MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — After winning the 2018 Sunset Speedway St. Onge Recreation Super Stock Championship, Coltin Everingham will be right in the thick of things once again.
“My biggest thought is trying to carry the momentum from last year, see if we can do with what we left off with last year in winning some races, staying consistent, and staying out of trouble,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo. “It’s about seeing if we’re there at the end.”
Knowing what it takes to win a championship now, Everingham wants to remain consistent with top-five’s on a weekly basis.
“Feature wins are nice, but as long as you have the top-fives and consistency, it means more than wins,” he commented. “I’m just going to have to do what I did last year, in being confident in my driving style and working on the car to make sure everything is in tip-top shape for every Saturday night.”
Everingham knows he won’t have it easy, as several of his top-tier competitors will be back this season as well.
“It’s remarkable how good the super stock division has evolved the last several years,” he said. “Guys like Brandon Passer, Justin Holmes – I’m not sure if he’s coming back this year – but all the top-tier guys like (Gerrit) Tiemersma. It’s going to be good. We’re going to be racing all year against this caliber of guys, so I’m excited for it and ready to get after it.”
While the focus will be on Sunset Speedway, Everingham also hopes to travel some throughout the summer, noting that he’d like get to Autodrome St. Eustache a couple times this year to rack up more points towards the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division II Championship.
There is also a possibility that you will see him racing at Jukasa Motor Speedway, Peterborough Speedway, Flamboro Speedway, and potentially Sauble Speedway. There may even be an interesting twist in his season plans, with him entering the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup race at Sunset Speedway.
“As many races as we are able to do this year, we’re going to do it,” he added.
Last year, Everingham was consistent on a weekly basis, as he scored 10 feature top-five’s and 14 feature top-10’s, with an average finish of 4.21 on record at season’s end. That said, the championship battle still came down to the last night with the points gap within five point at year’s end, as the top-four remained close throughout the season.
“It was tough,” Everingham admitted. “I didn’t realize how tough it was going to be until near the end of the year. Like the last four or five races, the points gap was – I was second in points, 10 points behind Stefan Semeraro, and it ended up coming down to a tie with most feature wins, which is how I was able to get it.
“But it was a tough battle all year. There was a lot of pressure towards the end of the year, even though I tried to minimize that and tried to get rid as much pressures as I could. It was very difficult, but it was a great year overall. There wasn’t too many big wrecks, and the car stayed in one piece so we were able to work on it set-up wise to get it better.”
Despite his family having been involved in racing for three generations now, it marks the first title for the Everingham family.
“It’s pretty sweet,” Everingham said. “I was the first driver in my family between my dad, my Popa, my grandpa to win a championship. What they were doing back then and what I’m doing now is so different as the cars have evolved so much, but it is pretty cool to be able to bring home a championship to the Everingham stable while having my dad, my mom and Popa there to support me every Saturday.”