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Bobby has wrapped up his 2023 season, and what a season it was! He made 93 starts with 34 wins, 66 top five finishes, and 79 top tens. He scored 14 World of Outlaws Series victories in 38 starts and earned his first WoO series championship. Bobby added two more series titles with the FloRacing Night in America Series and XR Super Series. His biggest wins of the season included the $75,000 North/South 100, $50,000 Gopher 50, $50,000 USA Nationals, $30,000 FALS Spring Shootout, and the $25,000 Wild West Shootout. He banked over $1.2 million in winnings and point titles.

After the cancellation of the final two races, Bobby has officially been declared the XR Super Series champion! Adding the XRSS title to his World of Outlaws and Flo Series championships, Bobby has now completed the national touring series trifecta! In five series races, he captured two feature wins along with a second and third place finish. For winning the title, Bobby earned $75,000.

With the cancellation of the final two events, Bobby has now claimed the FloRacing Night in America Series championship, his second series title of the season. In 10 starts with the series, he picked up two feature wins with seven top-five finishes and nine top 10s. Bobby banked $75,000 for winning the championship.

woo champ 1Bobby collected his $150,000 champion’s check Sunday night in the season-ending World of Outlaws banquet. “It honestly means the world,” Bobby said. “This season, I want to dedicate to my dad. He’s 71 years old, going on 72, and he gets up and down the road working on the car like a young guy. He keeps going, and we keep each other going, so that’s awesome. He’s been there my whole life, supporting me every step of the way.” Bobby’s dad, Bob, was awarded the crew chief of the year. “I may be getting the Crew Chief of the Year award, but my son made me look good a lot of times,” Bob said. “Being on the World of Outlaws for the first year is pretty cool. Going up and down the road with a lot of miles has been pretty fun for an old guy like me. I keep this thing going because I love racing.” Bobby also picked up the Social Ambassador of the Year award. He will receive a commercial on DIRTVision for his merchandise.

woochampBobby earned his first career national touring series championship as he was crowned the 2023 World of Outlaws Series champion Saturday night at the Charlotte (NC) Dirt Track. In his first full season with the World of Outlaws, he scored 14 feature wins with 25 top-five finishes and 32 top 10s in 38 starts. “It was really nice proving everybody wrong, all the naysayers and all that,” Bobby said. “And not just proving them wrong but winning the whole thing and dominating toward the end. I don’t doubt them for having disbeliefs. I only ran a full series one time. It was a long time ago. It was 2018. You see it all the time, guys drop off and they go run Summer Nationals or whatever they might do, and it just doesn’t work out. We knew we had a mindset that we were going to do it. The car was really fast all year. Won a lot of races. Just been one of them monumental years for us. It’s pretty crazy. The Outlaw title is something that, for me… I never knew when I was going to run a national series again. So, when we ran it this year, at first, I wasn’t sure we would even be in the hunt to win this thing. To come out on top is very very special for us. The history with the World of Outlaws, I think it is one of the best series of racing in the world. Man, it’s just, it’s really a goal that came true.” Bobby collected $150,000 for winning the championship and another $25,000 as part of the winner’s circle bonus program.

tricounty oct12 1Bobby started on the pole of the Tar Heel 53 Thursday night at Tri-County (NC) Racetrack but was unable to get the lead at the start which proved costly as he had to settle for second in the Flo Night in America Series race. He fell back to third after the initial start but was able to get back to the runner-up position on lap 11. He stayed close to the leader throughout the rest of the 53-lap feature as he tried different lines on the track but didn’t quite have enough to make the winning pass as the top side proved to be too strong. “At the start of the race the bottom was a little slimy and I just couldn’t take off (from the pole) and that’s what got me back to third on the start,” Bobby said. “Luckily J.D. (Davenport) made that one bobble over there and I got around him and from then on it was just holding him off on every restart. O’Neal was pretty good up there (around the top).” Bobby holds a nine-point advantage in the series standings with two races remaining.

fairbury oct7Bobby’s mastery of the Fairbury (IL) Speedway continued on Saturday night as he surged into the lead on lap 14 and built up an over three-second advantage at one point on his way to his 34th feature win of the season in the 50-lap FALS Frenzy World of Outlaws Series race. Starting outside of the front row, he fell back to third on the start but settled into the high line and waited for his chance to pounce. He briefly took the top spot on lap nine but couldn’t hold it. On lap 14, he was able to use his top side momentum to power by on the outside of a three-wide battle for the lead. “It was a little nerve-racking,” Bobby said. “The car was great, but the most nerve-racking part was going through lap traffic, and a couple times I got pinched, and I couldn’t get around. It was a great racetrack. You had a car on the bottom, middle, and top. It made for a fun race. I’m glad to get the win.” With five races remaining, Bobby leads the series points by 156.

brownstown oct6Bobby took command on the eighth lap Friday night in the Hoosier Dirt Classic World of Outlaws Series race at Brownstown (IN) Speedway and stayed in control the rest of the 40-lap distance to pick up his 13th series victory of the season. “We had to guess on what the track was going to do after the heats,” Bobby said. “I told my dad ‘The tacky spots are tacky, and the slick spots are slick.’ So, we went ahead and tightened it up. I was a little nervous on the tire choice because everyone else was almost the same, and we had one tire that was different than the rest of the field. I think that’s why I got tight, but an awesome car, awesome effort by my team again. I can’t thank those guys enough.” Bobby’s series points lead now stands at 150 with six races to go.

