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Fuller Content with Thompson Finish

Posted on October 03 , 2011 by Rob Fuller

Fuller Content with Thompson Finish

RFM and company left Thompson Speedway with their goals accomplished… finish in one piece.

Practice started Saturday and the Draco Mod was fast out of the trailer. “We tested some new things last week and that really put us ahead of the curve this week,” explained Rob.

Rob sat top ten on the NASCAR scoring sheet most of the practice and was ready for the weekend’s unusual format. This race was the first UNOH Shootout of many to come. The format was different but made for great racing. Two 125 lap races were first, one for the Northern cars and one for the Southern cars. Rob ran the Southern race as there were fewer cars in that event and the track promoter needed to have as many cars as possible in both fields. These races were followed by a 50 lap dash for cash between the best 36 Modifieds the country had to offer. The RFM group had a plan. It was to feel out the car in the first race and charge in the second. The first 125 lap race was underway. This race was special to the Fuller Family and the Northern Modified fan base for another reason. Jeff Fuller (Rob’s uncle) made the trip north to compete in the Southern Modified race. “This is definitely cool”, explains Rob. “Jeff has done so much in this division and to race him this weekend is definitely a moment I won’t forget.” The two had actually never competed against one another, so the fans got a real treat to see them compete at the track where it all began for the Fullers 40 years ago.

The RFM group stuck to the plan. Rob rode around the high banked track until it was about 50 to go and the charge was on. Rob got up to the sixth position and with just 6 laps to go the teams luck ran out. The Draco Mod was out of gas. “Wow…. pretty embarrassing here”, is all Rob said about that. This misfortune left the RFM team starting scratch (36th) in the 50 lap shootout. Rob wasted no time in coming to the front in this race. By lap 10 he was 21st, lap 25 he was in the top 15 and still coming strong. The end result was 13th and a bunch of smiles. “That’s what it’s about”, describes Fuller. “We had a great car and best of all we had fun.”

The RFM group has some new faces this year and each did their part. “We all joke around about the contractor, plumber and Boylston Public Works Department, but I couldn’t be happier with Dana, Rob and Steve. “We set out to have fun and be competitive in this series and that’s what we did this weekend.” Jimmy Fuller is getting the car ready during the week at the new RFM facility in Shrewsbury and Steve Garepy is bolting the fresh Hoosiers on for Rob each week. “That’s special to me”, Rob says of Steve and Jimmy’s efforts. “Steve Garepy was friends with my Mom and Dad in the ‘70”s and 80’s and always was there for my Dad when he was racing. To have him help me out as well means the world to me. Jimmy’s work has spoken for itself, without his experience holding all of us together none of this would be possible.”

The RFM group will head to the shop and regroup for Loudon in 2 weeks. A couple more runs like this weekend and look for the RFM boys to be battling for top 10’s in no time!