After showing a lot of promise in his rookie APC Series campaign, Danny Benedict will head into this weekend at Jukasa Motor Speedway not knowing what to expect.
“We didn’t get a chance to test there this year, so with all the changes we made in the winter, we’re just hoping to keep our nose clean and learn a little for 2021,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “I worked a lot this offseason with Graham from GTA Racing Designs, and I’m really excited to see our hard work come together. We work really well together, and I think we can be definitely be successful.”
While hoping to learn, Benedict will be surrounded by the right people, as the entry list for this weekend boasts some of the biggest name in Pro Late Model competition.
“Luke Ramsay and his guys have done an incredible job building this series,” Benedict commented. “The competition is second to none and I think it’s only going to get better. It’s unfortunate that the pandemic has set them back, but I think 2021 will be a record year for the series.”
Looking at Canada’s Crown Jewel, Benedict notes the size of track in relation to the other facilities on the schedule presents a challenge.
“Last year we struggled with finding balance, but we learned a lot,” he commented. “I think this year we’ll be closer right out of the gate, and hopefully with some adjustments we can be competitive.”
As noted, Benedict has been strong in Pro Late Model competition to date, placing eighth in the series standings last year with six top-10 finishes, including a runner-up at Sauble Speedway.
“I think the biggest thing I learned last year was how to adapt to different tracks,” Benedict reflected. “We’ve never really traveled much with our Late Model program, so going to a new track every week was new to us. Last year I was constantly guessing on how to set the car up. Now that I have a note book and some driving experience, I’ll hopefully be able to find a good balanced setup at every track. “
Beyond Jukasa Motor Speedway this weekend, the series is set to head to Sauble, followed by Flamboro Speedway, before returning to Canada’s Crown Jewel. Right now, Benedict admits with the purse cuts, they’re not sure if they will be able to run all four events, having only secured sponsorship for the first two races.
“I love going to Sauble beach so that’s definitely one place I can’t wait to get to,” he added. “It just seems to fit my driving style.”
During the pandemic, it is worth noting Benedict hasn’t stayed away from racing, but rather heading to Brighton Speedway and helping Dan Price with his car.
“It’s such a different world and it was cool to learn some new stuff,” he commented. “Other than that we’ve done a lot of work around my parents farm, and I’ve been busy at work.”
Be sure to tune into www.GForceTV.net on Saturday, August 8 to watch the action from Jukasa Motor Speedway live.