atomic sep30The number on his door was the magic number Saturday night at Atomic (OH) Speedway as Bobby seized control on lap 32 and stayed out front the rest of the way to collect his 32nd feature win of the season in the caution-free Outlaw Invasion World of Outlaws Series race. “It was getting really clean in turn three,” Bobby said. “I wanted to be patient because I knew we were pretty good, and staying green was really helping my situation. I knew how clean it was getting, and this track can rubber up. It never really did. It almost did there at the very end, but you never know. I wanted to get by [Madden], and traffic was really hairy. It was a lot of fun, though, slicing and dicing around.” Bobby increased his series points lead to 146 with seven races left.

tylerco sep27Returning to the track after a two-week break, Bobby picked up where he left off as he scored a flag-to-flag win in the Flo Night in America race Wednesday night at Tyler County (WV) Speedway. He started outside of the front row in the 50-lap race and jumped out to an early lead before reaching the back of the field. He flawlessly sliced through the traffic and a caution late gave him the clean air he needed to stay out front and take the $23,023 victory. "I was a little nervous the whole race because I don't have many laps here,” Bobby said. “The dirty air was really hard. When you get behind a lapped car it would just set your car over. It was tough.” With the win, Bobby extended his series points lead to 15 with three races remaining.

fairbury sep12Bobby surged into the lead on lap 19 and stayed in control the rest of the 50-lap distance to earn his 30th victory of the season Tuesday night in the Flo Night in America race at Fairbury (IL) Speedway. "Just an awesome race,” Bobby said. “The car was way better in the feature. We worked on it all night and haven't raced this car much here lately. I'm glad that we got this thing dialed in so we've got two good race cars." With the win, Bobby is now the Flo Series points leader and is in the top spot in three different national tours.

eldora sep8Taking the lead on lap 14, Bobby stayed out front the rest of the 25-lap distance to pick up his second consecutive World 100 prelim win Friday night at Eldora (OH) Speedway. “We were just a podium car tonight,” Bobby said. “I don't think we were the winning car, so we got lucky with that. But you know we kind of tried some stuff tonight, and I didn't really like it as much as last night. So, we’ll probably end up going back to Thursday’s setup. I can't thank all my crew enough for their hard work.” Bobby earned the most points in the two preliminary nights but will start sixth in his heat race on Saturday due to the invert.

eldora sep7Bobby took command on the sixth lap and pulled away to an over three-second margin of victory while lapping all but nine of his competitors in the 25-lap World 100 prelim race Thursday night at Eldora (OH) Speedway. "I've got a really good race car," Bobby said. "I know the track surface is going to slick off a lot in the 100-lapper, so we'll try to find the adjustment to get a little better there. But all in all, great night.”

moberly sep3Bobby cruised to his 27th feature win of the season in the Wiener Nationals MLRA race Sunday night at Moberly (MO) Motorsports Park. Bobby led all 30 laps from the pole as he built up a lead of over five seconds at halfway. Slower traffic allowed the field to close in, but he was able to pull away to a three second advantage at the checkers. “The lapped cars made it a little scary sometimes,” Bobby said. “I just tried to take my time and get through it the best I could and get some distance on second. The car was really good. We didn’t have to touch it too much tonight with the track staying fast. This is one of the first races in a long time that my dad hasn’t been at. They went home to get ready for Eldora, but we were on the phone a little bit tonight. I got to give a huge thanks to my crew and all these fans for coming out here tonight.” With his 27th victory, Bobby has now set a new career best in wins in a season.

deercreek sep2 1Taking the lead on the second lap from the pole, Bobby held on late after his brakes failed to collect his 11th series win of the season in the 50-lap Labor Day Duel World of Outlaws Series race Saturday night at Deer Creek (MN) Speedway. He held a comfortable lead early as he sliced through heavy traffic in the caution-free race. With 15 laps to go, he lost his brakes. “Going off into the corner, you don’t know if it is going to steer,” Bobby said. “Especially if I was running the top like that. You use so much brake around the corner with these cars, you’re pedaling. It helps the car turn. It helps the car slow down. It just does a lot of stuff. So, no brakes is like driving with a blindfold. It was tough.” As a result, he had to abandon the top side of the track and move to the bottom. Shortly thereafter, the track took rubber which allowed Bobby to stay out front and hold on for the win. “I got really lucky that (the surface) took some rubber at the very end because I wouldn’t have been able to keep ‘er (running) on the top like that,” Bobby said. “I gotta give a huge shout out to this team. We’ve faced a lot of adversity through the year, especially a lot of these World of Outlaws nights, and somehow, we manage to still finish up front a lot of nights. So, thanks to them guys for their hard work. I’m still in shock how the years went so far. It’s been my best year by far really. But we stay motivated, we treat every day like it’s a new day. I wanna win ‘em all, I get greedy sometimes, but it’s been an awesome year.” Bobby’s points lead increased to 138 with nine series races to go.

In what could prove to be a pivotal race in his chase for the series championship, Bobby charged through the field from his 16th starting spot to finish second in the 50-lap Back to Class Showdown World of Outlaws Series race Friday night at Mississippi Thunder (WI) Speedway. For just the second time in WoO competition and fourth time overall this season, Bobby qualified outside the top ten as he timed in 22nd fastest of the 30 cars on hand. “I was very down in the dumps for sure after qualifying,” Bobby said. “We missed it, I missed it pretty bad. We just missed the setup a little bit. The track was pretty hard tonight.” Starting eighth in his heat race, he moved up to sixth to grab the final transfer position for the feature. He had his work cut out for him in the main event starting in the eighth row with a risk of losing significant series points. Reaching the top ten on lap 14, Bobby ran into a slowing car ahead of him. As a result, his right-front tire went flat and his right-side door was crushed. “I had nowhere to go,” Bobby said. “I thought that ended our night, but the crew did a great job getting this thing pieced back together, got the tire on it. The door was like dragging the ground, but they did the best job they could.” After pitting, Bobby rejoined the field in the back. From there, he was banging the boards and bringing the sparklers in his pursuit of the front. He was second by lap 43 but was unable to get the lead over the remaining laps. “It was a very, very, fine treacherous line up there,” Bobby said. “That’s the kind of stuff I like. I’m just going to go send it… Just awesome to salvage a great points night out of this.” On a night that put Bobby in a precarious position of having to rally from the back to avoid losing points, he extended his series points lead to 122 with ten races remaining.

