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Donovan Price Pleased with Lessons Learned Throughout 2018

Starting off the season with a brand new car, Donovan Price feels he had a successful season at Peterborough Speedway in 2018.

“I knew I wasn’t running a full schedule but wanted to have some fun,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “I had a few bad nights and a few good nights running in top-10, but in the end I learnt a lot about this car and will be prepared for 2019. So in my eyes, it was a success.”

Although he had a lot of fun at his home track, he said the highlight of the year would be the Short Track Nationals at Jukasa Motor Speedway and partaking in the $5,000-to win Super Stock opener.

“What an amazing track,” he commented. “But there was also other good things that happened, like getting my first top-10 the second night in the new car was pretty cool, and my brother (Dan Price) was spotting for me as well.”

Putting the lessons that he learned to good use, Price feels with some fining and upgrades, he will be where he needs for next year.

“I have been in talks with Scott Shaw to come up with a plan for the car,” he added. “I am hopping to come out in 2019 faster and better.”

Making sure he is at the top of the game will be critical, especially if he returns to Peterborough Speedway full-time with the depth of the Super Stock division currently. While the spotlight may not always shine on the patch, Price feels it is currently underrated compared to the rest of the province.

“On any given night, anyone can win and it’s close hard racing,” he said. “If you aren’t ready for that, you will find yourself in the rear of the pack.”

Price will certainly partake in some races at his home track, but it may not be the only destination. As of right now, his plans for 2019 are “not set in stone yet,” as he explores options in trying other tracks with only Jukasa locked down once again.

For Price, he got his start in racing crewing for his brother Dan Price at Mosport Raceway.

“We had no idea what we where doing at first,” Price commented. “After his first season, I couldn’t watch anymore and bought a thunder car and raced it two years at Mosport, then got a modified raced them on and off for 2 years. 15 yrs later, I’m still doing it racing anything from
Legends to Late Models, Super Stocks, and Mini Stocks.”

Looking through his career, he says the most memorable moment was the feature victory he was able to score in his mini stock with having his kids and girlfriend there that night.

“I have won features before but this one will always be my favourite,” he said.

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