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Having a long time between each race is always tough. My last race was June 20th which ended as a rain delay just after 1 practice at Waterford Speedbowl. While my next race will be August 8th at Waterford Speedbowl. The August race was previously scheduled for Monadnock Speedway but has been moved to the Waterford Speedbowl.

I have been doing several different things during my off time. July 2nd I went to Seekonk Speedway for open wheel Thursday. I helped out Dan Meservey Jr., and Karl Fredrickson of speedway illustrated. It was a lot of fun spotting for Karl, and playing tire guy/crew chief. I was able to see racing from the other side of the sport. The crew side rather than just the driver or fan side.

Then that Saturday and Sunday I went to New Hampshire Motor Speedway to help out as a pit road official for the Northeast Mini Stock Tour. Another different experience from the drivers side of racing.

Lastly during the off weeks I got some other racing in. This time just on foot. I raced a 5k for Ashford Awards in North Attleboro. I ran a 17:23 5k to come in 3rd place. My first podium of the year! Hopefully this top 3 helps change my luck around inside the race car!

Make sure to stay tuned to my website and blog for updates on upcoming races!

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Waterford Speedbowl and Rain

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on Thursday, 25 June 2015
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Waterford Speedbowl has always been one of my favorite tracks to go to. Ever since my first race there I fell in love with the track. Our luck there does not seem to be great, but I still love the place. Waterford has been the scene for a lot of my firsts for the pro 4's and none of them have been good. Waterford was the scene of my first accident, blown engine, and broken clutch, but heading in to last weekend I was ready to change that luck and capture my first top 3 of the season.

Early in the week, watching the weather radar, it seemed that the rain was going to come later in the night, and we would get in the show. As we were driving to the track that was not the case. All of us had our phones out hoping to move the storm away from the track as it neared. We saw it coming but we were still hoping for the best. We got to the track, and got ready for practice.

We were able to get the first round of practice in. Sadly for me, I only got 1 hard lap in. The spark plug wire came off, and I pulled it in. The felt really good though. The car was loose, but that was from the large stagger we had. Dad decided to swap the right side tires for second practice. Unfortunately Mother Nature said we are done for the day. The rain came and cancelled the event.

The club is currently looking at a rain date, but till then I am preparing the car for Claremont Speedway on July 10th. Also with the car in good shape, I have been able to prepare the yard for my sister’s graduation party this weekend. It is a little different actually being able to do yard work than working on the race car.

To close my blog as always I just want to thank all the fans for following me in my journeys of racing, and my sponsors for their support. I cannot thank 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. For example just paying for a pit pass for your favorite local driver is huge. This is only $35 but that $35 can go a long way.

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Weekly thoughts

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on Tuesday, 16 June 2015
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Over the past year I have been paying attention to different tracks, and drivers on how they do there media, and fan interaction. I have seen some good ones, and then some not so good social media sites on behalf of fans. With that statement said, I always strive to be the better half of races with knowning how to handle all my social media. I love to use it to show fans what goes on not just at the track, but off the track. I want to take that interaction on my side to a higher level than it is at. I want to start to get in the habit of posting a blog weekly through out the year. Despite if I race weekly or not. On the off weeks I want to let the fans know what is going on, my thoughts on different things, and the maintence we have to do on the car between races. Lets jump right into this blog.

Even though the finish at monadnock did not show it, we had an overall easy day at the track. When you have a good day at the track maintenance usually is easy for the next race. We had first nut and bolt the car (make sure every bolt on the car is tight. The vibration on these cars are crazy). We also needed to change rear end gears. Monadnock has shorter straight away than Waterford. Waterford uses a 6.03 rear end gear ratio while Monadnock uses 6.44 rear end ratio. The third and big thing we had to do was pull the transmission. We sow a small leak coming from that area and wanted to check that out. We ended up finding a cut in one of the seals in the front cone of the transmission once we pulled it out. We replaced that and put the car back together. We also added a vent to the top of the transmission to help built up pressure leave the transmission. The rest of the things that needed to be done were replacing spark plugs, greasing the front ball joints, and cleaning the car. It may seem like a lot of work, but this is a two to three night list. We always pray for an easy race day because it makes the maintenance in the garage real easy.