davenport aug25Bobby’s hot streak continued on Friday night as he captured his second consecutive Quad Cities 150 prelim at Davenport (IA) Speedway and tenth World of Outlaws Series victory of the season. He started third in the 35-lap race and made the winning pass on lap 20. His WoO points lead is now 126 as he chases after his first national tour series title. “We didn’t know how this would go,” Bobby said. “I’m glad we stayed on the tour. I know back at Volusia, we were bummed out when those first two nights didn’t go our way. We stayed on it. I was really looking forward to running it and getting to these new tracks.” With his seventh consecutive victory, all against national tour competition, Bobby has now reached 25 wins on the season. “We’re on a heck of a roll and a huge thank you to everyone that makes this possible,” Bobby said. “Thanks to all my crew, all my family, and all my awesome sponsors. I can’t do it without them. We’re going to see how long we can ride this wave.”

davenport aug24Bobby seized control with an outside pass on the sixth lap and led the rest of the way as he picked up his ninth World of Outlaws Series win of the season in the opener of the Quad Cities 150 Thursday night at Davenport (IA) Speedway. Starting third in the 35-lap race, Bobby fell back at the start before making his charge to the front. “I was a little worried in the beginning,” Bobby said. “I fell back to like fifth or sixth. I don’t know if I missed turn one or what. I didn’t want to jump up top that soon, but we did what we had to do. We got up on the wheel. It went caution-free. And got it done.” His sixth consecutive victory extended his series points lead to 122.

florence aug12 1It was old school Bobby on Saturday night at Florence in the 41st North/South 100. Banging the boards and bringing the sparklers, Bobby charged from his 13th starting spot to bank $75,000 with his second career North/South 100 victory. He reached second by lap 43 and went to work on the leader. Bobby took command with a slider in traffic on lap 81. He briefly lost the top spot after a lap 87 restart, but the #1 ranked driver in Late Model racing regained the point three laps later and went on to score his third crown jewel win in his career-best season. He accumulated the most points in the two preliminary nights with his two wins, but he was buried in his heat race due to an invert making it that much sweeter to come from mid-pack in the main event. “I had to work for that one,” Bobby said. “That was tough. There was a lot going on in that race to come from 13th. I didn’t have points on the line, $75,000 to win, I was just sending it. It was a lot of fun out there. This is my second biggest win of my career (money-wise). This is pretty cool.”

florence aug11Bobby swept both his North/South 100 Lucas Series 25-lap preliminary features after he grabbed the lead on lap 19 and went on to collect his second win of the weekend Friday night at Florence (KY) Speedway. “As it got slicker and slicker, the car got better,” Bobby said. “I have raced at Fairbury and Cedar Lake the last two weeks, and this has been the same quarter-panel and spoiler. I haven’t had to change it yet, and now here we have to change it after getting into the wall a few times. It was a fun night.”

florence aug10Taking the lead on the 13th lap from his outside front row starting spot, Bobby pulled away to capture the 25-lap North/South 100 Lucas Series prelim race Thursday night at Florence (KY) Speedway. “The track got very smooth, and I got a consistent line that I liked,” Bobby said. “Chilton gave me a run for my money there early in the race. I eventually got that bottom to stick, and the car was really good.” Bobby earned $5,000 for his 15th career Lucas Series victory.

gondiklaw aug7Bobby scored a flag-to-flag win in the Superior Showcase XR Series race Monday night at Gondik Law (WI) Speedway. Starting outside of the front row in the 50-lap feature, he shot to the lead at the start and cruised to his 20th victory of the season. "Oh, man, it feels like I'm dreaming right now because how good we've been, but especially here tonight," Bobby said. “You know, we didn't practice great yesterday and didn't hot-lap great today, and even my qualifying lap wasn't really stellar. I don't know, we just kicked it up a gear in the heat race there. If I wouldn't have won the heat race, I don't think I could have got the job done because, you know, I was getting bad in certain times of the (feature) there. I found one last little squirt that got me away from second place and then with a few laps to go they really caught me. We (had) just enough tonight, and that's how it's been these past few races. Sometimes you gotta have a little luck."

cedarlake aug5Bobby’s career year continued on Saturday night as he cashed in on his second $50,000 payday of the season with his first USA Nationals World of Outlaws Series victory at Cedar Lake (WI) Speedway. Starting fifth in the 100-lap crown jewel race, he reached second on lap 22 and set his sights on the lead. He took the top spot on lap 35 and led the rest of the way but had to hold off a last-lap slide job to win by 0.073 seconds. Bobby finished second in this event in 2014 and was hoping to someday have an opportunity to nab his first wooden eagle trophy. “I’ve always wanted to lead laps in this race towards the end,” Bobby said. “We were always getting there too late. I’ve finished with a lot of top five’s and top 10’s in this race. It was a long time coming here.” One week after another $50K crown jewel win slipped away, this time Bobby was not to be denied. “Anyone that’s asked me before knows this race is right up there with the Prairie Dirt Classic,” Bobby said. “It’s one I’ve wanted to win for a long time.”

