Sometimes when you stick a microphone in front of a driver’s face, you have no clue what they may say and a couple of times you’ll hear something that surprises you or gives you a bit of a perspective.
Throughout the 2017 season, I had the opportunity to speak to a bunch of different competitors. During those interviews, there were some quotes that stood out. So it seems only fitting we take a glance back through the year at what was said.
“Last year when they took it over, they were dealt the short stick where they only had I think five weeks from the time they purchased it to the time they opened up the track. So they couldn’t really put their stamp on things and get things how they liked with the schedule. This year, you look at the schedule, you look at even down here (at Motorama), the booth were in, is phenomenal. Sauble is well represented with all the cars here; they all look phenomenal. It’s just a testament to how much work the two of them are putting in.” – Kevin Bridge
“Being able to finally get my first win was awesome. I could imagine it actually happening. I’ve been so close so many times that to actually get it was such a relief.” – Dylan Holmes
“I’m really proud of winning the championship. We led the points from opening night and never looked back. There might not have been a ton of cars at the beach this year, but the cars that were there are top shelf stuff. I wanted to be able to say I’m a NASCAR Home tracks champion.” – Craig Kamrath
“Everybody thinks that we just got lucky with those guys being protested and disqualified, but we went through a lot of stuff ourselves. Four weeks in, we blew the bellhousing; we blew the tranny at Sauble, we had a crash, I pulled off one night – we went through a lot of stuff this year, too. To be even be close enough to be in reach – I was driving a borrowed car the last few nights, a car that wasn’t even an eighth of a car that we ran most of the nights. To be able to battle through all of that and still be close enough to have a chance and get it, it’s a season we won’t forget – that’s for sure.” – Cameron McGlashan
“The most memorable night would probably be the night that we made contact with the wall on the start after hitting the large amount of fuel that was dumped onto the track, preventing us from stopping or turning. My dad (Rino) and brother (Nic) and everyone else in the pits that helped get my car out before we went green again was amazing! After that. I was at the back and had nowhere else to go except for up! So that’s where we went! I believe I finished third that race with a very loose car and mis-aligned front suspension. But we made it work and drove the wheels off of it!” – Daniel Montanari
“No matter how well you run, there’s always going to be someone smarter or faster; learn from them and use what you learn to make yourself better.” – Samantha Shaw
“She was always on me about not working my life away and that it’s only so long, you need to enjoy it when you have it. It’s no secret that I overwork myself at times but I learned a hard lesson in life. Sadly, it took my mom and dad’s passing to realize that. The year my mom past it was up and down and I had a work injury that put me on the sidelines for a little, which kinda took away everything I cared for. That’s not a great feeling. So I somehow came up with the idea that a mini stock car would give me something to care about and work towards. So from then on, it was definitely an uphill battle but I made it. It’s a love hate relationship though.” – Tyler Seaboyer
Try to ignore the negative. Whether that be people, comments or opinion, don’t listen. Love yourself for who you are and don’t change for anyone. The people who are true to you will accept you for you, which in turn goes with surrounding yourself with the right people. Hang around those who see the greatness in you even when you don’t see it within yourself. Also try and have a positive mindset. What you feed your mind with, will shape you.
Lastly, do not be a bystander. Stick up for those who are struggling, because you are aware of how it feels to have no one. They need someone just like you did. Remember it is good to open up and talk about your problems. Search for help when you feel unsafe and be open with your parents about what is going on. They love you and will support you more than anyone else. – Taylor Thring