Logan Roberson returns to Virginia Motor Speedway this weekend prepared to defend his crown in the FASTRAK World Championship. With an increased purse and a record $50,000 going to the winner, don’t think for a second his team is resting on the laurels of last year’s triumph.
“Right now, we are busy getting the stuff ready,” Roberson told Speed51. “I’ve got a couple of guys helping me, trying to get the cars ready at 100 percent, so it’s stressful.”
“Thugg Nasty” won last year’s FASTRAK World Championship, holding off Michael Brown for a $20,000 win. The Waynesboro, Virginia native is very familiar with Virginia Motor Speedway, which takes some of the pressure away entering this year’s $50,000-to-win World Championship, the richest race in Dirt Pro Late Model history.
“VMS is like home,” Roberson stated. “We race there a good bit. There’s no pressure because the people who race there weekly are tough anyways. You really can’t go that fast around that place. We’re all on the same motor.”
However, a twist for this year’s World Championship will be the lack of time trials in the race format. A pill draw will determine line-ups for two rounds of heat races on Friday night, with a passing points system in place to determine which 16 drivers will lock into Saturday’s A-Main and which will have to race their way prior to the main event on Sunday.
Roberson expects the heat races will be action-packed and generate some physical racing, with competitors hungry for a good starting spot in Saturday’s feature.
“It’s definitely going to be tough,” he said. “Elbows are going to be thrown. Everybody’s going to be getting after it. That sets your starting lineup, and you don’t want to be starting 30th for the feature.”
What would winning $50,000 mean? For Pro Late Model drivers such as Roberson, it is a life-altering amount of money.
“Me and my dad have talked about it,” Roberson said. “We’d probably take the next step in racing if we won it. Just take that money and try to make a career in racing like I’ve always wanted. That’s my end goal, and I’m slowly creeping towards that.
“It would up my program more, give me more funding. Just little aspects of it, it would help us out tremendously because we’re a low-budget team. It may not look like it on the outside, but we hustle to get everything we get. I have some great sponsors that help me, and that’s what makes it easier during the week.”
Roberson knows there will be plenty of competition awaiting him this weekend in Jamaica, Virginia, standing between him and a repeat of last year’s title. However, he goes to the track every weekend with just one goal in mind, and that will be no different this time.
“I try to go everywhere to win. If I don’t win, I’m hurt. That’s what we go for.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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