Robinson continues success at Speedway

The driver led the entire 40-lap race


Dixieland Speedway


By Jami Frankenberry

Saturday, August 19, 2017

MORGANS CORNER — Brent Robinson has kept a hectic schedule this summer, welcoming a baby daughter recently while continuing his busy dirt-track racing schedule.

But no matter how frenzied his schedule gets, he always looks – and drives – cool and collected at Dixieland Speedway.

Robinson, a day after racing at Georgetown Speedway in Delaware, led all 40 laps to win the Budweiser All-Stars race Friday night at Dixieland. Robinson, a Smithfield, Va., resident, collected his fourth victory in about a half-dozen starts at Dixieland this season.

Even Robinson’s competitors knew it was going to be a challenge wrestle the checkered flag away from Robinson, who earned $1,500 for the win.

“I knew when I came in and saw he was here, I said, uh-oh,” said Kerry King, a Delmar, Del., driver who finished second. Elizabeth City’s Larry Jackson finished third.

Robinson was sixth at Georgetown on Thursday, but clearly had the fastest car at Dixieland Friday.

Robinson weaved his way through six cautions, including several that took out some of the division’s top drivers. Eleven cars started the race, but only six were left by lap 30, and top contenders John Staton and points leader Billy Hubbard failed to finish.

Robinson had no such trouble. He chose to start on the outside pole after spinning the night’s fastest lap of 17.22 seconds in qualifying. Robinson bolted ahead at the green flag and was never seriously challenged.

“She was on a rail tonight,” Robinson said. “That’s how you want every race to go, but it doesn’t always go like that.”

Hubbard has dominated the All-Stars division this season with five wins and four second-place finishes. But he went to the pits after experiencing car trouble and bringing out the final caution on lap 22. Hubbard, though, held a 40-point lead atop the standings before Friday and barring catastrophe will claim the title next week as Dixieland holds its season finale.

Some other drivers also edged closer to a points championship Friday night.

Elizabeth City’s Mark Gonzales won his seventh race of the season after surviving a caution-filled Rapid Ron’s Sportsman 20-lapper. Gonzales extended his points lead and likely clinched the title after avoiding the race’s eight yellow flags.

One of the cautions flew after race leader Joe Weiss lost control on a restart and hit the wall in turn one. Weiss was uninjured, while Gonzales cruised to the win after that.

“That’s unbelievable – seven wins in a season,” said Gonzales, who led the division by 68 points over Weiss before Friday. Troy Brickhouse was second, followed by Lee Waddell.

Virginia Beach’s Ben Thomas led all 20 laps for his second victory in the Little Caesar’s Super Streets division. Thomas steered around four cautions to extend his points lead – 20 points heading into Friday. Thomas held off Kevin Bray, while Allen Shifflett finished third.

In the R&D Excavating Super Fours. Kyle Barnes of Windsor, N.C., led all 15 laps to pick up his first victory of the season. Ricky Waters – the points leader by 12 before Friday – finished second followed by Jamie Siddens.

In the Biggs GMC Stock Fours, points leader Dustin Cisco of Suffolk, Va., drove to his seventh win in a 15-lapper. Cisco started Friday with a slim four-point lead atop the standings followed by Jason McCauley, while Bill Eaker was only eight points behind Cisco in third place.

McCauley finished second and A.J. Smith was third.