.

“Kevin and I joke sometimes that we talk to each other more than we do our significant others,” he said. “It does take a lot of time on the phone, meetings and much more to make it happen. We both share the same passion for racing and the goal of providing quality racing to fans across north Texas.

“The big thing for me is as I go out and sell our program to businesses, I know when they get to the track for their night, everything is going to be perfect. Kevin takes care of every detail, so that sponsors and our customers in the stands have a great experience. It gives me big confidence and great pride.”

The 2022 season at Rocket Raceway Park will kick off on March 4-5 with the Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Modified Tour's Texas Spring Nationals. You can can't much bigger for an opener.

“I'm pretty excited to have the USMTS teams in for two nights to kick off our new schedule,” Sustaire said with obvious excitement in his voice. “They always put on a fantastic show, and we'll have the track ready for them when they arrive. We have some other tours coming in during the year, as well.”

Weekly racing will have a fresh new look at Rocket Raceway Park, yet the classes all make good sense. They'll run USRA Limited Modifieds, USRA Factory Stock, USRA Stock Cars, Eco Mods and Trooper Cruisers in their regular programs.

“I think bringing the USRA Stock Cars into the show should be exciting,” Sustaire added. “I love that class and know they are a fan favorite. I also think the Trooper Cruisers are a solid entry-level division. We'll alternate weeks with Superbowl Speedway in Greenville for the USRA Modifieds since there aren't enough of them around here to run them weekly. We're hoping to build on that for the future.”

For race fans in north Texas considering making the new Rocket Raceway Park their home for weekly racing in 2022, Rogers says enhancing their experience is always the main goal.

“Kevin and I are dedicated to providing a great place to bring the family on Saturday nights,” he added. “Rocket Raceway Park will be that clean, family-based atmosphere where folks can come, relax, have a great time and witness some great dirt track racing. We're both excited and proud at the same time.”

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