DURHAM, ON- OSCAAR Modified Tour Rookie of the Year Tommy Robb has confirmed he will be in action this Sunday, August 10th when the tour hits Kawartha Speedway for Round 8 of the 2014 season.
The former Ltd. Late Model regular will compete despite suffering a litany of front end damage in Round 7 of the tour at Peterborough Speedway on August 2nd, in a late-race collision that also involved series point leader Gary McLean.
“We took a tonne of damage at Peterborough”, says Robb, “that was a bad deal for everyone involved. Gary had a flat and was working his way to get down on the apron and out of the way. I came up on him fast and tried to pass on the inside, not realizing where he was headed. We made contact, I ended up the grass and slid back up into traffic”
The ensuing contact bent the front clip of Robb’s No. 88R, and destroyed a number of front end and steering components.
“There was a list about as long as my arm of things we needed to replace when we backed this car out of the trailer on Sunday”, explains Robb. “Without my team, there would be no chance whatsoever of making it to Kawartha. These guys have stepped up more than I could have ever asked them to. My Dad, my brother Jacob and my girlfriend Taylor have worked their hearts out to get this car back together”
Despite the nightmarish ending, Robb maintains the team felt confident in their Peterborough Speedway performance prior to the late-race incident.
“It’s almost like a cruel sort of irony, because our car was as fast as it had been all season. We had a great run in our qualifiers, and were passing for third when we got wrecked. We’re still learning with this car, and I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish so far. We’ve had some phenomenal runs, and the results are definitely not an indication of how good we’ve been this season”
Tommy Robb will enter Kawartha Speedway 4th in tour points and currently sits 2nd in the race for the 2014 Rookie of the Year.
“We’re still in good shape as far as the points go”, says Robb. “A strong run at Kawartha can turn our program around and shoot us into the top-3. We haven’t given up on this program, and I hope I can finally bring this team the type of finish they deserve this weekend”
For details, including gate times and ticket prices, for this weekend’s event visit www.OSCAAR.ca.
Tommy Robb’s return to competition would not be possible without the support of First General Services of Hanover and Kitchener, Sturrock Construction, Roymar Construction, Revolution Race Products and Tommy’s Mother and Father.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)