cedarlake aug3Bobby led all 25 laps from the pole in the USA Nationals World of Outlaws Series prelim race Thursday night at Cedar Lake (WI) Speedway. He grabbed the lead at the start and cruised to his seventh WoO win of the season. In his last 11 starts, Bobby has not finished worse than second with five wins. “It’s pretty crazy the roll we’re on,” Bobby said. “We had a little luck tonight drawing the one, but sometimes, a little luck goes a long way. We have a lot of confidence. We’ve already got this first night out of the way. We’ve got a lot of really good points, and [series] points in general.” Bobby’s series points lead grew to 112.

boone aug1Bobby led wire-to-wire in the Hawkeye 50 World of Outlaws Series race Tuesday night at Boone (IA) Speedway. He surged into the lead at the start of the 50-lap feature from his outside front row starting position. He held off Thornton late to pick up his sixth (full-field) WoO victory of the season and 10th of his career. “Had a heck of a race with Ricky (Thornton) there late in the feature, and it was critical to hit my marks,” Bobby said. “Fortunately, I did, and we were able to get it done. Big thanks to my family, crew, sponsors, and fans.” Bobby extended his series points lead to 84.

fairbury jul29Bobby led 74 laps in the 33rd Annual Prairie Dirt Classic World of Outlaws Series race Saturday night at Fairbury (IL) Speedway but was denied PDC glory again in his tenth start. He started outside of the front row in the 100-lap race and quickly established himself as the one to beat. Taking the lead on lap five, Bobby rode the bottom groove to stay in front as the cautions played into his favor early as he was able to stay out of the heavy lapped traffic. After each restart, he would pull away to a comfortable margin for the first half of the race. Soon after, Bobby would encounter the back of the field enabling his closest pursuers to close the gap. On lap 72, he lost the lead but would regain it again on lap 81 when the leader slowed. Bobby was unable to hold the top spot, however, as Thornton got by him on lap 88, and he had to settle for another runner-up finish. With his second-place run, Bobby pocketed $57,000 with lap money. “We’re happy with it,” Bobby said. “We couldn’t get through the corners like [Thornton] did. I wasn’t going to cowboy up and do that with points on the line. I’m leading these points, so I have to focus on that.” Bobby extended his series points lead to 68.

fairbury jul28Bobby led all 25 laps to score the $5,000 win in the Prairie Dirt Classic World of Outlaws Series prelim race Friday night at Fairbury (IL) Speedway. He started third but wasted no time in grabbing the lead. He is now one step closer to PDC glory as he will start in the first two rows of the 100-lap finale Saturday night. “We always struggle starting up front in the PDC,” Bobby said. “Every year, it’s either driver error or something goes wrong. It feels awesome to start up front. We don’t have to scratch and claw our way through the field like we normally do. “It feels awesome. We got a lot of momentum. Fairbury’s treated me very well lately, so hopefully, we can get the job done tomorrow.”

offroad jul25Bobby took the lead on lap 64 in the 100-lap Elkhorn 100 XR Series race but was unable to hold it as he had to settle for another second-place finish, his fifth consecutive, Tuesday night at Off Road (NE) Speedway. He led until lap 81 when he got passed after a restart in a caution-filled race. “All the cautions, I think, probably killed our momentum," Bobby said. “I couldn't get going on them restarts quite like Ricky (Thornton) could. I couldn't really turn and then I couldn't take off and the longer it went, I got better. I thought we had it there when we got him in lapped traffic, but then the lapped traffic bit me.” With his second-place finish, Bobby has taken over the XR Series points lead.

Bobby started fourth and finished second Monday night in the 25-lap Elkhorn 100 XR Series prelim at Off Road (NE) Speedway. “Had an awesome hot rod,” Bobby said. “Got under Devin (Moran) a couple times but couldn't quite make the pass. Shoutout to all of my supporters!” Bobby will start third in Tuesday’s Elkhorn 100.

husets jul22 1Bobby gave it all he had but had to settle for second in the Silver Dollar Nationals Lucas Series race Saturday night at Huset’s (SD) Speedway. Starting eighth in the 80-lap race, he moved up to second by halfway and started pressuring Sheppard for the top spot. The best chance Bobby had to take the lead was with 30 laps to go when he attempted a slider and almost had Sheppard cleared only to have him sneak by. “I wish I would have tried the bottom sooner,” Bobby said. “I just couldn’t make that run on him, so I was hoping for some lapped cars to hold him up, and maybe I could cross him [Sheppard] over. That was a heck of a race to come from eighth like that. We were on the move pretty quick. I don’t know how he [Sheppard] fit around me there in turn four that one lap, that was nuts. I had the slider basically cleared and he just got around and that won him the race.”

husets jul20Bobby started and finished second Thursday night in the Lucas Series Go 50 at Huset’s (SD) Speedway. He was unable to grab the lead before the track locked down in the middle stages. After that, he had to stay in the preferred line around the bottom and settled for second. “It was a fun race,” Bobby said. “Being my first time here, and these guys have a race up on me, we’ve now got kind of a notebook heading into the big race on Saturday.”

ponderosa jul14 1Bobby led for 38 laps Friday night at Ponderosa (KY) Speedway but had to settle for second after getting passed late in the 50-lap race. He lost the lead at the start from his outside front row starting position before taking over the top spot on lap eight. He built up an over four-second advantage at halfway but couldn’t hold the lead after multiple cautions and a brush with the yuke tire. “I made a costly mistake and hit that tire,” Bobby said. “I’m really glad we finished second. If a caution would’ve came out, a restart would’ve been tough. Had an awesome car tonight and another great finish for my team.”

