The Robbie Recap Edition 4: Green Flag! Clear skies guaranteed the start to Robbie Shuttleworth's debut on the ASCS Patriot Tour. After two events and a ton of laps, the "Rocket" has plenty of experience in his pocket. Shuttleworth...
The Robbie Recap Edition 4: Green Flag!
Clear skies guaranteed the start to Robbie Shuttleworth's debut on the ASCS Patriot Tour. After two events and a ton of laps, the "Rocket" has plenty of experience in his pocket.
Shuttleworth showed his mettle from the second he began his first heat race at Woodhull until the final laps of Sunday Night's event at Eriez. It was a big weekend for Shuttleworth, a productive one too.
"It's been an amazing experience," said the 15-year-old from Geneva, NY. "Two great tracks on the tour taught me about throttle control and how to get through the corner."
On Saturday, at the high-banked 1/3-mile Woodhull Raceway, Robbie started scratch in his heat due to his pure rookie status. By the second lap he was up from ninth to fifth and in position to make the feature. He would close the No. 11 within a car length of fourth place runner Mike Stelter on the final lap. Unfortunately though, Stelter spun coming back to the checkered flag and collected Robbie, sending them both to the B-Main.
The Shuttleworth crew, including Gary, Bill, Matt and Curt, thrashed over the front end to replace the broken parts, as well as slap a new right rear on the J&J Chassis. Robbie was ready to go for the B-main and jumped out into a transfer position.
With just three laps left in the consolation though, Shuttleworth felt a liquid tingling down his back; considering the team's recent struggles with their fuel lines, the youngster didn't take a serious risk and pulled to the pits. Upon further review, the fluid was actually from the hydraulic wing slider, but Robbie knew the car ran well at that was the key thing on night one.
After working on the car the next morning, the team traveled down the road to Eriez Speedway, where Robbie was assured of his first career A-Main start.
The team fought a push in hot laps and their heat, finishing in seventh. They went to work again and this time had a chance to experiment in the Four Laps of Fame Dash.
Things did not go according to plan though because when the No. 11 went into the first corner on the opening lap, the left front shock broke, sending Robbie to the pits. He would have to start 14th in the feature, making it an uphill battle on the night.
Robbie battled hard in the opening laps, eventually surrendering a lap to the leader just after the half way point. Immediately after going a lap down, the caution flew, giving him a chance to regroup.
On the restart, "The Rocket" ran top competitors Don Adamczyk and Bryan Howland hard but fairly for five laps, before giving them space to go after the lead. Robbie was told over the one-way radios to respect the leaders, something he did perfectly.
The end result was a 12th place showing, a solid finish to a new beginning.
"We had some bad luck but we got through it and ran solid in the A-main," said Robbie upon reflection. "I got a great team helping me out and I'm looking forward to trying out one of the Canadian tracks (Merrittville) for the first time next week."
Robbie finds himself engaged in a fierce point race for Insinger Race Fuels Rookie of the Year. Five other competitors are going for that honor so each race will be meaningful as the season progresses along.