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by Derek Robbie
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on Saturday, 19 December 2015
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The worst part of race season! The off-season! There are so many decisions to make during the off-season! Questions like, whether you should keep the car you have now or sell it. If you sell it, what will you buy? Also decisions on how to keep your fans updated, and what businesses to chase for sponsorship! These all cross my mind constantly when there is no car to get ready for the next race.

For my dad and I, we decided it was time to sell the Pro4 Modified and move up in divisions to a full size modified. The search for a big mod has started. Dad has started to look at a few cars, but he has also talked to a few people about possibly partnering up to race together! Yet nothing is even close to being official, dad has a lot going on concerning my future!

We are also starting to look for marketing partners and sponsorship! The more businesses I have partnerships with the more it make driving a big modified possible! I want to make that happen for sure! So if you know someone who could benefit from a unique marketing plan, let us know we can generate some ideas to help grow their business.

Another thing I have been doing this off season is helping my dad start a new business he has always wanted to do. He has started a motorsports development program to help teach racers about anything in racing that they may not know but want to know more about! He tells me he will search high and low to get some one and answer. Check out ddr-motorsports.com for more information! I am very excited to be involved in this program as a mentor!

To close my blog out I want to tell everyone to head over to Facebook and check out Derek Robbie Motorsports! I posted a video blog about how my off season is going! I also plan to start doing Saturday mornings with Derek Robbie again to keep everyone up to date on my off season and the lead up to an exciting 2016 season.

Thanks for reading my blog. Have a great and safe holiday season.

Derek Robbie
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on Thursday, 29 October 2015
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Who knew we would be in this spot by the end of the year. A season that went from missing a few races to attending all the events. There were a lot of up and downs through out the season, but in the end I learned a lot through out the year. The different driving techniques I learned  helped progress me as a driver. Going in to the last race though,I still had 1 more race to learn.I went into thompson with a 5pt championship lead, but I was ready to do what I did every week. Just go for a top 3 and let the rest take care of its self.

For a lot of my division, they were able to practice on Friday. I had a cross country event on Friday so I was unable to make practice. Saturday morning they gave us 1 round of practice and I was ready to make the most of it. I got behind the 07x and the 1m who practiced Friday and followed their tire trikes. I was able to run up on there bumpers a few times. Since it was practice dad kept telling me set up the pass but do not fully make the pass. It is only practice. I did this a few times and was happy were the car sat. The car was a little snug in the middle off but I had a good piece.

Since there was 15 divisions racing at the world series over 2 days we had a lot of down time till our heat race. This gave me a bunch of time to watch and learn! I was ready for the heat race.I started 4th in the heat race. The plan was to get out and see how far up the field we could get. Right on the start the 60 started to look past the 07x. I stayed glued to the 07x bumper hoping to push her past the 60. Unfortunately the 60 and 07x got tangled together. I hit the 07x hard pushing the bumper back. The car was fine and kept going. Unfortunately the car started to go away on me and got worst and worst. I would settle for 4th. The 60 who I was in the championship battle with got 2nd. He would gain 1 point on me in the championship hunt. This meant if he beat me by two positions and we tied for the points he would win. So the magic number was 1 position behind him, but my main focus was to go out and just race. Once I got back to the pits after the heat though we found the RF tire was going flat. That would be why my car would just not turn. It was now on to the feature. We put a used rf tire on that we used at lee, and we were ready to go.

The feature came fast and it was time to go racing. I would start 2nd. The plan was to get out and just run my race. Right on the start the 00 checked out and I settled in to my marks. The car started to have a push in the middle. I had to keep backing up my corner to get a good run up and off the corner. Quickly the 60 got by me on lap 5 and started for the 00. This meant It was time to hold the field off as long as I could. The 04 tried to follow him but I was not making it easy. For the next 12 laps the 04 kept looking under me but I used the run off the corner to hold him off. He did get around me with 5 to go. I knew I needed to gain the spot back to get the championship. I did everything in my power to get around him. I could get to his bumper but I could just not get around him.I would have to settle for 4th. The car had a push in the middle I could just not get around. This meant the 60 and I tied for the championship. He won in the tie breaker. A heart breaker for sure but a prielage for sure for having the chance to run for the championship.

