BRIGHTON, Ont. – June 21, 2017 – Phil Potts had the chance to battle the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series for the first time in two seasons last Saturday night and the defending Brighton Speedway Pro Late Model Champion came away with a solid 12th
-place finish against some of the best Dirt Late Model racers in the world.
“I had a blast. I loved every minute of it,” Potts said. “Just the sound of the motors screaming is awesome. People love that they’re sideways long before the corner. They’re throwing the car in sideways and letting it bite when it gets to the corner. I love it too.”
Potts didn’t have the qualifying effort he planned, timing in 22nd fastest, but improved the car for Heat Race action and finished fifth behind four full-time Outlaw drivers.
“I thought there was a berm and there wasn’t in qualifying,” Potts said. “It would have been a lot easier to go around the bottom and do my normal thing but sometimes you get wide-eyed.”
Before the Mud Slingin’ 50 Feature event, presented in part by Vanderlaan Building Products, Potts and setup man Stu Archer wrenched and adjusted on the car come Feature time.
“He really is a good setup guy,” Potts said of Archer. “He gave me some advice during the week that I did to the car and it made it so much nicer to drive. The adjustments we made for the Feature made it even nicer. I had such a fun time driving that car.”
Potts fell back initially in the main event, but raced forward into the top-dozen as the top-running Crate Motor car. He maintained the spot over the final 15 laps for a solid run.
“I was maybe driving overly cautious until lap 23 when I said, “geez, my car’s really good. I’m faster than the cars that are ahead of me,” Potts said. “I was having a blast after that. The tire’s came in and the car was really nice.”
Potts best memory of the race was the four-wide salute to the fans that packed a sold out grandstand as well as the chance to talk to some of the best racers in the world.
“We do the four-wide around here, but it’s not as cool as when you do it with those guys,” Potts said. “I stopped to talk to a couple of guys for a few minutes and they were gracious.”
Potts will continue his championship title defense on Saturday, June 24 when he rolls into Brighton Speedway for Orange Motorsports night. For additional event information, visit www.brightonspeedway.ca. Fans will have the chance to check out Orange Motorsports’ KTM Motorcycles before the races.
Phil Potts – 6 Starts: 0 Wins, 4 Top-5s, 5 Top-10s
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The Fowl Mood Race Team’s 2017 season is supported by several dedicated corporate sponsors, including Vanderlaan Building Products, Brighton Recycling, Indewey Excavating, Bay Marine, Orange Motorsports, On Time Body and Graphic, Crow Design, Bill’s Johns, K-D Transmission, Image Factor Media and Clayton Johns Media.