INNISFIL, Ontario — Making his debut behind the wheel of a Late Model on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway, Robbie Sikes put together a solid of top-10 finishes.
Sikes started off the night by posting a quick lap of 14.984 seconds in time trial to qualify 16th for the first 35-lap feature. He began to move forward from the drop of the green flag, running 12th with just seven laps on the board. Although he fell back a spot to 13th over the course of the run before the first caution at Lap 30, he avoided an incident ahead of him to gain with two laps to go to move up to 11th. He then got a good final restart, crossing the finish line in 10th.
Starting third for the second 35-lap feature, things did not start off smoothly with the hood flying off of the No. 34 Late Model on the start of the event. As a result of causing the debris caution, he would be sent to the tail of the field for the restart. He then avoided a three-car incident ahead of him on the second attempt to start the feature, allowing him to gain a couple spots.
Once the race got into a rhythm, he continued to move forward, moving up into 12th by Lap 6. He remained there, avoiding a spin ahead of him to move up into 11th at Lap 12. Restarting just outside of the top-10 with 23 laps to go, he avoided another spin ahead of him at the halfway mark to move up into seventh.
Restarting inside the top-10 with 17 laps to go, he fell back a couple spots on the restart, but continued to battle hard right to the checkered flag for a ninth-place finish.
Notably, the pair of top-10’s currently have Sikes leading the Rookie of The Year standings.
Sikes will be back at Sunset Speedway on Sunday, May 19 for the next NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I event, the Spring Velocity 75-lap feature.
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