Rob Twitchett drives his No.69 Mini Stock during June 15 action at Ohsweken Speedway. (Photo by Dale Calnan/ Image Factor Media).
By Carin Sundin
OHSWEKEN, Ont. (June 19, 2018) – Ohsweken Speedway officials are pleased to have HRW Automotive Mini Stock driver Rob Twitchett in this week’s segment of In The Driver’s Seat.
Each week In the Driver’s Seat showcases a driver from the Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stock or HRW Automotive Mini Stock divisions at Ohsweken Speedway and provide some insight into the mind and history of the driver behind the wheel.
Rob Twitchett is in his seventh year in the Mini Stock division with his No.69 Mustang. Rob would like to thank his 2018 sponsors Kal Tire, Evergreen Landscapes, McClurkin Properites Inc. and Fireball 5 Lettering as well as his crew member Logan Martin.
(Author’s note: Rob says he is currently accepting applications for anyone interested in becoming a crew member for the No. 69)
How old were you when you started racing? What division/class?
RT “I started driving when I was 27. I started in the Bomber division, spent one year there, moved up to the Mini Stock division and have been there since.”
How did you get involved in racing?
RT “As a kid, my sister’s boyfriend (who is now my brother-in-law) and his family raced Vintage Modifieds at Flamboro Speedway. And that caught my interest and gave me the racing bug!”
What was your scariest situation in a race car?
RT “I’d have to say it was when I totalled the car in 2016. Bobby Tolton had cut a tire and spun in front of me. We made contact and Bobby started rolling and Adam Nigh ended up in the back end of me. Everyone walked away but it was one of the hardest hits I have taken so far.”
Do you get “race nerves” before a race?
RT “Nope, no race nerves! I’d say that sitting in the lineup before a race is the calmest that I am all night.”
What is your favourite race moment to date (as a driver, fan, growing up, etc.)?
RT “Easy! My first Heat win. The first win, heat or feature, there’s nothing like that feeling.”
If you could race in any other class, which would it be?
RT “Modifieds look like fun. Anyone looking for a driver?”
What advice would you give anyone who is interested in getting into racing?
RT “Set a budget, then double it! Set realistic goals. If you are all about “the win”, you will leave the track disappointed, most nights.”
What driver do you most admire?
RT “I’d have to say Thunder Stock driver Dave Bailey and Sprint Car driver Mikey Kruchka. It doesn’t matter whether its good or bad the equipment that you give them, they will still find a way to win with it. Talent and hard work over money.”
If you could compete in any race, what would it be? Which track?
RT “I’d say probably the Chili Bowl Nationals or Eldora Speedway. They both offer a high level of competition.”
Do you have any race day or pre-race superstitions?
RT “Not unless you count forgetting to turn on the GoPro, then no, none. LOL.”
We’d like to thank Rob Twitchett for taking time to sit In The Driver’s Seat and wish the No. 69 and his team the best of luck during the 2018 race season.
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Ohsweken Speedway’s 23rd season of weekly Friday Night Excitement features four divisions of racing, including the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks. Visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com to view the schedule or call (519) 717-0023 for more information.
About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a motorsports complex which includes a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval track. The facility is owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly Friday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, and Mini Stocks, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway also hosts weekly Micro Sprint racing on Thursday nights.OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY MEDIA
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Ohsweken Speedway thanks the following partners for their support in 2018: Arrow Express, Kool Kidz Ice & Water, Corr/Pak Merchandising Inc., Renway Energy, Case IH O’Neil’s Farm Equipment, Hoosier Tire Canada, EPIC Racewear, McDonald’s Restaurants of Paris & Brantford, Ackland Insurance, Strickland’s GMC, Lucas Oil Products, Burger Barn, Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Insta-Insulation, Middleport Mechanical, HRW Automotive, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket.