Last year, Robbie Sikes put together an impressive season at Barrie Speedway that led to success throughout the season on his way to finishing solidly fifth in points. With his rookie season behind him, Sikes is set to compete for feature wins this year with Barrie’s elite.
Going into his sophomore year, Sikes took on the 15 questions that everybody has become used to.
1. How’d you get started in racing?
I got started in racing just like most local racers. It has always been a part of my family. Being born in Sault Ste Marie, we used to travel to Northern Michigan a lot when I was younger. When we moved to Orillia, we met Al Inglis and that led to me and my dad pitting for Rob Inglis, which got me into the sport in this area.
2. First Racing Memory
My first racing memory is travelling on weekends to different tracks and watching family and friends race. Having a trailer at a campground in Michigan made travelling to various tracks easier. The two tracks that I remember the most would be Onoway Speedway and Kinross Fairgrounds.
3. If you could be sponsored by any beverage company, which would you choose?
If I could be sponsored by any beverage, I would have to say Coca-Cola. I would put it at the top of my list as favorite drink. The Coca-Cola Racing family could use a Canadian in my opinion. LOL
4. Story behind your car number
The story behind the #37. It was run by a family friend who we used to travel with. As a child I used to love drawing race cars. When I got into racing myself, I looked through my drawings and 37 was the most common number.
5. What’s your nickname and what’s the story behind it?
I have a few nicknames. My original was Hillbilly Deluxe. I guess alot of people see me as a Hillbilly and I got started racing around the same time Brooks and Dunn released the song.
Also have Ruthless Robbie Sikes; this one comes from Spencer Lewis. I assume it comes from my driving style which can sometimes be deemed ruthless.
6. If you could race any NASCAR driver, who and why?
If I could race any NASCAR driver, I would love to race Dale Earnhardt. I like the agressive no hold back style. He would give you the bumper – not to wreck you just rattle your cage.
If you were looking for a current driver, I would say Chase Elliott. I believe that kid has phenomenal talent.
7. What’s life like outside of racing?
My life outside of racing- definitely not exciting lol. Racing is a time consuming and expensive hobby. I spend most of my time working. When I’m not working, I spend time with my Girlfriend and with family. I also have young dog to fill any other spare time.
8. If you were animal, what animal would you be?
If I was an animal, I would be a monkey. Well atleast that is what most people will tell you. Why? I don’t know lol. Alot of people call me Monkey occasionally so seems like the right answer.
9. Favourite pizza topping
Meat Lovers or Hawaiian.
10. Dream vacation spot
I’m gonna say Speedweeks at New Smyrna.
11. If you were stuck on an island, what’s one item that you must have?
If I were stuck on an island I would have to have cold beer. Food was first thought but I’m sure I could find something for that.
12. Favorite book
Circle Track Magazine; not a book but close as I get to a book.
13. Favorite movie
14. Favorite piece of technology
Television allows me to watch NASCAR Races.
15. Sponsors/People you would like to thank
I would like to thank my family, my girlfriend Sarah, Brian Murray and my crew for all the help getting the car ready and getting sponsors. Also Thank my 2014 Sponsors, RB Graffix, High Tech Tint Plus (Barrie), Bromley Automotive (Hawkestone), Dwinnell’s Moving (Barrie and Orillia), Hannahman’s Roadside BBQ (Barrie) and Ernie’s Performance. Also all the great fans who support local short track racing on a weekly basis!
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