Patrick testing for this weekend's hometown challenge at Virginia Motorsports Park PETERSBURG, Va. - When racing in front of one's hometown crowd, it's always best to put your first best foot forward. That's exactly what Fredericksburg, Va-based...
Patrick testing for this weekend's hometown challenge at Virginia Motorsports Park
PETERSBURG, Va. - When racing in front of one's hometown crowd, it's always best to put your first best foot forward. That's exactly what Fredericksburg, Va-based driver Robert Patrick has been preparing for as time comes to make the 90-mile trek south to what he considers to be his hometown track at Virginia Motorsports Park, located just outside of Petersburg. Patrick has been burning the midnight oil in testing and preparation for this weekend's this weekend's 4th annual ACDelco Nationals presented by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Burning the midnight oil isn't the only thing he's burning, either. Patrick admittedly that he even seriously wounded one of his good Jon Kaase powerplants in the quest to regain the front-runner status he once enjoyed before heading over to race 500-inch Pro Stock.
"We're bringing a new Mustang with us this weekend," Patrick said. "We have had our Escort and it seemed to run well on the good tracks, but didn't fare as well when the racing conditions got marginal. We're having an open audition for the two cars and the one that fares the best in all conditions is the one we are going to keep."
Patrick never expected the ramp up to speed in returning to IHRA Sunoco Pro Stock competition to be a simple proposition. In fact, he was fully aware that the class had become quite competitive in nearly the decade he'd been away.
As for the home track advantage, the Purvis Ford/Ford Easy Care-sponsored Patrick knows that is non-existent for now. In five national events, Patrick has only one qualifying effort and no round wins. He's hoping that unenviable statistic will change this weekend.
"This is a whole new era and we're going to give it our best and let the chips fall where they may," added Patrick. "You can rest assured, we'll be there ready to race and well-tested."