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Low Fuel Hinders Ryan Robinson During Late Restart at Adobe Cup

PETERSEN MEDIA: Spending much of Saturday night’s feature battling for Adobe Cup supremacy, a caution plague race got the best of Ryan Robinson as he ran out of fuel on the race’s final restart and faded back to a ninth-place finish.

“I really want to thank Todd Weiher and his guys for giving me really fast race car all night long on Saturday,” Ryan Robinson said. “I have been fast in everything that I have driven at Petaluma Speedway this year, but for some reason we have had nothing but bad luck there. I did all I could to conserve fuel, but we got to that point in our tank where it started stumbling and we just faded back over those final two laps.”

Having a great night on the famed Petaluma Speedway ‘Gumbo’ surface, Robinson opened the night up by timing in second quickest in his qualifying group aboard the Mako Farms Inc./Roseville Precision Inc./LP Holdings backed No. 14w entry.

Lining up on the front row of his heat race, Robinson slipped back to a second-place finish as he chased after Andy Forsberg. With Forsberg picking up the win as the group’s fast qualifier, Robinson earned the Dash spot by being the fastest qualifier to transfer through the heat race.

Getting penalized on the opening start of the High Sierra Industries Dash, Robinson was moved back to the second row before finishing third and securing a second row starting position for the 35-lap Adobe Cup feature event.

Settling into third when the green flag was displayed to the field, Robinson closed in on Joel Myers Jr and Tim Kaeding as the leaders reached the back of the field on just the third lap.

In a torrid three-car battle for the race lead, Robinson powered into the lead on the seventh lap, but an accident would draw the red flag and negate his efforts.

Restarting in second, Robinson would continue to hound Myers Jr who would take off and get to a comfortable lead initially, but in traffic Robinson would reel him in and battle for the top spot as they navigated through slower traffic.

As fate would have it on this night, each time things heated up in traffic, caution flags would pause the action and put the leaders on a clear track.

Continuing to battle for the win, a lap 33 yellow would prove detrimental for Robinson. With his fuel load extremely low, it would cause his car to stumble as it was starved for fuel and led to him slipping back to ninth when the 35-lapper came to a close.

“When we started having all of those early yellows, I did everything possible to conserve fuel on my end,” Robinson said. “Unfortunately, it was just a really long race, and even though everyone was really low on fuel we just got to the point where our car struggled to pick up what was left in the thank and it led to us stumbling over the last few laps and slipping back.”

Weiher Racing would like to thank Mako Farms Inc., LP Holdings, Roseville Precision Inc., Escalon Body and Frame, Seth’s Racing Engines, Pettibone Builders, Sipes CC, The Holman Family, Square Tires, Papa Chuck, Dave Harvey Trucking, and Morrison Concrete for their continued support.

BY THE NUMBERS: Races-13, Wins-1, Top 5’s-1, Top 10’s-9

ON TAP: Ryan Robinson and Weiher Racing will be back in action Friday night at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA.

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