DURHAM, ON- OSCAAR Modified Tour Rookie Tommy Robb will make his first career Modified start at Sauble Speedway on July 26th, as he looks to contend for his first career Rick Woolner Memorial victory.
“I grew up watching Rick race at Varney, this is an event I’ve been waiting for all season”, said Robb. “Rick was a legend in the Open Wheel Modified division, and it’s going to be an absolute honour to be a part of his memorial race”
“The goal this weekend is just to have fun and enjoy ourselves as a team. Of course we want to have a strong run, but the primary goal is to honour Rick and remember everything he meant to our sport”
The former Ltd. Late Model regular will look to rebound from a forgettable trip to Capital City Speedway, that saw Robb and team grapple with engine issues en route to a pair of 7th place finishes.
“It’s been a long couple of weeks since Capital City, this whole team is looking forward to getting back on track and putting that trip behind us”, explained Robb.
“Our first full season in this style of car has been a challenge at even the best of times. It’s so much different from what I was used to with the Late Model, so this is all about adapting. We’ve already learned so much, and have found a lot of consistency in our program. Hopefully, we can get that going at Sauble”
Robb is quick to mention just how challenging Sauble can be, and how much of an impact starting position will have on the race’s outcome.
“Starting spot is key. Just like every week”, said Robb. “The closer you are to the front, the less chance you have of being caught up in a wreck. Our last few races have been pretty tame, but there’s a lot on the line this week, I’d bet good money that you’ll see some action”
“Sauble is a tough place to plan and strategize for because it’s so unique. Each end of the track is different from the other, and you have to attack it differently. Consistency is going to be the lynchpin of success this weekend. There isn’t much of a top groove there, so if we can find the bottom and roll the center, we’ll be in good shape”
Despite the long list of contenders on the OSCAAR tour, Robb makes it clear there’s one driver in particular he needs to keep in his rearview mirror.
“We’re unloading on Saturday with hopes of beating Gary McLean”, remarked Robb matter-of-factly. “I have all the respect in the world for that man. In my opinion, this is his division. This is his favourite race. He’s going to be tough to beat this weekend. He’s the high water mark that we’ll need to contend with”
Tommy Robb’s ‘Rick Woolner Memorial’ appearance will be made possible thanks to First General Services of Hanover and Kitchener, Sturrock Construction, Roymar Construction, Revolution Race Products and the support of Tommy’s Mother and Father.
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By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)