Jerry Robertson

Jerry began his driving career in 1981 when he was 19 years old. His first year in a sportsman car he won “Rookie of the Year” honors and started his trophy collection with an impressive three wins. He followed this up with the Late Model Division “Rookie of the Year” two seasons later. He immediately began to rack up wins against seasoned veterans in the top and toughest division at Colorado National Speedway. The press immediately began writing stories about his “Natural Talent” as a driver.

Jerry’s driving ability attracted the attention of a Denver-based company called Serene Contact Lens Solution. They proposed a deal to sponsor Jerry for the 1984 season. That year, he traveled to California, where he broke Larry Phillip’s track record at Ascot Speedway, along with the track record at Corona Speedway. He also went to New Mexico, Arizona, California and Kansas where he left his mark with track records and wins, while still finishing a respectable second in points at CNS. It was obvious that Jerry had the ability to adapt quickly to new tracks after logging several wins at facilities he had never even seen before.

The next season, Jerry moved to Charlotte, NC where he continued his winning fashion on the ultra-competitive dirt tracks of the South. He traveled around to all the big shows that paid the most money, including the Big Ten Series races at Concord, NC and the Southern Dirt Nationals in Travelers Rest, SC. In total, Jerry won over 126 dirt races from 1981 to 1993.

In 1994, Jerry had his first year of asphalt racing. He stormed the NASCAR Grand American Modified division at Colorado National Speedway, winning three titles: “MOST MAIN EVENT WINS”, “MOST DASH WINS”, and the “SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP”.

In 1997 and 1998, Jerry had the opportunity to start three races in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He ran Milwaukee and CNS and had two top ten qualifying runs, however he suffered engine failures during the race.

jerryinhelmet06Jerry ran the first few races of the 1997 season in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series. The Mike Bonicelli-owned car received sponsorship from Lucas Oil Products. Jerry qualified seventh out of more than 70 cars in the Copper World Classic in his first ever start at Phoenix International Raceway. Jerry was leading the “Rookie of the Year” chase and was fourth in Series points when he received a call from Doug Taylor Motorsports to replace Doug Hevron as driver of their Busch Grand National Car for the Las Vegas 300. Jerry out-qualified veterans such as Dale Jarrett, Terry Labonte and Michael Waltrip, just to name a few. He qualified 19th and moved up to seventh place in the race before suffering brake problems that put him two laps down. He finished the race in a respectable 22nd place. The team was so impressed by the results that they asked him to run the car in more races that year. The next week at Hickory Speedway at the Busch race, Jerry ran in the top ten all day until overheating problems took him out. The team was working on sponsor deals, but they never panned out and they were unable to complete the season.

jerry-robertson_187-9-03When the 2000 season approached, Jerry decided he was going to concentrate on a season championship in the Late Model Division at CNS. He proved he could do it in the Grand American Modifieds in 1994. But could he do it in the always-competitive NASCAR Late Model Class, and could he make a run for the NASCAR Regional Championship that pays $40,000 to the winner? Well with the help of a friend who donated a 12-year-old chassis that had been lying in his backyard rusting for six years, Jerry began to work on building his car.

He organized a pit crew and not only made the first race in time, he won that race with a half lap lead over second place. That was the beginning of a championship season that yielded TEN wins which broke the record for the “Most Wins compiled in a single season” at Colorado National Speedway (Rick Carelli had eight wins in 1992). Jerry not only won the local track championship, he also won the highly coveted “NASCAR Great West Regional Championship” taking home the $40,000 in awards from NASCAR.

Jerry went on to score back-to-back NASCAR Northwest Regional Championships in 2003 and 2004. His 2004 record of 10 victories and 15 top five finishes led to being recognized for the second consecutive year as the “Oval Track Driver of the Year” by the Rocky Mountain News. The 2004 regional championship was his third in five seasons, and fourth overall.

Jerry also owns the distinction of being the only driver to win the “Pepsi Challenge” at CNS. Robertson went from last to first after electing to take the Challenge in both 2002 and 2004 during NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series events at CNS. Each race earned him an additional $23,000 jackpot.

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