In what was supposed to be his first full season in the APC United Late Models Series, Pete Shepherd has spent most of the year sitting on the sidelines – as action was postponed with the pandemic.
However, a couple weeks, the series officials came together with three tracks across the province to put together a four-race campaign, beginning this weekend at Jukasa Motor Speedway.
“Happy we get to go racing,” Shepherd told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “It’s a great spot to start at. Everyone at APC and Jukasa have done an awesome job at bringing everything together so quickly. I think it will be a very competitive field.”
The entry list currently boasts 32 drivers, including a majority of the Pro Late Model front runners and past track and series champions.
“APC does such a great job at making sure they attract the best of the best and it would be hard to find a more competitive series in North America,” Shepherd commented. “I credit that to all the work they put into it and all the racers that show up to every event and make the events exciting.”
Being able to run up front can prove difficult, so having the right set-up will be critical for everybody in the field. Shepherd notes that may not be as easy as you may think, due to the track being very forgiving and high speeds.
“The key is to make sure your car does what you want it to on old tires to make sure you have race car left after the first 50 laps,” he added.
Following this weekend at Canada’s Crown Jewel, the series will head to Sauble Speedway, followed by Flamboro Speedway, before returning to Jukasa once again.
“ They are two tracks that I haven’t had a lot of time on recently,” Shepherd commented in relation to the other facilities. “Flamboro is a place where I started my career so I am excited for the challenge to dig in and get all I can out of these short track races.”
Prior to the schedule being put together, APC Series put together a mini iRacing series with the drivers and officials involved, in which Shepherd says he wished his experience would have gone better.
“It’s difficult to get good at iRacing in a short time unless you are constantly practicing,” he commented. “I use sim racing as a tool to get better at specific places, but I never spent enough time to be as competitive as others. That being said, it was a lot of fun and well executed by APC.”
Aside from the iRacing festivities, he admits things have been quiet with the current restrictions in place.
“My wife and I are quiet the travelers so the pandemic has really isolated us in regards to travel and work,” he commented. “But we have gotten things done around the house and planning for the future when things open up again!”
Be sure to tune into http://www.GForceTV.net on Saturday, August 8 to watch the action from Jukasa Motor Speedway live.