Sometimes when you stick a microphone in front of a driver’s face, you have no clue what they may say and a couple of times you’ll hear something that surprises you or gives you a bit of a perspective.
Throughout the 2020 season, I had the opportunity to speak to a bunch of different competitors. During those interviews, there were some quotes that stood out. So it seems only fitting we take a glance back through the year at what was said.
“Definitely after the red flag, I didn’t think the racing was going to be like that. I definitely felt like he used me up more than he should have. It’s just a matter of respect thing for me. Earlier in the race, we touched and I feel like he got into me, I got into him, and we could move on. The last bit of racing is a little more dirtier than I want to do and unfortunately, it is what it is and that’s the way racing goes sometimes at these short tracks. Hopefully we can get past it and move on.” – Jo Lawrence
“Definitely mine was kind of a racing, trying to get the win. I didn’t wreck him, put him up into the wall – just used up more than my lane, which is a common thing, in short track racing.. Unfortunately, getting spun out on a straightaway is a little tougher deal. But if he thinks that’s okay, that’s his thoughts. Unfortunately, we’ve got a wrecked racecar and at Jukasa, we’ll see what happens.” – Brandon Watson
“Mike McColl was working with me and wanted to make a change and I said, ‘Don’t go so far’ and I actually regret it as we would’ve been spot on,” he commented. “That’s the fine line. It looks like a big difference when you’re behind the leader by three quarters of a straightaway, but all it takes is a little bit every corner and that evaporates. Like I said, I just had to pedal it a little too much and couldn’t get the speed off the corners because I was too free, but it was overall a good day. Kept the car clean and now I can make it faster next race.” – Pete Shepherd
“The APC series has proven time and time again that it is one of the top series in Ontario. All the drivers in the series have a lot of talent, and many have been around for years. These guys always put on an incredible race at Sauble too, so with it being my home track as well, I think it’s a great choice for my debut in the series!” – Wally Wilson
“I think the biggest thing I learned last year was how to adapt to different tracks. 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. “ – Danny Benedict
“The biggest thing I’ve learned is how hard you can really drive the pro late models. You really have to drive these cars deep into the corners and it’s definitely not what I expected when I first started racing them!” – Carson Nagy
“The competition keeps growing more and more each year. I think a lot of people underestimate how much talent and hard working people there are in our sport in Ontario.” – Josh Stade
“It is the place (Flamboro Speedway) I have the most laps at. I know it is a tight, one lane track and it is notoriously tough in a late model but running somewhere familiar will be exciting. If we can secure some more funding, trying to get to one of the rounds at Jukasa will be my top priority. I have always wanted to race there.” – Erik Della Riva