I want to first off say congrats to Andy and the 60 team on a hard fought year and a congrats on the championship. I want to say a big thank you to my mom and dad for all there support the whole year! This supported me with every decision I had and believe the world in me! I cherish every moment I get to be in the garage with my dad and learn about racing! A big thank you to Nick for his support the whole year! Dad and I were worried he would not make the whole year, because he learned so fast we worried he would get too bored. He was a huge help all year. A big thank you to Timmy, johnny, and Chris for there help through out the year. I want to say a big thank you to mark g! Between our weekly texts, and our race day drawings of the line I am driving you taught me so many lessons that helped me mature so much! I cant wait for the next lesson! A big thank you to the Pro 4 club for everything they did this season! Last a big thank you to all my sponsors. They are  adidas Motorsports, Franklin Pierce University, BaddAss Incorporated, Marshall's Jewelers, Shibles Family Mattress, Bellingham Parts Plus, RN Landscaping Management and RH2way Racing Communications. 

With the season at a end it is time to look to 2016. 2015 I progressed a lot as a driver. If it was learning how to battle close with another racer, or learning how to pass I learned a lot! I cant wait for 2016. We are not sure at this time what our 2016 plans are but we will keep everyone updated as we know! We are open to any idea for right now. In closing thank you to all my fans for all the support this year! I can not wait to see what we all can accomplish in 2016. Thank you
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on Friday, 04 September 2015
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August always becomes an exciting time for me. I get to move into school, and start my cross country season. This also means I am super busy! For the second year in a row, I had a Monadnock race fall on the day of freshman orientation! With me doing sports I have been moved in for over a week but I thought it would be cool to have the car on campus. I talked to the marketing guy and he was all for it. I had my car on campus for 9-12 meeting with students and showing off my Franklin Pierce Pro 4 Modified. We were trying to draw a crowd to the race! and oh boy did I. My whole cross country team (over 40 people) decided to make the trip to the race!
 
12 came fast and it was time to head to the track. Dad and I decided to go with the same setup we had last time at this race. The car was really fast towards the end of the race. Right in first practice though, the car was not to my liking. The car had a push going into the corner, but was fast up and off the corner. I was just not happy because I could not charge the corner. We decided to swap the right side tires. It looked like the right rear was gone. The car got better but still not to my liking. It was now push in, loose off. We made a small chassis adjustment, and we put 3 fresh Hoosier tires on.
 
In the heat race I started 5th. Right on the start I got behind the 60 and got by the 11a. I settled in for a lap to then get by the 15a. The 60 got by the 93, and I tried to follow him. My car did not have enough to get by the 93. I settled in to 3rd and rode there. Brought the car home in 3rd for the heat. The car was fast, but still had a push in. I was not happy with the car but was not sure of the change we needed to do. Even at first when talking to dad I could not explain what I needed for the car. The car was straight as a bullet down the straight but was horrible getting in the corner. After I walked away for a second and regrouped we decided to check the toe, and we found our change. We had 0 toe in the car. Made perfect sense to me once dad said that. We added toe to the car, and decided to tighten the sway bar up just a little. A change I always go to for comfort.
 
After we got the car good to go, I went out to the crowd. I had over 50 people there to watch me race. It was awesome to see my whole cross country team there at the race. They even made signs for me! I had to head back to the car quickly though it was race time! I was starting 1st.

 
The plan was to try and check out out front and hold on! Right away on the start I got out front but had the 60 right on my bumper. He eventually worked his way around me by lap 4. I settled him and just hit my marks. We both opened a lead on 3rd and 4th. The 60 opened 8 car lengths on me by lap 12, but the whole time my spotter (my dad) was going just hit your line, he will come back to you. Lap 12 I knew it was go time and I was holding nothing back, and boy was my dad right. I slowly started to close. By lap 17 I was a car length back. He opened it back up to 3 lap 18 when we lapped the 2, But I was back in to running him down. Lap 19 we hit a pack of 5 cars. My plan was to get by them and try the pass. Coming to 3 to go I was at his bumper lapping the last car, and he spun. He hit my nerf bar, but that was it. the caution came out. It was now a 4 lap shout out.
 
Right on the start he got me. I jammed the shiftier only part the way into 4th. I was forced to push the clutch in and get it fully into fourth gear. He opened 3 car lengths on me. We rode there and I brought the car home in 2nd. The car was just a light snug on entry but was good. We will be even better next time. The coolest part of the whole race was having my whole cross country team come down on to the track to celebrate! A whole 50 people for the picture! That was awesome!
 
I can not thank all my sponsors enough! They are adidas Motorsports, Franklin Pierce University, BaddAss Incorporated, Marshall's Jewelers, Shibles Family Mattress, Bellingham Parts Plus, RN Landscaping Management and RH2way Racing Communications enough for all their support! If you know anyone who wants to get involved with helping a race team please let me know. Any amount of help helps out a lot more than people think.
 
