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Mondanock Speedway , July 21, 2012 Countdown to Canada

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on Tuesday, 31 July 2012
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After several weeks of with the Modified, July 21st crept up on me pretty quick. I was finally back behind the wheel of the #27 Pro 4 modified. We were heading up to Monadnock speedway, a track I struggle at. The biggest goal on the day was to get thru the night with a clean car, to be able to head to Canada, for the Border Wars series. The ride up started off bad. We had to patch a hole in a tire on the 32's trailer. Thankfully, we were able to catch it fast and head off to the track. Once I got to the track I was able to hand out hero cards to some fans that follow me. Unknowingly I put on my fire suit early which started a trend. It was cool to see all the drivers suited up an hour before heading out to practice! Practice did come quickly though. I struggled thru the first round. The car was extremely loose going into the corner. We later found out that the sway bar was bound up. The second practice was much better.

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On an off weekend - we go racing

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on Wednesday, 11 July 2012
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It’s amazing how another Saturday came upon me! This past Saturday we decided to take a week off from the big car and I made my return to a go kart. This week we would be attending practice day at Promfret Speedway with an animal powered kart and a flat head powered kart prepared by the Fresh family. Practice would run from 10 to 4. The big goal on the day was to not have anything break on us. To begin with, when we should we needed to change the body on the 32 kart before going out. That meant it was around 11 once me and Dan got in line to go out. I was in the flat head kart, which was number 64 and Dan was in number 32. Another neat part of the day was my sister Danielle, would also be driving for the first time in nearly 3 years! Once I hit the track I quickly started to feel out the kart, and find the line. Right as I was given the green flag to go, the kart all of a sudden died on me. It would have to be pushed off and worked on. It was later to be determined the carburetor's diaphragm was bad. Right as I jumped out of the 64 kart, Dan put me in his kart so I could get some laps. I had 3 green flag laps, and then the muffler fell off. It just seemed everything was breaking. Thanks to my Dad’s hard work, we were able to get the 64 kart back out quickly. This time, Danielle would be driving. This time the kart ran, and looked good. She did extremely awesome besides dragging the brakes a little, but for being her first time in a race car in 3 years it was awesome to see. I would once again run in to problems though. When I went out to run the 64 kart, it started to die in the corners once again! The kart had was running out of fuel in the corners. We all laughed, filled her up and sent me back in line. This time it was me and Dan on the track together. I got out there and followed Dan’s line. I got the 64 kart flying around the corners. Dan only got ahead of me by 1/2 track, not bad for a rookie (LOL). That was great saying the amount of engine I was down! The next run was me and Danielle. This time I drove the 32 and Danielle in the 64. Sadly the 64 broke again with the gear sprocket coming off after a couple of laps. I was able to run the 32 kart though, and got the car going! It was a little loose as rain was coming in. On the last lap of the run I found the grass on the outside of the backstretch. I slid off track but was able to stop before hitting the tires. The only damage to the kart was a banged up body. Now everyone started working on getting the body fixed and Danielle back on the track, but the rain came in a hurry and that would end our go kart adventure for the day. It was fun to race the kart again and also be on the track again.

On the ride home we stopped Little T Speedway, and I got to stay and help out for the weekend. As usual, right away I found people to help. I would help a Rookie class car loosen their car up. The pan hard bar was the trick! That would be most of my day till Sunday. Sunday I was quickly put to work! I would have to change an engine for the Ferreira's 160. The owner Joe, had to do things for the club so I was doing it alone. The change went pretty smooth till putting the chain on. I had some adjustments to make, like the throttle linkage smaller just to move the engine forward to tighten the chain. I did get it running, and it was ready to go. During the heat race the engine ran fast but the setup was way off. Now I had to throw the kitchen sink at it. It was much better in the feature but still needed to be loosened up more. At least I went in the right direction. I was also helping Richie Morrocco. His day went extremely great. He won both the 160 race and World formula race. I was later told I have to come to more races (seems they win when I am there). The last race I was at Richie also ohe won! There was one more person I helped, former crew chief of the Pro 4 Mod #16’s daughter. After the heat race Jason asked me about her racing line. I couldn't really explain it, so I took them both to the grandstands to watch some races. I showed her the line and it helped her. She was a little slow at the start, but once she got going she hit the line perfect. It was so cool to watch as she was able to make her first pass in a feature race!

