Coming off a year that saw him walk away with the Sauble Speedway championship, Zack Casemore is ready to get back going once again in the spring.
“2018 is looking to be a busy but good year,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “Things are improving everywhere. The new rules package should make things interesting, it’ll take a bit for everyone to get to their top of their game.”
In an effort to make the super stock division equal across the board, every track has now gone to the same tire from American Racers to make it easier for drivers who want to travel. But the changes don’t stop there, as Sauble Speedway will be under NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanctioning, and there’s the new Great Lakes Concrete Series, which will see three events at Sunset Speedway and three at Sauble.
“NASCAR has brought different thoughts into my head,” Casemore admitted. “The higher payouts and excitement of having NASCAR are good for the track. Hopefully it results in higher car counts. I just hope it doesn’t take the low budget small guys out of the equation.”
The changes come under the new ownership of Mark Dilley and the Gresels, which took over Sauble Speedway at the beginning of last season. After seeing the track headed downhill previously, Casemore states the group is doing a great job as things “are headed back up in the right direction,” recognizing that change doesn’t happen overnight.
As noted, though, the year went spectacularly for Casemore with two feature victories and seven podiums en route to the championship crown.
“Walking away with a championship is always a huge accomplishment,” he said. “You’re competing against top guys. It takes a great team and flawless season to win.”
Knowing he had a great team behind him to get the job done is something he always knew was there, after an experience two years ago.
“We wrecked the car from a oil spill on the track, and then the next week we were put into the wall,” he recalled. “he clip was bent. Car was wrecked. I was ready to give up. But my dad and uncle worked on it and convinced me to bend it back the best we could and go. We ended up winning the feature the next week. It was a reflection of how good and dedication this team has.”
For the driver of the No. 16 North Sauble Sands Camp, HCR Building Inc, TG Group Insurance, Fretz’s Valu-mart Sauble Beach, Noble Truck Bodies & Accessories, Liverance Fabrication and Millwrighting, and Pizza Delight Sauble Beach Thunder Car, he got his start in racing after a friend started to compete with his father.
“We went to watch a few times and became hooked,” he added.