dubuque jul10 1Bobby’s hot streak continued on Monday night as he earned $20,000 in the XR Series Key City Clash at Dubuque (IA) Speedway. He started eighth in the 50-lap race but didn’t stay there long. He was in the top five by lap seven and reached second by the 19th circuit. He applied persistent pressure on the leader sliding in front on multiple occasions only to have him cross Bobby back over to keep the lead. But on lap 48, Bobby was able to finally take the top spot for good and stayed out front for the final three laps to take the win, his fifth in his last nine starts. “Had a heck of a race with Moran,” Bobby said. “Shoutout to the track crew for working the track as the night went on. It ended up being a really good show. We are happy to get the win. We made a lot of points gains tonight. This gives us really good momentum heading into the weekend.”

deercreek jul80.002 seconds. That was the margin of victory as Bobby banked a $50,000 payday Saturday night in the 44th annual Gopher 50 Lucas Series race at Deer Creek (MN) Speedway. He started tenth and marched toward the front using the bottom and middle grooves in the first half of the 75-lapper reaching fifth by lap 35. He jumped to the top of the track in the later stages and let the sparks fly in his pursuit of the lead. Running second on the final lap, Bobby slid in front of the leader going into the final corner and came out ahead of a drag race to the checkers in a photo finish. "He [O’Neal] made a little push and every time he would pull me off two, I knew three and four was going to be the one I was going to slide him," Bobby said. "It was like well he bobbled, and I’ve got to go for it, it’s the last lap. I took it in there, I am sure I was slow, and I might have bottled him up in turn four and I got the cushion pretty good. I was worried about the wall because it kind of sticks out. I got the cushion, and the car was pointed down the hill and then I thought I was going to go for it and shoot it straight and gas it to the line. I heard Hudson to my left and we were both probably turning 9500 rpm’s coming to the line. What a race and finish! Thanks to my crew, sponsors, fans, and family for their support!”

Bouncing back after falling out of the prelim race while leading on Thursday, Bobby finished third in the Lucas Series Gopher 50 prelim Friday night at Deer Creek (MN) Speedway. He started fourth in the 25-lap race and battled with Overton for second for several laps before settling for third. "We were right there, but we just couldn’t make anything happen,” Bobby said. “It’s going to be a really fun show tomorrow night.” 

i94 jul1Bobby seized control on lap 21 and cruised through the final 30 laps to capture his fifth World of Outlaws Series win of the season on Saturday night at I-94 (MN) Speedway. Starting third in the 50-lap race, Bobby moved up to second on lap 17 and got his momentum going on the top as he ran down Erb for the lead in traffic. Using a lapped car as a pick, Bobby grabbed the top spot down the backstretch as he entered turn three on lap 21. “Dennis (Erb) was really a sitting duck,” Bobby said. “I know Dennis can rip the lip, but he likes to run the bottom. At the time, the top was really good, and I was like, just stay down there, and he did.” From there, he built up an over three-second advantage at the checkers. This was his first visit to I-94, but it reminded him of another track that he has had success at in his career. “I noticed right away it was going to be a fun track, and I feel like this track fits me,” Bobby said. “This place reminds me of Florence. I knew these boys were in trouble tonight if we hit our marks. It was a fun race.” Bobby extended his series points lead to 52 points.

masoncity jun27There is a new name atop the World of Outlaws Series point standings. Bobby picked up his second consecutive WoO victory Tuesday night at Mason City (IA) Speedway and is now the series points leader. Starting on the pole of the 40-lap race, Bobby lost the lead on the opening lap but continued to put pressure on English for the top spot as they maneuvered through traffic. On lap 26, English had a flat tire, and Bobby inherited the lead. From there, he led the rest of the way for his fourth (full-field) WoO win of the season. “Tanner got the jump on me, and he was keeping a really good pace,” Bobby said. “Clanton was there with us, too. Good thing we got a good redraw tonight. I saw Tanner’s right rear getting low, and I didn’t know if it was his setup or his tire. I was more nervous because I hoped it didn’t happen to me. My tire was completely bald because of the rubber, and we definitely got a little luck tonight.” Chasing the points this season has been a challenge for Bobby and his team, but one that they enjoy. “We like a challenge,” Bobby said. “It’s something fun and intriguing to look (at the points) at the end of the day when you’re done racing. All the hard work is paying off from making gains at this point.”

offroad jun25 2Bobby made his first visit to the Off Road (NE) Speedway memorable Sunday night as he shot to the lead on lap 26 and led the rest of the way for the $10,000 World of Outlaws Norfolk Showdown win, his third series victory of the season. Starting fourth in the 40-lap race, he stalked the leader, looking both high and low for a way around until a caution would fly on lap 16. On the restart, Bobby fell back to fourth. “Clanton had a good restart, and I didn’t,” Bobby said. “That bottom really came back to life, and I figured we were toast. We were fourth, and I figured I might not be able to do something with these guys.” He only needed a few laps to find his rhythm again as he ran down the leader. This time, he was able to make the winning pass. “I started making that bottom work, and every time Sheppard went high, I just happened to get lucky and timed it perfectly. We just kept switching lanes, and it worked out. It was a lot of fun out there. I’m looking forward to the next time I come back here.”

