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Gary Triska Ready to Keep Improving in 2019 Pro Sprint Season

As new faces join the Living Lighting Canada OSCAAR Pro Sprint ranks, a bunch of the familiar drivers can still be spotted throughout the pits. One of those is Gary Triska.

“My thoughts going into this year are to prove that I am able to be competitive each and every week,” he said. “The team, my dad and I, have been working extremely hard over the off season to make 2019 memorable.”

Triska was able to show speed throughout last season, scoring 10 top-10 finishes, highlighted by a fifth at Flamboro Speedway.

“The program last year was decent,” Triska reflected. “We showed we could be fast, but this year we are trying to be consistent every week.”

If his team can put everything together, Triska hopes to place in the top-five in the year-end Pro Sprint Standings, with a possible feature or heat win. It’s also no surprise based on last year’s results that he feels the victory is most likely to happen at Flamboro Speedway.

“That is our strongest track,” he commented. “It seems like we do well there every time we go there.”

Triska knows the challenge that lies ahead of him won’t be easy, given the roster of drivers ahead of him.

“The competition of the pro sprints is tough,” he commented. “There is a lot of good equipment as well as talent in this series.”

For Triska, he believes the five drivers to watch other than himself this year would be Daniel Hawn, James Stanley, Jaden Riddell, Ryan Battilana, and Rob Summers.

For Triska, he got his start in racing when he was 16-years-old, building a bone stock to race at Delaware Speedway with his dad.

“We raced that for a couple of years then moved onto racing in their weekly series – the truck division,” he recalled. “After we sold all are equipment for that, we purchased this Pro Sprint we are in now.”

Looking through his career to date, Triska says the top-five last year at Flamboro Speedway stands out above the rest.

“My most memorable moment to date would be placing top 5 one event at flamboro as we put on a great double header show,” he said. “I have to thank my family and my team for all their hard work. My dad Tim as the head mechanic and crew chief, my beautiful wife Jordan, and my beautiful daughter Nova. If it wasn’t for them, we would just be watching.”

By: Ashley McCubbin

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