Hunter Robbins Adds His Name to Pro Cup History Books 16-Year-Old Takes USAR Hooters Pro Cup Victory at Hickory Motor Speedway CONCORD, NC (August 4, 2008) -- Being a rookie in an ultra-competitive racing series such as the USAR Hooters Pro...
Hunter Robbins Adds His Name to Pro Cup History Books
16-Year-Old Takes USAR Hooters Pro Cup Victory at Hickory Motor Speedway
CONCORD, NC (August 4, 2008) -- Being a rookie in an ultra-competitive racing series such as the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, is hard enough. Typically drivers try to find ways to make things easier, but then again sometimes the best way to learn is to do things the hard way.
It may have been a hard way to get to victory lane, but that is just what Hunter Robbins and his Goodson Racing team did Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). And when the team won the event, it was without a doubt, most definitely a team effort.
"This crew worked so hard this weekend," said Robbins. "We broke a motor on Thursday. We tore the motor apart and they worked all night and all day and got that motor put back together and made it to this race, it was unbelievable. We drove three hours away from here to Charlie Long's and rebuilt the thing. Drove back here and got back at 3am last night. My crew was running on like five hours of sleep the last couple of days. I couldn't have done it without them."
Rebuilding the motor wasn't the only thing that Robbins' team did in order to get their driver in position to win the race. After arriving back at the track, Robbins was able to qualify second for the event, and use that track position and pit strategy to get right where he needed to be to take the lead on lap 201.
"Our pit stops were great and our strategy worked in our favor. Right now, we don't have a crew chief and we are just doing it ourselves. Its tough being underfunded like we are, and not being a big money team but it's great to get this win under our belt.
"We have been running top-10 almost every race just not being able to finish where we need to. We have been right there all year and we finally got the car right and the finish to show it. This is just unbelievable. Maybe it will sink in when I start reading the articles and stuff. It's hard to believe the race is already over; our car was just so good. I didn't have to work too hard, the crew did their job and got me in the position that we needed to be. The car was just perfect."
As if bringing home his first win in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series isn't already impressive enough, he earned that win by racing head to head with some of the Pro Cup greats, topping off an already impressive race by beating some of his heroes.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet," added Robbins. "I remember when I was younger, watching Bobby Gill run around this place on TV in the Pro Cup series, and I said man I want to be there one day and I am finally here. It's just amazing.
"All I want to do is race them clean and earn their respect, and I think that I did a good job of earning that tonight."
Robbins and his team will be back in action when they head to the next USAR Hooters Pro Cup Southern Division event at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday August 20, 2008.