81 jun23Finding the bottom groove to his liking after losing the lead on the opening lap, Bobby took the top spot on the seventh circuit and went on to take the $4,000 World of Outlaws Wichita Showdown prelim win Friday night at 81 (KS) Speedway. “It felt really good down there,” Bobby said. “I was pretty chill and content running down there. But then Hoffman started pressuring us, and the track started really moving around to the bottom, middle, and top. It got really good. It was a really good racetrack there.” Bobby picked up some valuable series points on Saturday night with a fifth place run in the 60-lap finale.

fairbury jun17Regaining the lead on lap 39, Bobby pulled away over the remaining 11 circuits to score the $10,000 DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory Saturday night at Fairbury (IL) Speedway. Bobby’s incredible streak at FALS continues as he has now won five consecutive feature races at the Illinois oval with $87,000 in race winnings. Bobby started on the pole and led early until he encountered the back of the field which slowed his progress as he navigated through the heavy traffic. “It was tough,” Bobby said. “There were cars three-wide. It was pretty wild.” He lost the lead in the middle stages before grabbing it back late with breathtaking moves to get around the slower cars. “He (Babb) was pulling away at that time, and I got up top and was just letting it rip,” Bobby said. “It was kinda like Hail-Mary, last shot for it. We caught the other pack of lappers, and I noticed he was having a hard time with them.” Bobby surged into the lead and went on to record his 49th career DIRTcar Summer Nationals win, his first at Fairbury.

tricity jun16Making his first DIRTcar Summer Nationals start of the season, Bobby picked up his 48th career tour win Friday night at Tri-City (IL) Speedway. He is not following the tour this season as he chases his first World of Outlaws Series championship. “Missing them first two races was a little hard to watch while we were working in the shop,” Bobby said. “It was definitely hard to see that because I’m used to being at all the Hell Tour races.” Starting third in the 40-lap race, Bobby fell back to fifth early as he searched for the fastest lane. “Found out the bottom was working well for me, and I was able to get below some guys,” Bobby said. “It gave me a run and I could slide them and get past them.” He took the lead on the 17th lap and stayed out front the rest of the way. He stretched his lead to over three seconds at one point as he cruised to the win.

kokomo jun12Bobby gave it all he had but fell just short of a $100K windfall in the XR Super Series race Monday night at Kokomo (IN) Speedway. Starting third in the 100 lapper, Bobby briefly took the lead on lap nine, but an untimely caution erased the pass. He stayed close throughout but had to settle for third and another $15,000 payday. “Heck of a race!” Bobby said. “Cautions really hurt us but still very happy with our run. Another podium, we will take it. Big thanks to all of my family, crew, sponsors, and fans.”

eldora jun10 ribbons“Our cancer ribbon idea was a huge success!” Bobby said. “We are pretty comfortable in saying we will be writing a check for over $20,000 to help fight this horrible disease! For all those that donated, I personally thank you. Cancer has affected all of us in some way. It was enlightening to hear so many stories from fans who told me about their loved ones. We were all in this together, and I felt so proud to have them riding with me this weekend! Here's hoping for a breakthrough and a cure. Just happy to do a small part to help. Thanks again everyone!”

eldora jun10Bobby captured his career best Dream finish of third in the rubber Saturday night at Eldora (OH) Speedway. He started third in the 100 lapper and briefly led early before falling back to third. He settled in line and rode the remaining distance to earn a $15,000 payday. “By far (this is) my best finish in the Dream,” Bobby said. “We were pretty good there … just kind of like at the (Eldora) Million. I was right there with J.D. for a little and then they pulled away from me. But I was making the top work down there until it rubbered on the bottom. Hey, we'll take it. The podium is awesome here at the Dream. (It was a) great weekend with the second last night and third tonight. We'll build a notebook. That's what we got to do. First time running the Dream here with this Longhorn (Chassis). We’ll just build a notebook. We couldn't learn too much on the rubbered-up track there. Still, we kind of learned some before it rubbed up and I felt like we had a really good car. So we're looking forward to the next time we get to come to Eldora.”

Bobby charged from his seventh starting position to finish second in a Dream preliminary race Friday night at Eldora (OH) Speedway. “We were definitely I think the fastest car at the end there,” Bobby said. “I was trying my hardest to save my stuff. I knew Rice was making that top work and I saw how beat up his spoiler was, and I was like, man, the only way to run it might be to just tear the spoiler off it and I was trying to keep it on. But we saved our stuff till the end there. I think it was good timing and went for it. I made it really exciting there at the end. I don't think I was going to be able to clear Hudson. I backed off of it. What an awesome turn around it has been from these last two nights.” Bobby will start on the pole of heat four on Saturday night.

Overcoming damage suffered in a lap four skirmish, Bobby fell back to ninth before rebounding to finish third in a World of Outlaws sanctioned race Friday night at Tri-City (IL) Speedway. “It was pretty crazy how far back we came and being right on them guys,” Bobby said. “Larson got the wall right in front of me, and I just piled right into him. Nine times out of 10, that’s taking you out of the race with how hard we hit. Lucky to bring it home in third. Track was pretty demanding. Fans definitely got their money's worth with that finish, top four all under a blanket.” The top four finishers were all less than a second from one another at the checkers.

farmercity jun1Using a lapped car as a pick, Bobby sneaked past Hoffman for the lead on lap 27 and held on to score the $10,000 World of Outlaws sanctioned Farmer City Showdown Thursday night at Farmer City (IL) Raceway. “We caught that lap car, and we caught him at the right time because I made up a lot of ground on Nick,” Bobby said. “Nick kind of got bottled up and even pushed a little bit, and I had that bottom, and I just swung it in there, and I felt him get me a little bit in the rear when I slid in front of him. That was probably going to be the only time I was going to pass him. The car was awesome tonight. I think we had a really good setup for how fast the track was.”

florence may31Bobby recorded his eighth runner-up finish of the season Wednesday night in the FloRacing Night in America race at Florence (KY) Speedway. He started outside of the front row in the 50-lap main event and jumped out to the lead at the start. He stayed in the top spot for the first 43 laps building up a lead of over two seconds. With seven laps to go, Bobby slipped off the cushion and tagged the wall. This allowed Thornton to close the gap in a hurry. Bobby was unable to regain the lead and had to settle for another second-place finish. “The cautions really hurt me at the end. I think I abused (my right-rear tire) throughout the race,” Bobby said. “I made that little bobble (on lap 32) but I pulled back away. Then I made that really big bobble down there (on lap 43). We got into those slider battles, that was a lot of fun. All in all, a great night. We’ll take this and move on.” Bobby’s recent hot streak rolls on as he now has eight top five finishes in the last nine races with a worse finish of sixth.

