Napa’s Krider Racing gets to add another notch in its racing belt after a victorious weekend down at Buttonwillow Raceway during the National Auto Sport Association Honda Challenge Round 7 event.
Rob Krider, driving for Double Nickel Nine Motorsports, pulled off a racing trifecta when he set the pole position during qualifying, broke a track record, and then led the race flag to flag to bring DNN Motorsports its first win of the season.
“That’s how it’s supposed to go every weekend at the racetrack,” he said.
Rob had come off of the previous round of the Honda Challenge series with a lot of momentum, having earned second place at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
“I should have won in Fontana, but one small slide with the car and my competition took advantage,” he admitted. “I’ve been mulling over that second-place finish for a month straight. I wanted to get back out on the track, hold the field off and win – and luckily, we were able to do that.”
His dad, Jim Krider, was asked what he thought about the new track record set by his son.
“I think it’s fantastic,” he said. “Track records are special because it means nobody in the history of the planet has ever driven around that track as fast as Rob did last weekend in Honda Challenge.”
This is the second track record set by Rob at Buttonwillow Raceway, the same track where he won the NASA Western States Championships in 2016.
“Rob has proven he is very tough to beat at that track,” said Jim. “I wouldn’t want to run against him there. That course just flows and works for him.”
Rob said the historic night couldn’t have happened without one of the team’s sponsors, Craig Watkins of Watkins’ Smart Racing Products.
“Tuesday night before the race, Craig and I met in downtown Napa and ate dinner, drank many beers, and spent a lot of time talking about aerodynamics. Craig sketched out on the dinner receipt how we should set up our rear wing. We took his advice and the car was excellent fast. I credit the record to his setup advice.”
Keith Kramer, owner of Double Nickel Nine Motorsports, said the pole position, track record and victory was the culmination of the entire team coming together and making small improvements to ensure victories like this keep coming.
“The second-place and first-place finishes really help us out for the season championship points,” he said. “Currently we are in the second spot, but momentum is on our team’s side. Rob and the car are jelling well, so I think the rest of season looks very positive for us.”
DNN Motorsports is sponsored by B&G Tires, Performance In-Frame Tuning, Napa Valley Muffler, Tactical Ops Brewing, Chandler Autosport, Olson Auto Body, Bay Ex, Economy Stock Feed, J&B Farms, TEM Machine Shop, I/O Port Racing Supplies, Smart Racing Products, Hasport motor mounts, ProSpeed RS 683 brake fluid, Carbotech performance brakes, Insane Shafts, Autopower, Cadet Blues the novel, Eibach Springs, Phase2Motortrend, Devsport, Sychrotech Transmissions, Driven steering wheels, and Sampson Racing Communications.
The next chapter for DNN Motorsports will be to take both team cars to Performance In-Frame Tuning in Napa, where AJ Gracy will tune them for the Western States Championships at Thunderhill Raceway in October.
Rob has a lot of experience at the track, where he has driven in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill event multiple times.
“I know that track so well, I could drive it in my sleep,” he said. “In fact, I think one year at around 3 a.m. I may have driven around it while sleeping.”