Hunter Robbins Claims Pro Cup South Rookie of the Year Title 16-Year-Old Racer Snags First Series Win and Rookie Honors Just Weeks Apart CONCORD, NC (August 21, 2008) -- Just over two weeks ago, Montgomery, Alabama, native Hunter Robbins ...
Hunter Robbins Claims Pro Cup South Rookie of the Year Title
16-Year-Old Racer Snags First Series Win and Rookie Honors Just Weeks Apart
CONCORD, NC (August 21, 2008) -- Just over two weeks ago, Montgomery, Alabama, native Hunter Robbins entered the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series record books by winning his first series race at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). The 16-year-old racer put his name amongst some of the best in short track history, including past Pro Cup winners like Brian Vickers, Scott Wimmer and Shane Huffman.
Now the young racer has added his name to a new list by being declared the 2008 Pro Cup Miller Lite Southern Division Rookie of the Year.
Entering Wednesday night's Pro Cup 150-lap event at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN), the last race in the 2008 southern schedule, Robbins had the points lead for the rookie standings and looked for back-to-back wins. Trouble during qualifying and the race ended his chances at two wins in a row.
"We had a good car in practice and then we had a tough time in qualifying," said Robbins. "At the end of the race we were just riding and I got a real bad chatter in the tires with about 70 to go. I was trying to make it the rest of the way. We were looking for a caution so we could come back in and change the tires, but we didn't know we were going to be the caution.
"The left-front went flat going down into three and when I got down in the corner, it really took off into the wall. When it hit the wall, it broke the rotors and messed it up pretty good.
"It was real fun to come hear and race Bristol, but it was not the way we wanted it to turn out."
Despite leaving Bristol with a damaged race car, Robbins was able to hold onto the points lead for the rookie title, as his closest competitor in the standings also had trouble on the track.
"We locked up the Rookie of the Year on the first lap when Drew (Herring) had his crash," explained Robbins. "That's not the way we wanted to win the award, but we are happy acquiring the Rookie of the Year honors. I have to thank all my guys who have worked hard on this car every week. I knew once we started shaking the bad luck we would be alright. Winning at Hickory has been the highlight of the season, but the Rookie Award means a lot too."
Robbins and his crew will not have long to celebrate the rookie honors, as the four-race Pro Cup Championship Series kicks off in just over a week at Mansfield Motorsports Park (OH). With a heavily damaged car following the Bristol race, long hours will be needed to get the car ready for the race.
"I hope we can get the car fixed and go to Mansfield," said Robbins. "We don't have a backup car."
The USAR Hooters Pro Cup Championship Series event at Mansfield Motorsports Park will take place Saturday, August 30th.