Darren Robertson has been racing since he was fourteen years old; however, he has been involved in racing his whole life. Darren comes from a family of champion racers. His father, Jerry, is a three-time NASCAR regional champion, and has also won many track championships and hundreds of short track races on both dirt and asphalt from coast to coast. Darren’s grandfather, Odie, was also a champion racer, winning the country’s first “big money” short track race in 1980 at Medford Speedway in Oregon along with hundreds of wins and many championships across the country. Darren started going to his dad’s shop at a young age, and has been learning from him ever since on how to build, repair, set up, and drive race cars. Not only is Darren a talented driver, but he also has a vast knowledge of different types of race cars. He has been working for almost three years as a finish fabricator for Furniture Row Racing’s NEXTEL Cup team.
2001 Darren began racing in 2001 at the age of fifteen, finishing seventh in the Quarter Midget Points Standings at IMI Motorsports Complex after competing in a limited number of races.
2002 Darren moved up to the Legends division at Colorado National Speedway (CNS) and Big Country Speedway (BCS), surprising everyone with his excellent car control and driving ability. After only a few races, he showed everyone that he was going to win races soon; he qualified in the fast six his first time out at BCS.
2004 At the age of eighteen, Darren moved up into a Grand American Modified, which he raced at CNS. He had a spectacular rookie season, winning the Rookie of the Year award and finishing second in the overall point standings. In ten starts, Darren finished in the top-10 nine times, the top-5 six times, and racked up three consecutive second place finishes before capturing his first career feature win against multi-track champion Joel Hansen.
2005 For 2005, Darren faced his next challenge by moving up into a Super Late Model at CNS, the region’s toughest series. He competed against many past track champions and past NASCAR regional champions, including Roger Avants and Bruce Yackey. Darren proved himself immediately, as he qualified third in only his second time out in the car. He went on to collect two quick-times and qualified in the top-3 six times. Driving with Furniture Row as his sponsor, he attained the CNS Rookie of the Year title.
Robertson won his first career late model feature race in 2005 at BCS in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Robertson impressed the crowd as he passed multiple NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Regional champion Bruce Yackey on lap 98 of the 100 lap race. Darren also received his high school diploma in 2005 from Maranatha Christian High School.
2006 In 2006, Robertson ran his second season in the Furniture Row super late model, competing again on the full CNS schedule. Darren surprised many as he proved to be a worthy contender in this highly competitive division, and he even set a new track record at CNS for the USLMA late models. Darren finished eighth in the overall point standings at CNS. He ended the 2006 season with ten top-5 finishes, fourteen top-10 finishes, and two quick-time awards. Robertson also captured a dominating win in the late model division at CNS. Starting deep in the field, he was able to move his way through traffic to take the lead on lap fifteen without any caution flags. Robertson held a full straight-away lead over the second place car at the finish.
Robertson also made his first attempt to qualify for a NASCAR Elite Touring Series race on June 3 at CNS. Darren qualified eighteenth out of the forty-four cars that attempted the race and out-qualifying Dexter Bean, Scott Backman, Bruce Yackey, Greg Voigt, Eddy McKean, Danny Darnell, and Darrell Lamoure to name a few. He was doing a good job maintaining position and had even passed his father before he was unable to avoid a spinning car on lap 77, which took him out of the race.
Darren also traveled to Sandia Motor Speedway in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Starting fourteenth in the feature event there, Darren powered his way to a close second place finish in the 100 lap race, finishing ahead of many tough drivers including the 2006 NASCAR Southwest Series champion Rip Michels, who finished fifth. A few weeks later, Darren traveled to Tucson Raceway Park, and impressed many people by setting quick time and finishing 6th in the main event. These two races marked Robertson’s debut at both Tucson Raceway Park and Sandia Motor Speedway. Darren proved in these races that he could adapt quickly to new and different tracks and be very competitive while doing so.
Sandia Motor Speedway (Albuquerque, NM) – ½ mile
New Smyrna Speedway (New Smyrna Beach, FL) – ½ mile
Colorado National Speedway (Dacono, CO) – 3/8 mile
Tucson Raceway Park (Tucson, AZ) – high-banked 3/8 mile
Big Country Speedway (Cheyenne, WY) – ¼ mile
Highway 92 Speedway (Gering, NE) – ¼ mile
I-76 Speedway (Fort Morgan, CO) – ¼ mile dirt
Twin Cities Speedway (Marysville, CA) – ¼ mile dirt
Asphalt Late Model
NASCAR Elite Touring Cars
Racing Schools Attended
2004 – Finish Line Racing School (New Smyrna Beach, FL)
2006 – Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving-advanced road course (Phoenix, AZ)
2006 – Jimmy Sills School of Open Wheel Racing (Marysville, CA)