|Robbie Evans likes to stay busy.
He is the owner and operator of Evans Construction & Vinyl Sign Company.
Robbie finished a career best 3rd in the 2006 season AMRA International points standing, and
is looking to improve on that finish in the 2008 season point chase.
Evans caught the racing bug following veteran WV Late Model driver Frank Wilson, when
father, Dallas Evans, sponsored Wilson’s efforts. Despite his father’s protests, Robbie
decided to give it a try and in 1992 went modified racing. Those were pre-AMRA formation
years, Evans followed the Skoal series and in 1993 finished 18th in the UMP National points in
just his sophomore season. That was also the season Evans made his first and only trip to
PPMS, to firsthand experience “the thrill of victory and agony of defeat”. After earning the
pole position for the Skoal series feature, by virtue of fast time and heat race win, Evans had a
straightaway lead when the motor exploded. Time and approximately 50 plus feature wins since
have helped lessen the disappointment of that day.
AMRA wins at Ohio Valley, Skyline, I-77 & Tyler County Speedways, as well as the 1996 WV State
Championship, headline Evans’ accomplishments since the sanctions inception in 1994.
Robbie also has competed at WVMS, Elkins, I-79, Pennsboro (WV), Beckley (WV), Buckeye,
Southern Ohio, Midway, R&R, Muskingum and Jackson Co. (Ohio) speedways in past travels
and along the way won over his father’s support. In what might be Evans’ fondest
accomplishment, Robbie was victorious over “an All-Star field of cars, a real “Who’s Who” in
Ohio Valley’s 1995 season Championship race, then nearly duplicated the feat the next night
coming up short one position in Skyline’s curtain closer. The 2008 season will see a Lightning
Chassis with his familiar number 17 prepared by Crew Chief Dave Hall and C.J. Life.
The 43 year old resides in Mineral Wells, WV with his wife, Josie, and children, Cecily 11, Tyler
9, and Coleman 5. Despite the lure to move on to other more expensive forms of racing, Evans
remains firmly rooted in the importance of family and business first and will continue to enjoy
the competition of modified racing. Evans will also enjoy this racing season as crew chief for
his two sons, Tyler (17T) and Coleman 17C), as they begin their rookie season in mini wedge
Finishing in the top 10 in AMRA International points 10 out of the last 13 years, Evans stated:
“The AMRA is a good deal for a weekend warrior type racer. The continuity of the rules and
sharing in the year end point fund are big pluses for a hobby racer like myself.” Evans hopes
his experience in his construction business will continue to serve his team well, as their past
success will help “PAVE” the way to an equally accomplished future for his two sons as well as