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SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: BILLY ROBISON

Topeka veteran Billy Robison has nothing left to prove in racing.

After all, the 62-year-old Robison is already a Hall of Famer, earning induction in the Knoxville Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1985.

But Robison, who has been raicing Modifieds for more than two decades, has never found anything he likes better than hitting the track.

"We kind of pulled back away from the sprint cars,'' Robison said. "I needed a rest and we went golfing and all the other stuff you usually do."

"We went fishing and golfing and all that, but we kind of got bored with it. I went out to the short track and they were running these things (Modifieds) and it looked like fun.. If you like fishing, great, I like racing. That's all I can say.''

Robison has been a multiple-time track champion in Modifieds, but he says he doesn't race for the victories.

"Four, five or six (track championships), something like that,'' he said. "I don't keep up with that kind of stuff, it's for fun.''

Robison, who was second in Saturday night's "A' main Modified feature, also valuels the close relationships he's made through racing.

"I've got a lot of friends that like to go racing and a couple, three of them are always around if I need something done,'' Robison said. "And If I aint doing it then they'll go do it and bring it over.' It's kind of cool that way.''

Robison, who retired from his job in the floor-covering business five years ago, has been racing for more than 40 years, but continues to be a force on the local scene.

"I try to be (competitive), but there's times when the old body says, "Wait a minute,' ''' Robison said. "It's just one of those deals.

"I wish I was the kid I was back then physically, but I'm not and I know I aint so I''ve got to be a little more careful and use my knowledge a little bit more than everything else.''