This past weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Isabella Robusto took first place in the Young Lions U.S. Legend Cars division in race five of the five race series at the 6th annual Battle at the Big Top. 13 year-old Robusto from Fort Mill, South Carolina, is a second-year member of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, running for Rev Racing’s youth program.
The Battle at the Big Top (BATBT) is a six-day event, including one day of practice and five days of racing. Robusto also walked away 2nd in overall points, winning 3 poles in six races. Robusto was the only female Legend car driver in attendance and became the first female to win a race in a Legend car at the BATBT.
This five-day show brought drivers from North Carolina, South Carolina, California, Iowa, New York, and Nova Scotia. NASCAR Drive for Diversity alumni drivers Daniel Suarez, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Kyle Larson also raced in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series this past weekend at the same track Robusto scored her victory.
Race five at the BATBT was a national qualifier. Robusto, winner of race five, is guaranteed a starting spot in the 2018 Asphalt Nationals at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, taking place on October 25, 26 and 27.
“TMS is such a fun track! It’s really old and bumpy and each corner is different. I really had to be up on the wheel for every lap,” said Robusto. “I knew I had a fast car after practice on Monday, but I couldn’t believe I got three poles against some of the best competition in the country! But, I came up short of a win all week. Going into the last race, I knew in my heart it was mine. But then we had five restarts (most involving my own brother), so I really started to get nervous. I led every lap, but with five to go I bobbled and got passed. In the end, I battled back with two to go and won.”
Robusto first sat in a go-kart at the age of five on an asphalt track in Kershaw, South Carolina. After a year of seat time, she began racing the kart in club races at Carolina Motorsports Park. Then, she progressed to the US Legends Car series where she began training with AK Performance and Kendall Sellers, and garnered the attention of Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program.
Robusto will join her Rev Racing teammates this weekend for the Zombie Auto 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway for NASCAR K&N Pro Series East second race of the season in preparation of her next race on April 21st at Concord Motorsports Park.