Kicking off the 2017 season at Sunset Speedway, Cameron McGlashan started off real well as he won a heat, before scoring a runner-up in the 25-lap feature.
“It was huge for our team to come out of the gate strong like that,” he told Short Track Musings. “It was a huge confidence booster for me and everyone on the team. Last year at (the) Velocity (250), Kamrath was lapping me and now we’re right on his heels.”
McGlashan started off the night strongly, using a good starting spot in the first heat to take the early lead, and hold off Doug Butler for his first career Signs of Innovation Mini Stock heat victory. He then put another solid performance together in heat two, coming from the back to post a second-place finish. Returning back to the double heat format is something McGlashan felt was a great idea by the track.
“The heat races mean more than ever this year and you have to run well in order to start up front in the feature,” he added.
The qualifiers set him up well for the feature, as he’d start second and was able to battle side-by-side with Warren Paxton for the lead for the first seven laps, before Paxton cleared him for the spot. Despite slipping back to third two laps later virtue of eventual race winner Andy Kamrath, McGlashan was able to keep up with the pair of leaders and passed Paxton back on Lap 13 for second. Looking to have a strong car on the long run, he began to close on Kamrath as they negotiated lap traffic, with the caution flying on Lap 15. The late caution did not work out in his favor as he was unable to find a way around Kamrath, crossing the finish line in second.
The performance by the driver of 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 surprised some, but began last season with a pair of fifths and eighths to close out 2016. It also shows that hard work pays off.
“We completely stripped the car down to the bare chassis and changed and updated everything on the car,” McGlashan said. “Ernie (Fumerton) built us a new motor. We talked to a lot of people this winter, got a lot of ideas and put a completely different set up in the car and so far it seems to be paying off huge.”
Now rolling into the rest of the season, he knows the key will be keeping up with how the track changes through the summer, while continuing to maintain the car.
“It’s a long season and I think the guy who doesn’t have a bad night will be the champion at year’s end,” he added.