ORILLIA, ON – Super Stock veteran ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Sikes is prepared to make his first start of the 2018 season this weekend, as the upstart Great Lakes Concrete Super Stock Series invades Sunset Speedway’s Spring Velocity for its first ever event.
Sikes will roll into May 19th & 20th hoping for a much smoother campaign than what he experienced last season, after having grappled with his self-funded operation for much of the year whilst overcoming set-up woes and mechanical gremlins.
“I’ve never had anything handed to me my entire life – so the fact that I’ve had to work so hard on this program feels right to me,” say’s ‘Ruthless’. “Our team is committed to this car and this program, and we’re ready to keep working until it’s performing the way that we know it can. If you aren’t willing to grind and put in the time to make your stuff better, then you don’t really belong in this sport.”
The former Barrie Speedway feature winner will be one of many top-flight competitors hoping to utilize the Spring Velocity as a launching point to what he hopes will be a dominant 2018 season.
“We all believe that if we keep working hard then we’re going to get rewarded eventually,” says Sikes of his fiercely-devoted team. “A top-5 in a field like what we’re going to have on Sunday is as good as a win at a lot of other tracks in Ontario.”
“I know that we aren’t going up against a bunch of slouches, that’s for sure. A lot of the drivers that have committed to this series are straight up monsters – so we’ll make sure we have our best stuff when we unload this weekend.”
When asked if he has a particular strategy entering the 50-lap feature event on Sunday afternoon, Sikes notes that survival will be every bit as important as speed.
“Any time you have a bunch of fast cars in the same place at the same time – anything can happen,” explains the Orilla, ON product.
“Because of that, it’s just as important to be smart as it is to be fast. If we’re up front late in the race, there’s no doubt that anything can happen. I just have to keep my head up and make sure I’m looking past the hood pins.”