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by Derek Robbie
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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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A visit to PRI

by Derek Robbie
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on Monday, 23 December 2013
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Good morning PRI! The morning breakfast, and talk show put on by Dave Despain was awesome this year. Since Wind Tunnel on the Speed Channel was cancelled they made a new show, called Good morning PRI for Dave Despain and his special guests. The first guest, no one knew would be there, but it turned out to be the one and only Kenny Schrader! He followed by a huge name though. He was followed by the King himself Richard Petty!

They talked a lot about how it was coming up through the ranks of racing, and Richard talked about how he was always up to trying new things, if it may make him faster. There was one line that will stick with me for a while though is how he said “The fans are his sponsors.” This means, the more fans you have, they will go out and buy the products that sponsor your car. This helps keep the sponsor happy, and your race team funded!
The breakfast and show couldn’t last forever though, because it was time for the show, and my time to talk to the different company’s in the industry! Since we were flying home early Saturday morning, it meant we only had 2 days at the show! We quickly went around and started to learn about different products in the industry.

One company that really got my mind going was Design 500 who design and make custom fire suits. They spent more than 40 minutes with me, teaching me about different things to look for when look at different fire suits! Basically making sure I know I will get a good fire suit! From there they measured me for a fire suit, just in case I decided to purchase from them! No one else really educated me like Design 500!

Once 5pm came, I was off to the Lucas Oil stadium for a quick bite at the PRI after party! Free hors d'oeuvre and beverages, a live band playing and plenty of good times. With this quick snack, it was off to the famed Saint Elmo’s Steakhouse, and I found out why it was famed! The food was delicious! Dad and I had dinner with the Dan Sr. and Dan Jr. Meservey! It was awesome to catch up with them and talk about next year’s racing season. We didn’t stay out too late because I to get rest for my final day at PRI.

The show open at 9am and it was off we went. I had to get through companies quickly because at 11am I was off to the RAD booth! In the 2 hours before heading to the RAD booth, I saw one real neat thing! I saw a new quarter midget that was designed to keep the driver in the car and sitting up right! I have seen too many drivers hanging out of the left side of the quarter midget! This car still gives the left side percentage the old quarters midgets did with the drivers hanging out the lift side! I thought it was awesome, and a good innovation for the sport.

Now it was time to go to the RAD booth! My job was to promote the program and sell raffle tickets for their raffle of a Bell Helmet, and a Butler Built seat. I think I sold over 60 tickets and they had around a 1200 tickets sold over the past year! It was a fun time, and I got to talk to the president of NCPS Scott Steger ! He is a great guy and I commend what he does in motorsports! My end to working the booth came to an end fast and I was back to the show.

During the show, one visit I had to make was to my mentor, Anna Marie Strawhand. Here marketing idea are always top notch. She gave me a great idea, to further my interaction with my fans! Starting after the first of the year, for the next 10 weeks I will give you a 5 minute video every Saturday to talk about how my off season is going! Its is another tool to have for my marketing! The last thing I did at PRI was attending the Mike Loescher’s seminar about his True track laser system! It is so cool, and sometime in the future I hope to add it to my toolbox of setup tools.

As the show ended it was off to dinner! Dad and I had dinner at Buffalo Wild wings, before heading back to the hotel to relax, and pack since we had to leave for the airport at 5am! Morning came early and the journey home was nice and easy minus one event! While driving to the airport dad, left his phone in the taxi and we didn’t notice till we were through Security. Luckily the taxi driver found it and we were able to meet up with him and get his phone back! After that event, the ride home was quiet, and we were able to get home before the snow storm!

Overall our trip was another successful event! I have to thank everyone for following my racing journey this year! I look forward to an even more exciting 2014 and hope to have all you guys back to follow my journey!

Derek
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A great run at Stafford Speedway

by Derek Robbie
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on Monday, 08 July 2013
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After 2 weeks of scrambling to get the engine fixed, it was finally race day at Stafford Motor Speedway! I was ready to prove that the time spent in the garage fixing everything and making it perfect does pay off. The pits opened at 1:30 so we rolled out of our house at 12. When we got to the track we got right in and started to unpack. Since we had 2 hours till practice we unloaded and made sure everything was prepared. When Mark Giordiano showed up, I walked up to the track and he helped by walking me through the line. {Cont.}

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