Editor’s Note: Ryan Robinson, 17, is the current Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget League points leader and one of six Keith Kunz Motorsports racers competing during POWRi’s annual Illinois Speed Week. From June 6-10, Robinson will be sharing his experiences with SPEED SPORT readers while competing during the five-race stretch. 

Robinson drives the No. 71 Abreu Vineyards Toyota-powered midget for Kunz. Below is his first diary entry. Illinois Speed Week continues tonight at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Ill.

Ryan Robinson

BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Last night the track at Belle-Clair was super rough. It was basically aim for the smallest hole and you’ll be faster than most. By doing that we went from sixth to first in the heat race.

The format for POWRi with the passing points makes it really tough to be good week in and week out. Where you start, how racey the race track is and how tough your heat race is are three factors that you can’t control. You just have to take what you can without trying to take too much, because it will bite you.

In Wednesday’s main event we started second, got a great start and led about half of the race. Myself, Tanner Thorson and Alex Bright started sliding each other. Tanner got out front while we were still sliding and it allowed him to get away.

On the last lap I still felt like I had some pressure from behind, so I threw a slider on a lap car. I hit a rut and got on the brakes and unfortunately it locked up the motor and I flipped. It was just a tough break for the team. We were still scored 10th because we had lapped up to 10th.

All and all I’m excited to come out on the first night with that much speed and Brownstown and Jacksonville are my favorite tracks on the schedule so I’m really looking forward to the next two nights.