Jonathan Robin: May Blog
I finished off April’s blog on a positive note. Since then, I found out about every which way to lose a race. Let’s just say my round record speaks for itself. In the last few weeks I have pulled in the water box for 7 rounds and turned the win light on 2 times. Needless to say, the past couple of weeks have not gone to well for me.
I wish I could report on all my success as of late, but that is not the case at all. I took the rig to No Problem Raceway the last weekend in April for a little quarter mile action. There I found out that 20 mph head wind plays hell on dialing a car in. The wind had a mind of its own that weekend. One pass it blew and I was five slow and then when it didn’t I was real hot. First round I found myself flipping a coin in the staging lanes on which way to dial the car. I had to run a high ten second door car, so I was going to play the dialer… or at least attempt to. Let’s just say someone once told me that if I am ”Double O take Double O” then I will turn the win light on 99% of the time. Ha! I found out how to be in that 1% first round. I was one thou better on the tree than him, and took five thou at the stripe… and no win light for this guy! Yet again I made a trip to the buy back window. Second round I seemed to get a handle on the wind and the dial in, and I managed a win light. Third round I didn’t get the memo that the wind was not going to blow as I went down the track. I was .012 on the tree opponent was .028. I killed 13 mph and still managed to break out by .002. Like I said, I have found a lot of ways to lose races lately!
This is me trying to figure out how to turn the light on
In between racing weekends, my seven year old son had his first communion. I got to spend some much needed time with him. Racing is what takes up most of our free time, whether it be working on or racing the car or just day dreaming about that big check you are going to put on the wall. Of course we enjoy doing these things, but at the end of the day it’s all about our families. The crazy things kids come up with makes them all that more special. The night before his big day, he says “Dad, I am nervous about tomorrow.” I said, “Cole why are you nervous?” He then replied, “Dad I am nervous because I don’t know what the bread is going to taste like.” I said, “Son it tastes like cardboard.” To which he replied, “No way! You are messing with me!” Low and behold, the next day after it was all said and done… he came to me and said “You know what daddy, it did taste like cardboard.”
My little man on his big day
My next racing adventure was at Hub City for the 3rd KOC of the year. This race was a going to be a workout from the longer drive than usual to the two races in one day. This is where I planned to put it all together for some much needed round wins. Not! Where to start? Um let’s see… in the first round the first race turned it -.005 red. Second round was against one of the point’s leaders and a guy that seems to have my number as of late. I missed the tree a little, but not bad..drive it on down there only to see I can’t get there so I drop. Well the reason I couldn’t get there is because he was .001 Dead on 5 for a six thou package. Nope, couldn’t get inside that one! I went check out the buy back window at the Hub and yep… it’s the same as the rest! They take your money with a smile on their face. Well I stunk the joint up, but I found my true calling in racing. Crew chief is what I need to be doing instead of driving. My best friend’s dad that I told you about last article went on to win the race. Him winning makes me think that all this driving stuff is not working out for a brother. He told me after I lost to dial his thing in, and I did… and win light after win light he raised the big check at the end. Second race I managed to turn on a win light. It only took a .003 light and .004 stripe to do so as my opponent was .008 and broke out the same as me. In the second round I got packaged up again with an 8 thou package. Not a good day for me but a good day for Humpin & Dumpin Motorsports as we got one win and went a lot of rounds with the exception of me. It was really cool to get to see him win one, being that he has been so close the last few years.
Big Tony Giambrone getting the W at Hub City
Well that’s pretty much it for now. Nothing else to say about my on track experience but WOW! My next race is Memorial weekend at State Capitol Raceway for the CSS. The race is going to be a two day deal with points for both races. I really need to go some rounds that weekend being that I am only a few rounds out of first. My wife and I are expecting our first little girl in the middle of June. I will be taking some time off in June to spend with my girls so next month won’t be so much fun for a read but just bare with me. Just want to say thanks for your time you took to read this debacle.
I would also like to thank the people that make my racing operation: Mom and Dad, AAA PESCO INC., Huntsville Engines, APD, K&N, J&J Performance, Nitro Plate, TIBR.com, and CP’s Cool Flash Pics. Last but not least I would like to thank my beautiful wife, Brandi, for putting up with me and understanding the time restraints that this sport puts on us. Baby I know you are about to pop but hang in there, before you know it she will be in a jr dragster.