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Sportsman Profile
(c) Dwight Drum


Our sites and are host to many dedicated Sportsmen who race for the gusto, often on the seat of their empty pockets. We can't say enough about that commitment, but we can give these bold individuals a few deserved sparkles from Cyberspace. Join me as I conduct this Cyber interview with one of our frequent site visitors. I've met Tony Rovito in Buffalo, and I can assure you, he deserves every cyber-moment we can launch. Follow my questions, enjoy Tony's answers.


Tony Rovito, Jr
DOB: 10-28-52
BIRTH TOWN : Bradford, Pa.

Do you have a nickname?

" "Barney" - Brian Dutton and I built an engine for an oval track quad racer - called "The Flinstone Flyer" because the guy used to put his feet down to stop....we've been Fred and Barney ever since."

Who would you most like to be like?

"Don't have an answer for that one!."

Who are your heroes?

" Brian, Elmer, Jim DiTullio, Jim McClure, Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney, and the kids at the go-kart track, the young racers!."

What are (or have been) your scariest moments?

"Getting orders to go to Viet Nam."

Do you work out?

"I walk, rollerblade, and lift weights."

Do you have a special diet?

"Italian, Chinese and Cajun food! I lived in southern Louisiana for two years, had a coon butt buddy, Ron Guidry, whose mom used to cook for us! Ummmmmmm......"

What mental routine prepares you for each run?

"I remind myself: (1.) Safety first (2.) Fun next (3.) see if you can win. I mentally play each step of the run in my head while in the staging lane. I learned about the visualization process from an article about Dave Schultz…probably from and old issue of MDR."

Do you have other hobbies?

"I like to chase and photograph severe weather, hang out at the go-kart track (it's an banked paved eighth mile oval) and ride two-stroke bikes on the street. I recently acquired a large inventory of RD350-400 parts and am spending time getting them in order...sound like fun?"

What personal quality (one trait) would you want to be admired for the most?


What's most important?
1.Fame 2.Money 3.Thrill/fun 4.Winning 5.Other

"Fun is number one...always!"

Are you happy?

"Yes. I really enjoy getting older and all the perks that go with it…remember: old age and treachery will always prevail over youth and enthusiasm!"

What could make you happier?

"If we all would treat each other better!"

If you could change one thing about motorcycle drag racing, what would it be?

"Invent more ways for getting young racers involved."

When driving a car, do you always wear a seatbelt?
1. Yes. 2. No. 3. Sometimes

"Always! I watched my midget racer buddies buckle up years ago "before" seat belts...that was convincing enough for me...they used to remind me the idea is to stay inside the nice safe steel cage!"

What does 170 (or faster) miles an hour on a motorcycle feel like?

"Like things slow down...the pass actually plays out like 2-3 minutes!."

Where do you find the most peace in your life?

"With my children and grandchild."

Other than racing do you have a full-time occupation?

"I'm a drug addiction and alcoholism counselor, and a master auto mechanic."

You're a skilled racer…What skills separate you from the fast traffic on public highways?

"My level of concentration and ability to "see ahead" in tricky situations."

What got you started in Motorcycle drag racing?

" Goin to the track with Brian, watching guys like Romine, Gast, Boyer, Clark, Lang; and a deep, deep desire to do burnout's!"

What do you worry about the most?

"I try not to...have a good friend who says worry is a useless emotion!!"

Is your career path a chosen road to the professional level?

"Very much so; includes college degrees and lots of professional training." Gary's question: How do you find the cash to race?

"I try to race on a budget; racing the two-strokes helps a lot.....we spend virtually no money on the bikes once they are ready to go racing."

Additional Comments?

"I want to thank you Dwight, and Gary, for this opportunity and all the hard work on Stripbike and Zoomster..simply the best sites out there!"

We're proud to bring the words of this dedicated Sportsman. He speaks of the grit that pushes the gusto that defines real racing. We know that many more out there besides Tony who race hard, and go home happy. We want to promote that Sportsman sequence forever…race hard, go home happy… If I can just live past one hundred or so…I'll be lucky to interview every racer who smiles just before going home.

Dwight says…BIG THANKS to Tony Rovito. He is a proud member of the motorcycle drag racing Sportsman class. We choose to honor Sportsman efforts with one strong final word…Tony Rovito is…


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