sharon may27Overcoming adversity earlier in the night, Bobby finished third in the 60-lap finale of the World of Outlaws sanctioned Battle at the Border race Saturday night at Sharon (OH) Speedway. With under an hour before hot laps were scheduled to begin, Bobby and his team were forced to swap out the engine. He was unable to make it out to hot lap and almost missed qualifying. He was able to post the fourth fastest lap in his qualifying group. Bobby went on to win his heat race to earn the third starting position in the main event. In the feature, he was able to stay in contention throughout the race but was unable to mount a serious challenge for the lead. With the third-place finish, Bobby moved up to second in series points. “It’s definitely a success,” Bobby said. “We saw a lot of good cars get lapped tonight, and a lot of good cars just not finish up front. It’s been tough all weekend, and the adversity we fought was just crazy. We didn’t know when we had to hustle and bustle to get that stuff changed around if we’d even make qualifying. What a night, and I can’t say enough thanks to all of my crew guys.”

sharon may25Bobby moved up from his fifth starting position to finish second Thursday night in the opener of the three-day World of Outlaws sanctioned Battle at the Border at Sharon (OH) Speedway. He drove his backup car after suffering mechanical trouble with his primary mount shortly before hot laps. This didn’t slow him down, however, as he set fast time in his qualifying group. He reached second in the 25-lap main event after a lap 13 restart but was unable to challenge Madden for the lead. “I think we could’ve possibly got the job done tonight if we would’ve beaten Madden in that heat race,” Bobby said. “We had a really good battle in the heat race, and for him to be the one who won the race, I guess it’s not too bad. That says we weren’t a bad second place.” With his runner-up finish, Bobby now has three consecutive top five’s in WoO competition and six straight overall.

stateline may23Bobby set fast time and won his heat race enroute to a third place finish in his first race at Stateline (NY) Speedway Tuesday night. Starting fourth in the 40-lap World of Outlaws sanctioned race, Bobby fell back to fifth until a lap 25 restart. He moved to the top and advanced two spots to finish third at the finish. His second straight WoO top five moved him up to fifth in the series points. “Fortunately enough, those guys got kind of bottled on the bottom,” Bobby said. “I hit my marks pretty good, but not great. But it was enough to get around Madden. Then I got next to Gordy, and on the next lap, I passed him. It was a really good run for falling back to fifth.”

davenport may17Bobby picked up his third consecutive podium finish Wednesday night in the FloRacing Night in America race at Davenport (IA) Speedway. He started third in the 50-lap event. In a race where the bottom groove was the preferred lane, Bobby picked up valuable series points with a third-place run. “Erb snookered us on the bottom there. He’s really good at doing that,” Bobby said. “A really good, consistent night. We’re happy with it.”

marshalltown may16Bobby charged from his sixth starting spot to challenge for the lead before settling for a runner-up finish in the 50-lap FloRacing Night in America race Tuesday night at Marshalltown (IA) Speedway. His best chance to take the top spot was with 23 laps to go when he slid high within inches of the leader but was unable to clear him. “Track position is huge,” Bobby said. “With these Late Models, aero is so big. He (O’Neal) didn’t make many mistakes. He stayed pretty solid up there. He was using all the cushion that was up there. It made it really hard for me. It’s hard when you follow a guy, and you’re a lot better out front in clean air when you’re by yourself when you can see the racing line. It was a challenge. All in all, a great night and we’ll take a second.”

fairbury may13Bobby picked up where he left off last year at Fairbury (where he earned over $77,000 in race winnings) as he banked $30,000 Saturday night in the Lucas Series FALS Spring Shootout. He surged into the lead on lap 37 and tamed the treacherous cushion late for the win. “Definitely redemption from last night,” Bobby said. “I just messed up yesterday. My team didn’t give up. They said get back in that car and drive it. Huge thanks to them. Just an awesome night.”

spoonriver may10Starting on the pole of the 50-lap FloRacing Night in America race Wednesday night at Spoon River (IL) Speedway, Bobby took control as he led 44 of the first 45 laps. While navigating through lapped traffic on lap 46, he got held up behind a slower car in front of him allowing Erb to roll around the bottom into the lead. Bobby was unable to get back around him and had to settle for second. “Yeah, I mean, (the lap 46 hiccup in traffic) definitely didn’t help me. But the lapped cars, you just have to work with them and try to pass them,” Bobby said. “I didn’t think he was going to move up that much. You want them to hold their lane, but it is what it is. I’m glad we finished the race. Second is really good; it’s not really a heartbreak. It’s good for the points for this deal and everything. Got to keep plugging away at it.”

