Kevin Bolland

Motorsports ∙ New Brighton







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 the sport at an early age. The New Brighton High School graduate 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.   

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 stock car racing, so his father, Don, contacted friends from his drag racing days. The relationship produced an innovative car design and those events would enable Kevin to make the demanding adjustment from motocross to big block modified dirt racing.   

The Bolland family purchased the new ďColeĒ 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 Lernervilleís Invitational Event, and also captured rookie of the year for cavalcade points for western PA.   

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. In 1991 the Bolland family business was growing and Kevinís 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.   

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, one that has continued Bollandís tradition of excellence, including Track Championships at Tri-City Speedway and Lernerville Speedway.

Bolland has always credited his accomplishments to team work, doing all necessary homework, and successfully utilizing a limited budget to get the most out of a little. Bollandís team innovates, focuses on the team, the car, finishing races, keeping quality parts and good prevention maintenance. They also have a "donít 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 percent of the time.   

Bolland joins the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame as the first inductee in Motorsports Auto Racing. He also joins his sister, Janice, who was inducted for her prowess in cycling in 2003.