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 2018 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.
“My thoughts entering the race season is to run consistent, make sure my car leaves the track in one piece the same way it came there, and have some fun. I want to learn everything I can about the Pro Sprints. I’m a new driver so I just want to get seat time. I’m hoping I am a natural so I can eventually run with the Modifieds, and I’m excited to run all the tracks because they will all be a first. But I would honestly say the best track out there would be a tossup between Kawartha and Jukasa. We have purchased all the equipment needed to be top runners and hopefully we will make a name out there in the short track scene.” – Raymond Anthony
“I think from the shows we put on last year, the crowds, and track owners see how superior we are to the other series (we all know which I am referring to). We generally have everyone finish races and not have carnage every night we race. A lot of racers may look at them like some kind of toy, but I think we surprised a lot of people with how fast these cars run and crashing hurts just as much. Also, we seem to be gaining interest from USA tracks and racers as well, which is fantastic. It is unfortunate that Canada does not really support any type of racing programs to the level they have in the USA. You can race just about anything there on any given night. We are headed in the right direction for sure. We have a lot of talented drivers, which makes for the fast, clean racing that the fans like to see. Everyone puts a lot of hard work into their cars, to make sure they are ready to race each week, and we all help each other to make sure we can continue to race at the track if we break. It is nice to be able to do something we all love each weekend without having a huge investment tied up.” – Steve Belfry
“We started very strong this year, and it was an amazing season. It became more of a challenge to keep that first place in points especially near the end of the season.” – Jordan Hannah
“I think personally that when I came in second to Jordan all those races at the start of the year, it made me a better driver. It also helped me learn the car; I would change everything to try and squeeze those last few tenths out of her.” – Daniel Hawn
My biggest lesson this year was just to be patient. I needed to keep in my head the fact that I was a rookie and that I wasn’t going out to win everything. I just focused on being consistent and taking my time. I knew if I just ran a clean race I could come out mid-pack so that’s what I did. – Brody Rickwood
“I think this season is going to be a huge year for the pro sprints, with a lot more crate engines coming out and I believe 11 new drivers, the car count will be high and the competition higher. You’ll have to be on your A game every night if you want a top 5. It will be some of the fastest, tightest, cleanest and hardest racing you’ll see this year on track.” – James Stanley
“The Pro Sprints in 2018 will put on the best show at every track we travel to. Charles and Jackie spend crazy amounts of time on the series and it’s growing really fast. I can’t thank Charles and Jackie enough for what they do to the series, and all their hard work in growing the series . 2018 will be a big year a lot of new cars and a lot more drivers then 2017.” – Gary Triska
“When we did, we won the rest of the season after that actually. I worked and worked and tore apart my car every week trying to get a little more speed. (A huge thanks to Mack Deman for helping me understand how these midget cars work) and then we just found the perfect match of shocks and springs and percentages after tons of work, even the gearing plays a huge part. We spent tons of money on shocks and spring and gears to get to what we have now.” – Daniel Hawn