The next race for the Pro 4 Modifieds was scheduled for September 12th. Sadly I will be away in Pennsylvania for a cross country race. Also I want to send my sorrow out to the club for having to cancel that race as a whole. The next race will now be September 19th at Waterford Speedbowl! I want to better my 3rd place finish!
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on Tuesday, 11 August 2015
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Finally! After 2 months off back to racing in the pro 4 modified! Off to Waterford Speedbowl we went! I have a love hate relationship with the track. We are always fast right off the trailer every time we go to this place, but something out of our hands always seems to go wrong. I was ready to change that luck.

Since we had two months off first practice was to be used to shake the car down, while 2nd practice would be used to fine tune the car. Right away it seemed just like that! First practice went flawless. I ran just around 5 laps and the car seemed very stable. The car was tight exiting the corner but really really good getting in the corner. We did notice a few times I had some smoke coming from the car, but we thought that was from the excess amount of speedy dry on the track. We did  not think anything of it and went off to second practice. We made a small adjustment to the car hoping to free it up.

Right away into second practice the small adjustment seemed to make a difference. Unfortunately the car had other ideas for us. The small amounts of smoke coming from the car in 1st practice became much bigger. I had to shut the car off and bring it into the pits for further examine. Right away we saw a lot of oil. After examining the car, and some help from Stan Mertz it was deemed the oil sender, that turns the fuel pump on and off, had a crack in it and was leaking oil. We replaced that and everything seemed good. For the heat race we put two new tires on and elected to go to the back just to be safe.

Right on the start I jumped around the 45 but had to stay on my toes. The 11a lost his shifter and was slowed in front of us. I jumped to the high side to get around him. The 45 got back under me, and we went off racing. Unfortunately I struggled to get around him and finished the race right behind him. The car still seemed tight. We decided to loosen the car up a little bit more. We did not do a big change because we did not want a loose car.

In the feature I started pole. I knew the 00 and 60 who started mid pack were going to be coming fast. My plan was get out and front and hold on as long as I can. Right on the start I did just thought. I cleared the 07 and put cruise control on. I tried to set the pace fast, but not to fast that I kill my tires. At lap 10 I had the 00 to my back bumper. It was time to give it my all. I was able to keep him back there for a few laps but with the use of lap traffic and his front bumper (cleanly) he got around me and the 60 followed. Sitting in third I wanted to stay with them in hopes they make a mistake. I did just that. They did not pull away from me. With 3 to go it seemed I had third locked up then the caution came out. It was going to be a single file restart! Right on the restart I got to the 60 bumper and hoped he was gonna punch a hole by the 00. Unfortunately the 00 did a great job holding us off. I came home third for my first podium finish of the year. I had a great car, it was just still tight coming off the corner.

I can not thank my crew enough for all there work. My dad, john, and chris worked hard all day to give me a great car! Also thank you to Stan for his help in our oil leak situation! Next Friday we are off to Lee Usa Speedway where I have been so many times,  but have never raced! That will be race 1 of 2 in 2 days! Then Saturday I head to Seekonk speedway to make my debut in the North East Mini Stock Tour! I am excited for both races.

Also thank you to all my sponsors for there continued support! They are adidas Motorsports, Franklin Pierce University, BaddAss Incorporated, Marshall's Jewelers, Shibles Family Mattress, Bellingham Parts Plus, RN Landscaping Management and RH2way Racing Communications enough for all their support! If you know anyone who wants to get involved with helping a race team please let me know. Any amount of help helps out a lot more than people think.
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Having two months between races can always be tough! Finding things to keep you busy and in the racing mood can be difficult but fun at the same time! This past week I got back in to the racing mode by helping out at two different tracks. I went to Thompson Speedway on July 29th to help out a friend in the sk modified division. They were having 3 features that night. 2 20 lap features with a 10 lap feature at the end! He needed my help on pit road and I was happy to give it o him! Unfortunately he crashed out in the first segment. The car pitted next to us needed help and since my car was out of the race I lended a hand. A rookie driver I was able to work with them on there line, and getting more comfortable with the track! The words after the third and final segment were "I finally feel comfortable driving the car, and see how my actions have been affecting the car." All in all it was a successful day.

Then the following Saturday I went to Monadnock speedway to help out another friend in the sportsmen mods. We ended up making a lot of adjustments to the car. The car got better through the day we just did not have enough time, to get the good finish. I learned a lot about how each adjustment affects the car though which will help me with my car!

Finally this Saturday I will be back in action with the Pro 4 modified! After 2 months off we return to Waterford Speedbowl for the make up of the last race that was rained out! I hope to find my self on the podium for the first time this season in this car!
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