To close my blog I just want to thank all the fans for following me in my journeys of racing, and my sponsors for there support. I can not thank 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 there 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. For example just paying for a pit pass for your favorite local driver is huge. This is only $35 but that $35 can go a long way.
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Taking Pictures and Racing at Monadnock

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on Friday, 12 June 2015
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Hello Race Fans,

I want to send my apologizes for the lack of updating on my end. Dad and I strive to be the best in New England and when it comes to marketing we have been slacking very bad. Now that I am back from school for the summer I am getting back into the routine of writing my blogs and staying up on my social media.

Now lets get into this past weekend. This off season, I was able to sign a partnership with my university, Franklin Pierce University. Bringing on the school, was huge. There are so many opportunities that can come with having a  school on board of a race car. (Make sure to stay tuned to my racing program to see some of them come about this fall.) With having Franklin Pierce on board, Dad and I want to make sure they see value in marketing with a race  program. We decided since the university is so close to the race track we would head up to campus to take pictures before the race.

When we rolled onto campus I noticed more cars then normal, in comparison when school is not in attendance. To find out it was alumni weekend. As we were unloading the car, I notice one very important gentleman is walking across campus. I noticed President Card walking across campus from a meeting. I walked his way to bring it to his attention that I had the car on campus. I wanted to make sure he saw the logos on the car before heading over to the alumni lunch he had to attend. He was thrilled to see the car on campus and that we were here on campus. He proceeded to spent almost an hour with us taking pictures and learning more about racing. Also as the alumni walked on to campus he informed every one of them about the "Franklin Pierce Race Car Driver". Having him do this made me smile. He was truly seeing the uniqueness of using a race car as a promotional piece, and he was proud of my accomplishments as well. After taking pictures at a few places on campus he headed to the alumni lunch, but before leaving he invited us over for as long as we could. I was able to display he car on campus for nearly an hour and a half. I met with a few board of trustees and shared my plans with them about how I can use the race car to benefit the students. Everyone I talked to about thought this was such an unique opportunity. I can not wait for this partnership to develop even further.

Sadly we ran out of time and I had to cut meeting people short. What turned into a short stop to just taking pictures turned out to be a very special meet and greet with some great alumni. Now it was time to go racing. We made a few adjustments to the setup from the last time we were at Monadnock. We also added a little bit more gear then we usually had. We wanted the more gear. Well, in first practice the car was really loose. This was a good thing though. We made three adjustments to car in the garage, and they were intended to loosen the car up. It was now time to undue some of the adjustments to tighten the car up. After talking to dad, we would start with lowering the pan hard bar back up to where it was on both sides. Boy this helped a lot. The car had a lot more grip then in the first practice. I could get on the gas much harder then I could in first practice. The car was still a little loose but I think at this point I was battling a greasy track and old tires.

For the heat race we would throw new tires on the car and get our grip from there. We would leave the car the same besides that. The heat race I started 4th. The plan was to settle in and see how the car is. Right away I dropped in behind the 1m in fourth and I started to ride. I would follow the 1m past the 93. I settled right into 3rd and started to feel how the car was. The car was fast. I got to the 1m and 07 bumper a few times but never forced the issue. The 60 started to peak. I decided to give him the position. He has been the fastest car lately. I settled in and started to learn his line. I adjusted my line a little and stayed right with him. I had a fast car.

After the heat the car was a little loose middle off. I wanted to tighten the car up just a little for the feature. Dad decided to close up the sway bar a little, and close the stagger up because it opened up a little to much in the heat race. That happens though when we put newer tires on for the first time. In the feature we would start 3rd.

