Robin Ailes of Stockton California gives us her thoughts
in her very own racing diaries:
I returned to the driver seat last
night (Saturday May 12, 2001) to learn more
about what to do and not to do on the track.
It was a very emotional night for me
but in the end I had gained valuable
information to add to my near empty war chest
of driving knowledge. I learned three valuable skills that should help me further
my driving abilities: 1) trucks build
momentum, 2) I must be more aware of whom
I'm racing against, and 3) don't race
a conversation about qualifying, Ryan
Phillpott stated ".trucks build
momentum." which is a no brainier, but
something I had never really thought about
a result, I posted my best time yet in
I immediately went onto the track
trying to build up my speed before starting my
first qualifying lap, whereas in the past I
didn't really start going until the clock
started timing me.
I guess this is a bit embarrassing to
admit but it happened.
I got into a tiny scuffle with lapped traffic
in the B Main that could have been avoided
I came up on the lapped truck wanting
to pass on the inside but I couldn't find
the room, so when I finally decided to go
around on the outside the trucks behind me
were trying to pass the lapped truck,
resulting in some bumping.
I went from third to fifth.
I won't hesitate to pass another
truck on the outside again.
I guess to I was afraid at some point
the truck would realize he's getting lapped
and would go high not seeing me trying to pass
on the outside.
Another lesson learned the hard way.
next time, Ciao.
Hello all! Well (long sigh), I didn't make it to the main event. I took fourth in my heat and around seventh in the B main. But needless to say it was a very big night.
First off I had a blast, didn't crash, and learned a little more on how to drive. I was without my brother, so I was a little nervous on something breaking since he is the mechanic and I'm only the driver. That may have played some physiological gibberish on my head in regards to not doing well. Not to say it was my
brother's fault, I just think it did impede upon my performance as a racecar driver
(he he, just kidding Dug).
Both the heat and B main were uneventful as far as wrecks go, but the B was very competitive I thought. Some of the top drivers didn't qualify very well and ending up in the B, making it that much more difficult for the less experienced drivers to move on to the A main. Something I didn't mention is that there were 31 trucks racing that night, with only 20 going to the main. Only the top 4 finishers of the B main transferred to the A main
For those of you who haven't seen 20 Mini Super Trucks
duking it out on a 14 mile, you're missing out. It's very competitive and nail biting. This night was no exception. I lost count on how many crashes there were and that's unfortunate. Not all the trucks will be returning this next week, and some drivers may even have to show up with a different truck if they want to race. This night is commonly referred to as
"Total Carnage". At the end of the main event I was relieved that I didn't drive in it. I would have definitely been
involved in a wreck, and I'm just not ready to put my truck on the trailer via a wrecker.
I wish everyone good luck this next Saturday night,
. I'm taking the weekend off to play in Vegas. I'll be thinking of you all.
Be safe, Robin.