Brandon Robinson very likely put in the ride of the double opening rounds at the Daytona Short Track on March 13-14, but you can't blame him or his comeback ride for possibly being overshadowed by the wins taken by Briar Bauman in round 1 or Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. in round 2.
Robinson's 3rd-place finish was textbook riding in hanging with the leaders and doing what was necessary to keep Bauman and 2nd-place finisher Sammy Halbert within sight, as well as keeping the rest of the field well behind him.
But it was his performance in round 2 that ultimately could prove who ends up where in the overall point standings at the end of the season.
After coming into contact with Jake Constantine in the opening laps of the 25-lap National main, the Oxford, Pa. resident took a nasty fall that very well could have ended his evening. But after a red flag restart, coupled with a penalty/fourth row start, the field was off again, as was BRob44, but from a much further distance back then what he or anyone else could even have imagined when the evening's events began.
Slicing through traffic and passing riders one-by-one, Robinson put on a virtual clinic in how to regain valuable points and how even passing is possible on a slick, grooved limestone/sea shell-laden packed surface. By the end of the race, the former '08 Basic Expert Twins Champion had worked his way back into 5th-place, and had salvaged what could possibly been a bombshell of a day's efforts.
When the dust had settled on the two days of great racing, Robinson was left in tie for 3rd-place in the championship with night two winner Coolbeth, both just 12 points back from early-season leader Halbert and three points in arrears from evening two's 2nd-place man, Jake Johnson. Not too bad of a result after taking what could have been a nasty face plant, done for the evening crash, and turning it into what I consider the ride of the two rounds of racing to salvage a great result, and what what looked like a 'Wide World of Sports' thrill of victory moment!
In the shot above, Robinson works on set-up during the opening round of practice on the #44 TJ Burnett Farms/USC/Hart Racing-sponsored Kawasaki KX450F at the Peoria TT during round 7 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship on August 11.
A big congrats to all for some great racing over the course of the two evening's of racing on the Daytona International Speedway short track, but a huge tip of the helmet and 'hoorah!' to BRob44 for putting on one helluva ride for the fans in turning it all around and showing he hasn't missed a step since the end of the 2013 season and is ready to battle at the front again with the best of the best in The Rolling Thunder Show and in the best racing series on two wheels in the world!
You can check out Brandon's race report from the Daytona Short Track I&II below to see what he had to say about the season-opening rounds, and knowing him, it's probably doesn't sound as exciting as what I have put it, because that's just the kind of guy he is, but believe me, his version should sound JUST as exciting as mine!
Press release courtesy of Brandon Robinson & the USC/James Hart Racing Kawasaki AMA Pro Flat Track team
Brandon Robinson Starts off 2014 Strong in Daytona Beach
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