With a Roush Performance 400ci engine on board, Robbie Blankenship started off 2009 the right way. With a year under his belt with this car, Robbie had it figured out pretty well at Bradenton. He qualified with an 8.63 at 151 mph to pace the field. After winning the championship last year, Robbie again showed why he's the defending Hot Street champion by being consistent, yet a little rusty, on the tree the first race out. Good thing for Robbie, as it appeared his competition was just as rusty. Robbie had a first-round single; then put a tenth on Tim Eichorn driving the SAM car, and then Ben Mens rolled through the beams in the final to hand Robbie the opening win.