I got a good start right on the 93's bumper. The 1m stayed on the outside trying to clear the 93 for the lead. Coming out of turn 4 on the first lap he got a little loose and made contact with the 93. He went spinning to bring out the only caution. This would move me up to 2nd on the start. I was planning on to have the start the 1m had and battle on the outside. I got a good jump but when I went to shift, I missed the shift. The 07 pushed me down the straightaway, which helped me get going. I got it into 4th gear and settled right into 3rd. The 60 got by the 93 fast and I settled in behind the 93 in 3rd. After a few laps the 60, 93 and myself stayed even. After about 9 laps I started to set up my pass on the 93 to start going after the 60. As I pulled down to get under him coming out of turn 2 the car dropped in rpm. I thought I was losing the exhaust. I cleared the carb out to see if it was that. Nothing changed. I went down the back stretch, and looked at thee gauges. Everything looked fine, but I fell off the pace, and the car stayed at 7000 rpm. Going down the front stretch I decided to pull the car off. I told dad we are down the car is at 7000 rpm. He quickly said bring it to me, its the spark plug. He was actually spot on. He quickly fixed it and sent me back out. Sadly I went 4 laps down, but I came out right behind the leader. Once I got going I was half a straightaway from him. Dad said go see how long you can stay with him. After I got into a rhythm, I slowly reeled him. With 4 laps to go I was to his back bumper. I backed up a little and gave him space. I did not want to accidentally hit him and spin him. I was a few laps down and did not want to mess up the leader. I let him and go and tried to catch him again. The checker flag came out and the race was over. It was not the finish we wanted but a win in our book. We got the car really fast and with a good setup. I can't wait to come back to Monadnock in a few weeks to see if I can repeat the speed we had this time.

I have to say thank you to my Dad and Nick for there work on the car all day. Also thank you to all my sponsors who support me week in and week out. Thank you adidas Motorsports, Racing Against Drugs (RAD), BaddAss Incorporated, Marshall's Jewelers, Shibles Family Mattress, Bellingham Parts Plus, and RH2way Racing Communications. During the race season, which continues June 20, 2015 at New London-Waterford, fans can get LIVE updates on race days via Twitter@DerekRobbie and Facebook at www.facebook.com/DerekRobbieMotorsports, or check out http://www.derekrobbie.com for continuing news about the team. Franklin Pierce’s website, (www.FranklinPierce.edu), will also carry news and updates on Team Robbie and the Franklin Pierce Number 27 Pro 4 Modified.

 


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The long offseason

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Racers love and hate the off season. It is good to have a break from the long racing season, but a true racer wants to race year around and begins to get antsy at this point in the winter. The offseason is a great time to work on your car and make it better for the next season. 2015 is going to be a fun racing season. Dad and I have upgraded and changed a few parts and configurations on the race car. This will help bring us more adjustability and speed as the end result. Even with the amount of podium finishes we achieved last year, we were not fully happy with how the car handled and we wanted to fix that for this season. The plan is to continue in the full Pro 4 unlimited division and search for more wins.

For my off season, I have not only been working in the garage, but I also finished my first semester in college at Franklin Pierce University. I am learning a lot that should help my marketing program for racing. I am excited to see what I can do with this new knowledge.

While learning, I have already put some of my skills to work. I have some things in the works, still in the back ground about a new highly visible marketing partner. I hope to make official announcement soon. I am have joined forces with a newly formed charity that is being developed. You can’t believe how excited I am to be joined forces with this charity. It goes along very well with my passion in racing. Stay tuned for details about the charity and its purpose.

For 2015, my first race is planned for April 18th at the Monadnock Speedway’s season opener. We will get the rest of the schedule on the website as soon as I have all the details. In the mean time you can always keep up to date with me on twitter and Facebook. Follow me on twitter @DerekRobbie or search for Derek Robbie Motorsports on Facebook. You can also visit Derekrobbie.com or contact me at
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I am really looking forward to the 2015 season as we begin the first step in the next step in my racing career. Thank you again for riding along with me.

 

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