New Ride, Big Confidence For Rob Summers At Stafford Speedway CarQuest Super Saturday

Rob Summers goes looking for his second ISMA SuperModified division at Stafford Motor Speedway when the division returns to the vaunted half-mile for Saturday’s 9th CarQuest Super Saturday event.

Rob Summers

Summer, of Manchester, picked up a win in 2007 in a SuperModified driving for Howie Lane back when the event was known at Extreme Tuesday.

Now the name of the race is different and so is the team for Summers. This year Summers arrives at a Stafford in a car considered one of the top thoroughbreds in the paddock each time the division comes to the track.

Summers is running in 2012 for car owner Vic Miller in the ride vacated recently by Chris Perley. Miller’s car, with Perley driving, has won five times in ISMA’s eight trips to Stafford.

“I didn’t really expect to race this year,” Summers said in a release from Stafford Speedway. “I’ve been concentrating on the business and I was coming home from a motorcycle ride and I got a call, it was totally out of the blue. With commitments to his business and family, Chris [Perley] decided to step away I guess and Vic [Miller] gave me a call. This has ended up being the chance of a lifetime. I’ve driven for Bob Garbarino and a lot of good people, but Vic Miller’s team is probably the best I’ve ever driven for. They’ve accomplished a lot, and to be able to drive a car like that is big for me.

“I’m feeling very confident because I know I’m in a car that is very capable. Hopefully we’ll have a little luck on our side and we’ll see what happens. The one win I have at Stafford is probably one of the most gratifying wins that I have because we beat Chris Perley. Winning this race would be huge, but the team is expecting to do well, it’s a team that has done it many times, so it’s up to me to get it there. Vic and his crew have been doing this for a long time; any time they go to the track they have a pretty good car.”

Summers made his debut in the Miller car on June 9 at the Waterford Speedbowl. He looked ready to record a second place finish before a crash late in the race relegated him to a 13th in the event.

“We started last in our heat and won the heat, and then we started 12th in the feature and we were up to second with two laps to go before we got tangled up with a lapped car,” Summers said. “Up until that point, we had a heck of a race going, the car was great.”

ISMA runs a 50-lap feature on the CarQuest Super Saturday card this weekend at Stafford. Also on the car is a 30-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature, a 25-lap Pro Four Modified feature and the Champions for Charting kart race. Heat races begin at 6 p.m. with features scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

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