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24th to 2nd at Thunderbird Summer Nationals

thunderbird jul10Rallying from deep in the field, Bobby kept his title hopes alive with a runner-up finish Wednesday night at Thunderbird (MI) Raceway. He suffered a flat tire while leading his heat race which resulted in a 24th place starting position in the 40-lap feature. It took him only 13 laps to reach the top five. After a lap 26 restart, he came within inches of taking the lead. “It was a lot of fun getting through there, having to dodge everybody going through the pack,” Bobby said. “I knew we had to get to the front to keep our championship chase alive, because if we finished 10th or something, that would’ve be really bad. And it was really rough, so it was making cars go from the bottom to the top and top to the bottom. Guys were all over the place. Luckily I got through there and was fast enough to get to second and even challenge Brian for the win. I think I just about led a lap, but all in all, it was a good night considering what happened in the heat race. That’s what you’ve got to do to win these championships — you’ve got to salvage a bad night, and we did. So on a night like this, with how it went, to get second to Brian, I’ll take that.” Earlier in the night, he set a new track record in qualifying. He leads the tour points by eight with three races remaining. -- Jim DenHamer Photo

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