After experiencing success in Mini Stocks over the past couple of years, Jake Watson is getting the opportunity to move up a division in 2018 to Super Stock.
“I think the opportunity is awesome,” he told Short Track Musings. “Can’t thank Shawn Chenoweth enough for having faith and trusting in me. I’m going to do the best I can and try to learn as much as possible and have good results at the same time. We will have some awesome sponsors and supporters returning, like Mike Schmidt at London Recreational, and a few others coming with me on my new adventure.”
Watson will run a Shawn Chenoweth Racing-owned entry, splitting seat time with veteran Andy Kamrath.
“It’s going to be a great experience being a Development Driver working with Shawn and Bob Chenoweth and Andy Kamrath after so many years in my dad’s Mini Stock, racing at tracks like Flamboro, Sunset, Sauble and Kawartha which gave me quite a bit of experience,” Watson noted. “Shawn has had so much success in anything he raced and always has fast cars. Andy will be a great driver to share the ride with; he’s also had a lot of success in the Pro Late Model and along with the mini stock. I think those guys will be great to work with.”
Going into the year, Watson says his goal is to focus on “learning as much as possible” while doing the best that he can, which could even include winning a couple of races. He proved he could get the job done before, winning two features last season at Flamboro Speedway.
“The 2017 season I had was an up and down one for sure,” he said. “Started off the season strong with a handful of consecutive top-five finishes which led to me winning two features in a row at Flamboro. Then we blew up and struggled to find a new motor for the rest of the year, and that made us sit out for almost the rest of the season. We also attempted to run in the 50th annual Autumn Colours Classic at Peterboro, but once again the motor didn’t quite hold up. A big thanks to Dave Middel who owns the No. 25 mini stock (home track – Sunset) for letting me pilot his car for the Frostoberfest at Flamboro Speedway. I had a blast, that car is fast!
“During the season, while I was waiting for a motor, I was lucky enough to be part of Treyten Lapcevich’s APC (Late Model) team. I enjoyed travelling with them from track to track, helping work on his car and his team taught me a lot while my dad was his spotter.”
Reflecting back, it’s no surprise the pair of victories are his most memorable of the year.
“My most memorable moment of 2017 would have to be winning 2 features in a row at Flamboro Speedway,” he commented. “Those being my first ever feature wins made it so much more of a memorable moment, being able to win them back to back.”