After finishing off the 2016 season strongly, Cameron McGlashan is set to return to Sunset Speedway’s Mini Stock division once again in 2017.
“I’m hoping 2017 will be a breakout year for our team and get us back to running up front,” he told Short Track Musings.
Going into the year, McGlashan is keeping his goals simple, as he wants to “run up front, compete for wins and finish in the top-five in points” with the possibility of 2017 being his last full-time season of racing.
“We’ve stripped the car right down to nothing and are rebuilding it from the ground up,” he added. “Ernie’s building us a new power plant so there’s no way that we won’t be faster next season.”
This past season, McGlashan made the move up to the Mini Stock division after he completed 2015 with a runner-up finish in the Mighty Mini standing and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division IV Track Championship.
“Looking back on 2016, I would say it was a very humbling year for us after moving up,” he said. “We had some ups and downs but we learned a lot that we can apply for 17.”
Starting off the season, McGlashan posted a pair of 10th place finishes, before being completed in a Lap 1 crash on June 4 which resulted in heavy damage to his mustang. With a heavy rear-end damage, he’d miss a couple weeks before returning mid-June.
The return saw one of his strongest finishes as he put the No. 83 England Enterprises, Orvauto, Arbor Aces Tree Care Inc, Steelcase Tires ‘N’ Mags Inc, UPS, Wix Filters, www.geppettoland.ca, Lubecore Barrie, M&S Metals, and Cabral Racing Promotions Mustang out front on Lap 1 ahead of the field. He then led all the way till Lap 8 when he was eventually passed for the top spot by Charlie Smith. From there on, he fell back a couple spots into the field, eventually crossing the finish line in fifth.
In the four races which followed, there was a sea of up-and-down results as he posted a pair of 14th place finishes to go with a 10th and his first career Mini Stock top-five on July 30. Notably, he was able to run in the top-three that night all the way up until a late-race caution at Lap 19. For McGlashan, the strong results were rewarding following the crash in June.
“After we had that big crash in June we fought the car for a month till we found that our rear end was bent,” he said. “When we changed that it made a huge difference the rest of the season and I feel I really grew as a driver as the year went on.”
In the three events which followed, he closed the year with a pair of eighths and another fifth place finish.
For McGlashan, it was impressive campaign – only to be matched by his teammate Robert Toope having an equally impressive year in the Mighty Mini division with his first career victory.
“It’s great having Toope as my team mate,” McGlashan said. “We’ve turned into really good friends away from the race track. We share a lot of resources and tools at the track and in the shop.”
The pair will now get the opportunity to race against each other in 2017 as the track announced they would be combining the pair of divisions together.
“I think it’s great that there joining us together,” McGlashan commented. “From a fans view who wants to watch 14 cars? No one. From a drivers view I’m sick of being at the track at 12 for practice so hopefully we can start later with less divisions.”