After having success in the Super Stock division, Robbie Sikes will make the step up to the ever-competitive Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park Limited Late Model division at Sunset Speedway.
“This season is shaping up to be one of my best in a long time,” Sikes told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “It’s no secret the sport isn’t in the best state and opportunities like this are few and far between. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do with such an accomplished car and crew.”
The opportunity comes virtue of Spencer-Walt Motorsports, with Eldon Wallis and Rick Spencer-Walt putting Sikes behind the wheel of their No. 34 Late Model. It is the same car that Spencer-Walt piloted to multiple victories throughout 2018, including a pair of championships.
“To get an opportunity like this is just unreal,” Sikes commented. “I don’t think it has fully set in yet. There’s a lot of history between Rick and myself – a lot of fun had over the years. I’m excited to get back to that. I’ve also known Eldon a long time; he used to help Ed Byers who was a vital part of getting my racing career rolling. After the last two seasons I’ve had, for them to still believe in my ability as a race car driver, is a great feeling.”
Certainly this chance could easily bring pressure to perform for Sikes, but he says that’s part of the job.
“That’s kinda what we do this for is to challenge ourselves,” he said. “Getting into a proven car means it’s time to put up or shut up. I’m sure once I hit the track some of the pressure will be off. I’ll be taking full advantage of Rick’s advice.”
Going into his rookie campaign, Sikes says the ultimate goal is to keep the car in one piece while having fun along the way.
“That goal hasn’t worked out to well in the past couple seasons so we’re looking to win some races and lock down the rookie of the year title,” he said. “With the car and the people I’ll have to lean on for advice, I believe these goals are achievable. I want go home every week having more fans then I rolled into the speedway with.”
Getting back to running up front will certainly be a sight to see for fans as the past couple of seasons have not played out as Sikes have hoped, struggling with the Hillbilly Deluxe Racing’s No. 37 Super Stock.
“I mean we threw everything at the car but the kitchen sink,” he commented. “Over the past two years, I had many people who are successful in the sport work on the car and could never seem to get it right. I told everyone before Peterborough if I wasn’t successful there that’d be it for that car. Luckily for me, Eldon and Rick wanted to help me in 2019; Initially we were going to make a deal for a super stock, then they came up with the idea for me to drive the limited.
“So now we’ll put the past behind us and focus on winning some races in 2019!”