Northern California native Ryan Robinson ready for another busy season of racing from coast to coast
Foresthill, CA – January 30, 2018…Fresh off a strong outing at the Chili Bowl a few weeks back Foresthill, California’s Ryan Robinson now turns his attention towards an aggressive schedule of events in 2018, set to compete primarily once again with Keith Kunz Motorsports in the Midwest.
The 17-year-old was part of an impressive contingent of Californian’s that had success at the annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After finishing sixth on his preliminary night, Robinson backed that up by transferring out of a B-main and then drove from 19th to 11th in the 55-lap championship finale on Saturday.
“It was pretty special to have such a great run at the Chili Bowl this year,” Robinson commented. “When you have over 300 cars in the building and some of the best drivers on the planet competing, just making the main event is a feat, so to finish 11th after transferring out the semi was awesome. It was also pretty cool to be one of 11 drivers from California in the feature as well.”
With confidence under his belt Robinson is now eager to open the season in Florida with the POWRI National Midget League at Bubba Raceway Park on February 9 and 10. He will continue to compete out of the Keith Kunz Motorsports stable this season, running with both the USAC National Midget Series and POWRI. He also plans to run around 15 events in the family owned Winged 360 Sprint Car back home in California with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour, as well as weekly events at Silver Dollar Speedway and Placerville Speedway.
Robinson is coming off a season that saw him have a great run at the prestigious Pepsi Midget Nationals in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, where he finished second in the feature after starting from the fifth row. At one point he overtook veteran Zach Daum for the lead, only to have a late-race caution allow Daum the opportunity to get back around on a restart.
Shortly after that event however, Robinson then suffered a concussion and a detached retina during an accident at the Belleville Nationals while running fourth in the A-main, which left him on the sidelines for two months. He was able to come back though and finished the season with a strong run from 25th to eighth at the Turkey Night Grand Prix in Ventura.
“Last season I was knocking on the door constantly and came close, but couldn’t quite seal the deal,” he said. “Our performance at the Pepsi Nationals gave us lots of momentum and then I had the accident at Belleville that caused me to miss some time. This year we’re going to mainly run the midget once again thanks to the support of Abreu Vineyards. After everything that went on last year and the great run at Chili Bowl I’m really fired up for 2018. I definitely feel that I’m the most prepared and confident I’ve ever been going into a season.”
He further spoke about the support he receives from the Abreu family, “What David Abreu, the Abreu family and all the Abreu Vineyards employees have done for not only me, but also for the sport of racing within the last decade is incredible. They really have a huge passion for racing. They have also inspired me to become a better person and dig deep to accomplish life goals. I couldn’t be more grateful with the relationship I have with them.”
Ryan Robinson would like to thank Dave and Rico Abreu of Abreu Vineyards, Bullard Construction, M and L Plumbing, Papa Chuck, Steve and Sharon Katonis, Keith Kunz Motorsports, Joes Racing Products, Brown Eagle Racing, JB Enterprise, Rodney Tiner Racing, Kaeding Performance, Morrison Concrete, Gary Morgan Graphics, Joe VonSchriltz and Walker Performance Filtration for their support in 2018.
Friday February 9: Bubba Raceway Park - POWRI National Midgets
Saturday February 10: Bubba Raceway Park - POWRI National Midgets
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