ORILLIA, ON – After struggling through a 2017 Sunset Speedway Super Stock season that was largely forgettable, veteran Robbie Sikes is refocused, rejuvenated and working with some much-renewed confidence as he readies his family-run team for another fulltime Sunset Speedway campaign.
“We’re not entirely sure just how much better we are [than 2017], but we’re always in the shop working on our stuff to keep improving,” says Sikes of his team’s mindset ahead of April 28th’s season opener. “We don’t stay complacent with our program. We’re always working and researching to make our stuff better.”
“This [Super Stock] division evolves so quickly that you have to keep growing with it,” continues the second-generation racer. “Otherwise – you’ll get left behind.”
For Sikes, the change in mindset is credited largely to an impressive showing during Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic in October 2017.
“We had no confidence left in ourselves at the end of last season,” admits ‘Ruthless’. “When we went to [Peterborough Speedway] we didn’t have any idea what to expect. We broke during Practice, And ended our season on a sour note. I believe in our stuff again and I’m excited to get back to work [on April 28th].”
Much of Sikes’ program has been overhauled throughout the off-season, with the ORILLIA, ON native adding some much-needed personnel to his team and rekindling his relationship with longtime Ltd. Late Model mainstay Allan Inglis.
“I don’t think there’s been a single weekend this Winter where we weren’t in the shop working on something,” says Sikes. “We’re looking to come back this season and turn heads right from opening night. I want to show everyone in this division that we’re back and ready to be at the top again.”
“Having the extra help at the shop and the track is going to make things a lot easier than they’ve been lately. I want to put some fun back into our program this year. There were a lot of nights in 2017 where this stuff felt like a job – and that’s the last thing that I ever wanted to happen.”
“We haven’t been this prepared in a long time,” adds Sikes. “We’ve made gains over the off-season and we just need all of that work behind the scenes to translate to some success on track.”