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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.”

i80 jul24Bobby charged through the field from his 20th starting position to grab a podium spot in third on Thursday night in a standalone preliminary race leading up to the Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 (NE) Speedway. "Had a really good car," Bobby said. "Awesome racing with Mikey (Marlar) and B Shepp. Wish we could've started a little further up front. Big thanks to all my family, crew, sponsors and fans." Bobby started third in the 80-lap Silver Dollar Nationals finale on Sunday night. He moved up to second and continued to run there until lap 46. He fell back to sixth after a lap 48 restart. "Had a good run going until the right rear wheel cover broke and got packed with mud causing a bad vibration," Bobby said. "I was hanging on after that." He lost a spot at the end to finish seventh. "Overall a solid weekend for our team. Thanks to everyone that supports my team! Big thanks to the entire Kosiski family and staff. If this is it for the track, I'm really going to miss it."

shadyhill jul14Bobby led wire-to-wire from the pole en route to his seventh DIRTcar Summer Nationals win Thursday night at Shadyhill (IN) Speedway. "I got on the top side there early on and it was pretty fun for a few laps, but I knew it was a matter of time for it started to move down," Bobby said. "Really, the car was great and I think we're probably the best car, but we got lucky with the draw and it helped out that that first (attempted) start didn't go, because (Chad Finley) had got me on the outside and I was probably gonna have to race him there for a while if I was going to try to pass him. So I got that second start going and I made sure to get to the top as soon as I could and got it done."

montpelier jul13Bobby led the final 13 laps Wednesday night at Montpelier (IN) Speedway as he earned his sixth DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory. Starting fifth in the 40-lap race, Bobby moved up to third in the first 20 laps. He dove to the bottom as the leaders reached lapped traffic and made the winning pass. “The bottom was really good, it really surprised me,” Bobby said. “It's a really good racetrack. I know it was a lot of fun. Big thanks to my crew for all the hard work after the long drive from Iowa to Indiana.”

stuart jul11Taking a break from the Summer Nationals for a couple of days, Bobby traveled to Stuart (IA) Speedway for a pair of XR Super Series races. On Monday night, he charged from deep in the field (22nd) to finish eight. He started closer to the front on Tuesday night as he rolled off from the outside of the front row in the 50-lap finale. On the 15th lap, Bobby made a spectacular move to take the lead as he dove underneath Owens and Madden down the backstretch. “I didn't know if it was going to work, but I figured I had to go for it, because by the time I turned, Chris had filled the gap and I had to make something happen," Bobby said. “It was awesome right there, but I wish we could have hung on to it.” The track started taking rubber around the halfway mark, and unfortunately, Madden found the rubber first as he passed Bobby on lap 27. With all the front runners settling into the bottom of the track over the last 20 laps, Bobby was unable to mount another challenge for the lead. “I just needed to move down you know? I missed the signal there. It happens,” Bobby said. “From yesterday to today, the car was really good. I mean, we were good yesterday, too. I finally found some at the end, but we finally started up front tonight, which is what we wanted. We’re happy with second place.”

tristate jul10Bobby came out on top of a slide job battle for the lead as he captured his fifth DIRTcar Summer Nationals win Sunday night at Tri-State (IN) Speedway. He started on the pole of the 40-lap feature but was unable to grab the lead until lap 14 when he slid in front of the leader. “It was kinda like last night, I really had to get up on the wheel if I was going to catch and pass [Freeman],” Bobby said. “He was doing good, and then we got in lapped traffic and we were getting through there well. I had a really good restart, and he just made that one bobble there when I had a good run off of Turn 4 that allowed me to slide him in 1. We could’ve done that the whole race, it was a lot of fun.”

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