DURHAM, ON- On the heels of a frustrating season opener less than a month ago, OSCAAR Modified Tour sophomore Tommy Robb is more than ready to return to Sunset Speedway in hopes of improving his family-run race program.
‘Relentless’ debuted a new setup in Round 1 of the tour on May 16th, and battled through mechanical issues and breakdowns all afternoon en route to an 11th place finish.
Despite the solid result on the score sheet, Robb was less than pleased with his performance.
“That was the worst night we’ve had in two seasons on the tour – I’m very much looking forward to getting back to Sunset and earning my guys some redemption,” says the former Late Model regular. “We had just finished the car the night before. We were still finishing the setup on it after we unloaded for practice”
“Our budget has been tight through the off-season, and unfortunately it pushed our schedule way back,” continues Robb. “When you’re racing against guys of this caliber, one little misstep like that can have you left behind”
After an afternoon’s worth of issues, Robb advanced 7 positions in the feature event – in a last ditch effort to salvage the team’s night.
“As frustrated as we were in the season opener – we still started 18th with a brand new race car and finished 11th,” shrugs the Durham, ON driver. “We made a lot of progress and I still feel as though this program has a world of potential”
“I know that we have what it takes to be contenders on this tour. We just have to get on track and prove it”
With more than two weeks of preparation, the team insists they are ready to start anew in Round 2 of the season – with a second chance at Sunset Speedway on June 6th.
“Last time we were at Sunset, we spent the whole day chasing bugs out of the car. It’s going to be a much different story this Saturday,” assures Robb with a smile. “We’ve spent two weeks preparing this car and I feel as though we now have a package strong enough to make a top-5 run”
“Running on this tour can be a humbling experience at times,” muses the one-time Varney Motor Speedway regular.
“You can go from the highest highs to the lowest lows in an instance. The competition is so tight. Sunset is a place that seems to bring that extra motivation out of a driver. Everyone wants to win there just a little bit more than anywhere else. It’s the perfect place to get momentum back on our side.”
Tommy Robb’s 2015 season is made possible thanks to First General Services of Hanover and Kitchener, Sturrock Construction, Roymar Demolition, Wild’s Printing, Carquest of Fergus and the ever-present support of Tommy’s Mother and Father.
To learn more about ‘Relentless’ Tommy Robb, follow him on Twitter @Relentless88R and visit the brand new Tommy Robb Racing page on Facebook.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)