Bobby started fourth in the 25-lap WoO Dairyland Showdown preliminary race Thursday night at Mississippi Thunder (WI) Speedway. He briefly took the lead late but had to settle for second. “Had a good car,” Bobby said. “Good night for our team. Shoutout to everyone that supports me!”

talladega apr21Bobby charged from his 14th starting spot to take the lead on lap 42, but a broken left-rear wheel and brake caliper four laps later knocked him out of the $50K to win Alabama Gang 100 WoO race Saturday night at Talladega (AL) Short Track. “Disappointed to say the least,” Bobby said. “Had an amazing race car, just some bad luck. Shoutout to all of my sponsors and supporters. Couldn't do it without you! We will keep digging.”

brownstown apr8Bobby took the lead on the 21st lap from his seventh starting position and went on to score the $6,000 Northern Allstars Late Model Series win Saturday night at Brownstown (IN) Speedway. “That was a good race there,” Bobby said. “I know the ending probably wasn’t too exciting, but heck for a second we were three-wide for the lead, and it doesn’t get a whole lot better than that. Winning this race is super special. I just can’t say enough thanks to you guys for putting this show on and the whole family for putting this race together.”

lucasoil mar31Bobby moved into the runner-up spot on lap 18 from his sixth starting position but couldn’t track down the leader in the caution-free 40-lap MLRA Spring Nationals opener Friday night at Lucas Oil (MO) Speedway. “Had a good car, just need to get a little bit better for tomorrow,” Bobby said. “We are still learning every time out.” Bobby was the fastest qualifier of the 48 cars on hand.

Bobby started 13th in Saturday’s 40-lap finale. He steadily moved forward and finished fourth at the checkers. “Had an extremely fast hot rod tonight!” Bobby said. “Would've liked to have seen a caution to see if we had anything for them. Overall, a pretty good weekend, just happy to have the chance to race somewhere again with all this bad weather. As always, shoutout to all of my family, crew, sponsors, and fans. Couldn't do it without you.”

springfield mar5Bobby went turkey hunting at Springfield (MO) Raceway Sunday night and bagged the top prize. He took the lead on lap 33 and stayed out front for the remaining eight circuits to capture the $10,075 Turkey Bowl victory. “Big thanks to my family, crew, and all my sponsors,” Bobby said. “Couldn't do it without you!”

volusia feb16Bobby dove underneath the leader going into turn one on the final lap pulling ahead down the backstretch and held on to steal the $10,000 WoO DIRTcar Nationals win away Thursday night at Volusia (FL) Speedway Park. He started fourth in the 30-lap race and jumped to second by the fourth lap. He never gave up as he rode in the runner-up spot lap-after-lap of the caution-free race. He closed to within a car length of the leader with three laps to go before making his move on the final circuit. “Wow...what a finish,” Bobby said. “I just kept poking in there on the bottom and I was getting better the lower I got. It was slimy so it had to come in. I think with about 10 laps to go … I looked up and there was 10 to go … and I thought there was like three to go. I was like, 'Well, we got to keep the tires under us a little bit more before I really push it.' I normally don't run the bottom like that. It's pretty nice down there, but it takes a lot of focus to hit your marks. One time I would miss it and I would talk to myself and say, ‘Man, you can't do that again.’ I talked to Jeff Leka and he told me, ‘Man you’ve won here before … just think about what you know how to do to win the race.’ That thought crossed my mind again and I dug down a little deeper and found something else. I can't thank my crew enough. They really work their butts off, working late and getting up early and getting what they need done so we can focus on what we need to do. Huge thanks to my family, sponsors, and fans!”

volusia feb14Starting on the pole for the second consecutive night, Bobby led laps 2-11 but had to settle for a runner-up finish Tuesday in the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia (FL) Speedway Park. “We made some adjustments that really helped,” Bobby said. “I think now we can actually tighten the car back up a little more. (Monday) we were too tight. Just trying to find a good balance, but these are some of the best guys here. It’s something we can build off of. The most important thing is getting laps here. Volusia is tricky to get around, but a lot of fun. So far everything is working wonderful and we really have a good piece.”

vado jan15Bobby came out on top and banked $25,000 after a thrilling finale to the Wild West Shootout at Vado (NM) Speedway Park on Sunday night. He started outside of the front row in the 50-lap race and traded the lead back and forth with Davenport early. After losing the lead in the middle stages, Bobby never gave up and retook the top spot on lap 43. The final seven laps were crazy with slider after slider being thrown between Bobby and Larson in a race that will be talked about for a long time. “That was so much fun,” Bobby said. “Kyle raced me so clean. It takes a guy like that to know exactly where he’s gonna put his race car and know exactly where I’m gonna put my race car afterwards. This place has become a very, very good racetrack.”

vado jan13Taking the lead on the 18th lap, Bobby earned a hard-fought $10,000 victory and snapped Davenport’s three-race winning streak Friday night in the fourth round of the Wild West Shootout at Vado (NM) Speedway Park. “What a race,” Bobby said. “Whenever you can beat the 49 you have to be at the top of your game. Had a lot of fun out there. We finally made the right call on the tires. I can't thank everybody enough for putting me in this position. Hats off to everybody, whether it's the crew guys, sponsors, everyone helps me out. I want to dedicate this win to Penny Hoker's sister, Molly. She's battling breast cancer right now. Want her to know she is in our thoughts and prayers.”

vado jan11Bobby made a valiant effort but fell just short Wednesday night in round three of the Wild West Shootout at Vado (NM) Speedway Park. Pulling to within a car length of the leader with six laps to go in lapped traffic, he couldn’t make the winning pass and had to settle for a runner-up finish. “We were catching them there,” Bobby said. “We had a shot and (Davenport) never made any mistakes. He’s a heck of a wheelman. So hard to pass there; you get those lapped cars in between you. It was so much fun. I was very happy with second. All in all, I think we were really good. We keep knocking on the door!”

vado jan7Bobby finished third Sunday night in the second round of the Wild West Shootout at Vado (NM) Speedway Park. He caught the top two with nine laps remaining and traded sliders with Larson in a very entertaining 40-lap feature. Bobby briefly took second but was unable to hold it. "Had a great car," Bobby said. "Learning a lot every time we pull on the track. Gave it everything we had, just came up a little short. Can't wait to get in this car again! It's a pleasure to be just a small part in the Longhorn Chassis group. Everyone involved has helped me out a lot. Hope everyone enjoyed that show!"

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