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atomic sep28Taking the lead on lap 18, Bobby held off (Devin) Moran late to collect his second consecutive FloRacing Night in America victory Wednesday night at Atomic (OH) Speedway. “I think I've only been here five or six times, so I don't have a good handle on the track,” Bobby said. “We'll take it. This car has been great. Really good to finish a race you know it just has some issues. It's just an awesome night all around. I'm ecstatic. It's a big race. These Flo races pay good money. There's a lot of people watching at their home so just a huge thank you to (FloRacing) and Atomic and all these fans for coming out and all the fans for watching. It was an awesome night.”

knoxville sep16What a difference a day makes. After missing the show on Thursday night, Bobby took the lead on the 15th lap Friday night and went on to capture the Lucas Knoxville Nationals prelim at Knoxville (IA) Raceway. "That caution came out and thought I had it under control, but the motor — the carburetor — kind of stumbled off of (turn) four and I thought something bad happened," Bobby said. "It luckily got going again. I was kind of mad after that, so I shot in there under Brandon (Overton) and just hoped for the best. It stuck and I passed him. Shoutout to my team for not giving up. We kept digging after our misfortune last night. Big thanks to my family, crew, sponsors, and all the fans."

fairbury sep13Bobby picked up his third big-money win this season at Fairbury (IL) Speedway as he scored the $22,022 FloRacing Night in America victory Tuesday night. Starting from the outside pole, he traded the lead back and forth with (Dennis) Erb for the first 12 laps of the 50-lap race as he ran his patented high line. On lap 13, he took the top spot for good and then uncharacteristically dived to the bottom of the 1/4 mile. “I knew that bottom had more traction in it tonight than it has had in the past few races so I knew it was gonna be good," Bobby said. "I had the perfect opportunity (to overtake Erb on lap 13) with the lapped car to set him up for a pick because he was running down low, and once I got around him, I got right to the bottom and protected for a while.” He stayed on the hub until lap 48 when he moved back up to fight off the high-side running Heckenast who was closing in fast. “I moved up because I felt it was better,” Bobby said. "Towards the end I was way more comfortable on the top. It was a really fun race there. Really, the whole race was a lot of fun. It wasn’t typical Fairbury with me banging the boards the whole time so it was a lot more relaxing race. Awesome night, greatly prepped racetrack. It was so smooth, had two characteristics of a top and a bottom, and that’s really everything you could have asked for. I feel like we could’ve started in the back tonight and moved forward. Hat’s off to Fairbury.” At a track where Bobby has historically been snakebitten, this season has marked a turnaround as he has banked over $62,000 in race winnings at Fairbury.

eldora sep9Bouncing back from being caught up in a wreck that destroyed his primary car on Wednesday, Bobby parked his backup car in victory lane Friday night in a World 100 preliminary race. He was the fastest overall qualifier of the 107 cars on hand. He earned the second highest number of points from Thursday and Friday. With an invert of six, he started sixth in his heat race Saturday night. He moved up to grab the third and final transfer spot. He rolled off 14th in the 100-lap finale. He was 10th by lap 25 and worked his way up to eighth by lap 75 and sixth at the finish.

fairbury sep3Building up a lead of over seven seconds, Bobby cruised to the $10,000 MARS FALS Super Nationals win Saturday night at Fairbury (IL) Speedway. “Finally good to get the win after four straight second place finishes," Bobby said. “The track was really slick. It was tricky, felt a lot like Macon. Macon gets that thick cushion right up on the wall and that's the only place that I'm really ever good at.”

davenport aug27For the third consecutive night, Bobby fell one spot short of the top prize in the World of Outlaws three-day Quad Cities 150 at Davenport (IA) Speedway. He started ninth in the 70-lap finale but fell back outside the top ten in the early stages. With around 20 laps to go, he made his move to the front. Running the very top of the wall-less 1/4 mile, he was side-by-side with the leader on the final lap but was unable to edge ahead. "I was almost falling off the corner on every single corner," Bobby said. “The cushion was very, very thin and there was a little left in Turn 3 but not enough out of 4. This place provides such good racing all the time. It was a little more dirty tonight than I preferred, but it eventually got there. It just took a long, long time to get there. The last five laps, I was trying all I could because I knew Tanner (English) was so good on the bottom that it was going to be hard to beat him without being ahead of him on the restart. We did all we could to beat him, but we needed that position on him. Hard to pass a guy that good 2-3 times in a night.” The race ran caution-free until lap 60. After that, repeated cautions didn't go Bobby's way and some of his passes were erased by the yellows.

fairbury jul30It was an eventful Prairie Dirt Classic for Bobby which ended in heartbreak once again. In qualifying on Friday, he had an issue with the rack and pinion which resulted in a lap that was 38th quickest out of the 40 cars in his qualifying group. He was able to rally from his 19th starting spot in his 25-lap preliminary race to grab the fourth and final transfer spot in Saturday night's finale. He started 16th in the 100-lap PDC and quickly started his march to the front. By lap 44, he was in the runner-up position and started hounding the leader. He was unable to get the top spot as the top two navigated through lapped traffic. Bad luck again would strike Bobby in this event as his brakes started to fail around lap 73, and he dropped out of the race on lap 80.

“I don’t know if me driving hard trying to make something happen there with him (Sheppard) is what caused it,” Bobby said. “The track was very choppy. At least it didn’t rubber, but I think we’re all surprised that it got rough like that (around the top). It was a battle of attrition. To run (the cushion) right, you had to run it hard to really get around the corner or else you’d shove or bounce kind of weird. You had to kind of keep the wheels spinning, and of course that’s hard on everything. I guess with that mud getting up in there, there’s nothing we could’ve done. It’s just one of those things. I guess we’ll have to figure out how to make it not happen.” Another year, another disappointing PDC for Bobby as he is now 0-9 in Illinois's biggest race. “It sucks, but it is what it is,” Bobby said. “Sometimes it’s your time, sometimes it’s not. I’m sure along the line sometime, as long as we stay consistent, we’re gonna get (the PDC) one of these times. Someday it will be our turn.”

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