WATCH LIVE: Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk
Cam McDermott drew the pole position for the 100-lap race prior to the postponement, he along with heat race winners Ron Silk, Justin Bonsignore, Matt Hirschman, Doug Coby, and Brian Robie had high expectations before the plug had been pulled.
Two months later, New Hampshire champion driver Brian Robie is more than ready to resume the quest for $10,000.
“It’s been an interesting scenario, hoped to have gotten it in sooner, but just glad we’re going to get the chance.”
Since June 30, things have shined brightly for Robie, who recorded his first career Tour-type Modified feature victory at Maine’s Wiscasset Speedway in Modified Racing Series competition. He followed that up with a Top 5 in the latest Tri-Track round at Monadnock Speedway.
Out of the shadow of the 2020 COVID-19 Lockdown, Robie had an amazing summer and fall, sweeping the NHSTRA track titles at Claremont Motorsports Park, Monadnock Speedway, and Hudson Speedway; winning the New Hampshire State Title for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, and coming fifth in the NASCAR Division 1 National Championship.
After such success, Robie’s main focus has been to become a threat to win in Tour-type Modified competition.
That was the goal from the start of the year was to get the longer tour races down and get the adjustments right. We started off strong at the beginning of the year and have been able to stay with it and stay consistent throughout the year. Its good to have a nice competitive car at the end of these long races. – Brian Robie
Robie’s heat race win at Seekonk in June is one that he also holds in high regard, going toe-to-toe with Ryan Preece, who unfortunately is unable to make it back for the Wednesday make-up.
“It was great to win that being surrounded by good people there. Preece got by me, Cam (McDermott) was following through, and Preece got a little sideways and I was able to get back to the lead and hold on the rest of the way. Those races with all those drivers, you know you got to get in the show. But, to be able to stay at the front of one is great. I’ve won a few of those now and it’s a nice confidence booster going into the long race.”
As for getting the car back to the form it was in two months prior, Robie anticipates have no issues.
“We’ll be fine there, normally you’re setting the car up for anticipated tire sizes, now we get to set it up for the exact tire size. That helps a little bit. Plus, there’s are normal adjustments and having a little more time to think about it. If anything, I think we might be better off with the extra time to prepare.”
Now all that’s left to do for the No. 25NH camp is to put all the pieces together and show the Modified community that they can mix it up for wins no matter who is in the field.
“The past few years we got the weekly short track stuff down pretty well, where we are very competitive wherever we go. Now, the next step is to see what we can do with these tour guys. If we can pull a win off in Tri-Track, that would be a huge accomplishment for us. The big check would definitely help too.”
Speed51.TV Modified Madness for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, joins the 350 Supermodifieds of SMAC, and NEMA Lites to complete the Open Wheel Wednesday feature lineup at Seekonk Speedway. The action gets underway at 7pm ET, with all tickets from June 30 being honored. You can also watch with your Speed51 yearly or monthly subscription.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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