Flamboro Speedway

2020 Late Model Silly Season Synopsis

Between the regular Limited Late Model program, to the Pro Late Model program at Flamboro Speedway and the continued growth of the APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour, it seems that racing is healthy across the province no matter where you look,

Here are some competitors who have openly discussed their 2020 plans as of February 26, 2020.

After a demanding schedule last season across the province in 2019, Brandon Feeney is taking a step back this coming campaign.

“Due to lack of funding, we will be running a partial late model scheduled at various different tracks, just chasing wins and experience,” he commented.

His schedule will see him splitting time between his home track of Peterborough Speedway, while traveling up to Sunset Speedway.

Jade Franklin is set to chase a championship, as he will be driving the No. 3 Eldon Wallis-owned Spencer-Walt Motorsports entry full-time at Sunset Speedway in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Limited Late Model division.

“I think this season will be a lot of fun,” Franklin said. “Going into 2020, I think we will have a good shot at running up front. After running at Sunset full time in the past and running a couple seasons in the APC (Series), I have some experience with the track and driving a late model, so I think if we put everything we know into this year we will be great!”

Spencer-Walt Motorsports will once again have a two-car effort, as Rick Spencer-Walt will be back behind the wheel of his familiar No. 31 entry in hopes of scoring his second straight Sunset Speedway title.

After a successful season in 2019, Rick Burbridge is one of several drivers returning to Flamboro Speedway, ready to chase both the track and Grisdale Triple Crown Championship.

“Our primary goal for 2020 is to finish all the races,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “Keeping all four wheels on the car each week is key to surviving the season on a fairly limited budget. Secondary goals would be to try to win two or more weekly features and to finish top-five in each of the Grisdale Triple Crown races.”

In addition to his home track endeavors, Burbridge stated that depending on the team’s budget they may add a couple APC races at Flamboro and Sunset (Speedway) “if we’re running well and have some extra money in the bank account.”

After a solid rookie campaign in the APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour, it’s no surprise that Danny Benedict and his team have been putting in the work to be even stronger in 2020.

“Our main focus this off-season has been our APC car,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “With the rules changing in the series this year, we made some major changes to our chassis thanks to Dan McHattie Race Cars and GTA Racing Design. I’m very excited to hit the track and see how it all works.

“Although we haven’t forgotten about our LLM program, we’re definitely dialing back a little this year. Last season was tough as a small team to prepare two cars every week, and our performance sometimes suffered because of it. This year our main focus is the APC series, but you’ll still see the (No.) 54 car at Sunset and Peterborough a handful of times.”

The APC Series growth continues, as Pete Shepherd revealed his intentions to run the full schedule, set to drive the No. 22 for Jamie Cox Racing.

“Being a proud London native and being able represent the APC brand means a lot to me,” he said per the press release. “We began working on this deal around Christmas time with the team from APC and all of our expectations aligned.  I feel like there was instant chemistry and I am grateful for the opportunity to take over the wheel of the #22 Late Model.  Jamie Cox is a classy individual and a great racer, so I have big shoes to fill and I am very excited about it!”   

If you’re a driver and want to have your plans listed in the Silly Season guide, please get a hold of Short Track Musing’s Ashley McCubbin immediately to do so. 

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