BELLEVILLE, ON (May 25, 2019)- Many look at a trip to the hometown speedway as a seasonal rite of passage. On and off for about the last 15 years, Robbie Wilson would fall into that category. But in his case, the 32-year-old from Belleville, Ontario, who works as General Manager at the family business, Wilson Motors, has been a competitor in the weekly wars at Brighton Speedway.
Almost immediately after his eighth place finish in last year’s Pro Late Model championship chase, Wilson and his team including his father Bruce and family friend Rick Pynch went to work on the #09 machine to help him turn the corner and take the next step up the ladder.
“The level of competition gets higher every year and you have to do everything you can to stay in contention for the crown,” Robbie Wilson said. “Consistency is the key to any successful short track racing season. You don’t need to win every race, but you need to be in the running and I’m confident that we have the right equipment and experience to put together some strong finishes.”
Already a couple of weeks into Brighton Speedway’s 2019 season, Wilson says he’s happy to have Wilson Motors, KD Transmissions, APC Auto Parts, Rapid Rad, Marlene Letourneau/ Exit Realty and Vinyl Solutions back with the team and welcomes Gates Race Design and Karen Cofield Home Inspection for their first year with the #09 car.
Along with his starts on the home track turf, Wilson, who is entering his fourth season of action in the headline division, would like to run some of the NLMA Late Model tour shows if he can find a way to juggle family life and full-time employment with his racing career.
“In addition to my own program, I just bought a go kart for my 9-year-old daughter, so I’m excited for her to do that,” said Wilson. “So many of the young racers in the sport today have come up from the karting ranks, so it’ll be interesting to see how things go. I’m not expecting her to be the next Danica Patrick or anything. Just to have a little fun.”
After a bit of a rough start and a 12th place in the rain-delayed season opener, Wilson turned things around during the year’s second show. He scored a runner-up finish in his qualifying heat and wound-up second in the night’s Late Model feature event.
“It’s a long year and we’ll just take each show as it comes,” Robbie Wilson said. “We’re a strong team and committed to doing our best for the long haul for our family, friends, fans and sponsors. I’m looking forward to seeing what the season will bring.”
Prepared by Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media