Coming up I will again be racing my Sport truck next week at Seekonk speedway. Racing starts at 6pm.  Make sure to come by and catch some action!

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A fun night at Seekonk Speedway

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on Wednesday, 27 June 2012
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June 23rd came up fast! It was race day at Seekonk Speedway in the #64 Sport Truck! We arrived at the track a touch late after attending the beginning of a family function. To stay relaxed, we toke the first practice off to make sure we had our stuff together. Second practice came quickly. I got ready and waited in line. As I went to roll out on to the track, the truck died. I had to bring it back to the pits, and find out the problem. The fuel pump was not working. Once we got that fixed, we also had to change the battery. The crew finished up just enough time for the third practice. When we went to make sure the truck would fire, it didn't. We then started chasing all the electrics thru the truck. Right before we were about to call it quits, it was decided to check for spark one more time. The truck decided to fire right over. We all looked at each other, then laughed and put the truck back together. Now it was time to get ready to go out for the fourth practice. I was finally able to get out on the track. The truck lacked a little bit of handling and the driver was still adapting to the differences between the truck and the modified. The truck was a touch tight so, for the heat, we took a little out of the front of the truck.

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First weekend of June

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on Thursday, 07 June 2012
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The past weekend I was very excited about making my season debut in the modified, but due to Mother Nature’s desire to give us rain, the June 2nd race at Waterford Speedbowl was cancelled. We were on our way when the call came and had to turn around. But, what was great though I was still able to show off my car! On Sunday I was headed Hartford, CT at the UConn Football Stadium for the Autism Speaks Walk with Stan Mertz! The event started early Sunday morning, so we need to arrive before 8:30am even though the actual walk started at 10:30! Because I wanted to look awesome and cool,  I wore my fire suit the whole day and that made kids smile! I also had the kids sit in the car. It is always so cool to see kids faces when they see a race car then find out they can sit in it! I also gave away around 300 hero cards which is always such an awesome feeling!

As some may know I recently partnered with Stan Mertz to help raise money and awareness for Autism Speaks. Stan will be racing on June 30th in the Champions for Charity go kart race at Stafford Motor Speedway. So let’s help Stan reach his goal of $5,000. He is at just over 2,000. The more money Stan raises the better starting spot he will get in the race, and all the money goes to such a great cause that affects so many families around the world!

So help lets help out this great cause! I will be doing my part as I will be donating my winnings from the June 30th Race to Autism Speaks along giving away some of my racing souvenirs for everyone who donates through my website. Follow this link  Derek Robbie helps Autism Speaks. It is a direct link to my donation page. For everyone who donates you will receive a signed hero card! If you donate $10 I will send you an Autism Speaks Drink Coozy. For a $50 donation you will receive a Derek Robbie t-shirt and for a $100 donation you will receive a Derek Robbie sweat shirt.

I have already raise $250 to start and am looking to raise another $300 in 30 days. So please help out by donating or attending the race on June 30th at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Thanks,

Derek.

 
 
 

 

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A busy couple of weeks recently

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on Friday, 06 April 2012
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 My last two weeks have been very busy. It all started off on March 25th when I did my first public appearance of the year. The appearance was for Cub Scouts of the Tri River District at their annual pinewood derby race. This is my second year being involved with the event by bring my race car. This year’s event was held at the special Olympic Training Center in Marlborough. The car was unable to fit inside, so we had the car parked right out front of the beautiful building and greeted people as they came in. Due to rain on and off the whole day, we had the car covered part of the time and were unable to get some kids a chance to sit in the car. Even the weather outside was rough; it meant I was able to sit and talk to all the kids and hand out a bunch of hero cards.  During the event I raffled off a pine wood derby car that was decorated like my race car. It was so cool to see the interest in all the kids faces to have a car that looked like mine.


Along with that we had a special first time showing. My dad decided this would be a great time to show off my new promotion video. (Click here to see it) It was a hit to all the kids and parents that attended the event. I want to thank the Tri River district scouts for having me back for the second year in a year. It’s so much fun to be able to hang out with kids that love racing!


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