As a kid, Cameron McGlashan began going to Barrie Speedway with his dad every weekend, having held season tickets for almost 10 years. As he continued to watch everybody, it became clear that he wanted to try racing for himself.
“It’s just something that I’ve always wanted to do and finally, I figured there’s no better time than right now,” he commented. “I’m 22, I got no house and no kids and now is the time to do it if I’m ever going to do it.”
Jumping behind the wheel for the first time this season, the driver of the No. 83 England Enterprises, ORVauto, Taylor Drywalling & Taping, Express Yourself Décor Mustang came out of the gate strong, posting five straight top-seven finishes to start the season, highlighted by a runner-up finish on opening night.
“It’s been pretty good,” he commented on his season thus far. “We came out, had a few good runs; just been steady all year. We’ve battled a motor problem the last couple of weeks but I think we got it figured out. We had a good run last week – got a third place. It’s been pretty good so far.”
On Saturday night, the pieces came together for McGlashan as he picked up his first career victory after passing Nick St. Onge for the lead with seven laps to go. He then held off fellow rookies Chris Allard and Treyten Lapcevich in the closing laps.
“He kept holding the bottom,” McGlashan said of the battle with St. Onge in victory lane. “I knew I couldn’t get him on the high side because every time I’d go on the outside, it’d wash up a little bit. I remembered what Rick (Walt) said – he said ‘go in a little high and cut it in’. So I went into one and two and cut it in and he tried to rub me and I’m like, ‘I’m in here – it sucks to be you. I’m staying.’”
Nine races into the season with eight top-10s under his belt, McGlashan now finds himself sitting second in points, five points out of the lead. With over half his rookie season behind him, he says the biggest thing that he’s learned has been “how much the little things change on a car”, whether be going from one tire to another making the car go from amazing to evil, or simply changing his line on the race track a little bit.
Though while there’s been a lot of learning, he admits that he has had a solid support system around him, with help from Walt Motorsports and Mike Brown.
“It’s been a dream come true,” he commented. “The biggest thing when it comes to racing is that you have to surround yourself with good people. Like, the Walts have really taken me in and Mike Brown comes over all the time and we’re always thrashing on stuff, trying this and trying that. It’s just been amazing to see how everybody comes together. We’re just one big team but we’re racing against each other, right?”
Now going into the rest of the season with his first feature win under his belt, the goal is simple – finish off the season strong with a solid finish in points, possibly top-three being the goal.
“That’d be a successful season because before this season, I never drove a car ever,” he added.