Photo- Steve Elliott
PETERSEN MEDIA: Last October Ryan Robinson welcomed his first child. Making the decision over the offseason to focus on being around for his daughters first year, Robinson stepped away from racing with the intention of coming back in 2024. Saturday night, Robinson returned to the seat of the Weiher Racing entry for the first time since November of ’22, and showed a tremendous amount of speed as he flirted with the Adobe Cup win at Petaluma Speedway until a flat left rear tire forced to him to relinquish the lead.
“It was great to hop back in the seat and get back to racing for the first time with my daughter in the pit area,” Ryan Robinson said. “The car felt awesome all night long, and we were very fast each time we hit the track.”
With 24 cars on hand for the Adobe Cup that was ran with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour, Robinson showed no signs of rust as he was the fastest in his hot lap group, and then went on to time the Mako Farms Inc./LP Holdings/RPI backed No. 14W in second fastest in his qualifying group.
Lining up on the pole of his heat race, the Placerville, CA resident was hard on the fun button as he jumped out to the early lead on a very hooked up and fast Petaluma Speedway.
Picking up the win, Robinson locked himself into the High Sierra Industries Dash where his third place finish put him in the second row of the 35-lap, $5000-to-win feature event.
Following a red on the race’s opening lap, Robinson settled into third as he chased after the lead duo of Justyn Cox and Colby Copeland. An extended green flag run saw the leaders hit traffic in just six laps, and they were all three soon bumper to bumper.
Moving into second with a swift move off turn two on lap eight, Robinson then set his sole focus on Cox who was able to break away in clean air.
Catching back up to the leader as they were back in thick traffic, a caution flew on the 16th lap and put Robinson on the front row next to Cox on the ensuring restart.
Jumping into the lead as the field raced through turns one and two, Robinson began to set a strong pace until the caution was needed on the 21st lap. Under caution, Robinson’s left rear started to lose air, however he opted to remain in the lead and restart.
The soft left rear saw him wheelie up as the green flag was displayed and he fell back to third, only to see the red lights flash on and give him the lead back. However, at this time, Robinson made the decision to go to the work area for fresh rubber.
Though he gave up the top spot, it wasn’t all bad for Robinson as he restarted in 11th as he was rewarded so to speak for the job he did in traffic until that point.
Quick working his way into seventh, Robinson continued to fight on the fast surface. On the race’s final lap, Robinson was able to make a big move that saw him power his way to a fourth-place finish.
“To be in the hunt after being out of the car so long is a testament to Todd Weiher and his equipment,” Robinson added. “We led some laps, but a late flat forced us into the work area, but we still managed to fight back to fourth.”
Weiher Racing would like to thank Mako Farms Inc., LP Holdings, Roseville Precision Inc., Escalon Body and Frame, Seth’s Racing Engines, Grossie Electric Inc., 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-2, Wins-1, Top 5’s-2, Top 10’s-2
ON TAP: Weiher Racing will return to action October 28th with Landon Brooks behind the wheel at Marysville Raceway.
STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with Ryan Robinson by following him on Twitter @RyanRobinsonRcn
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