After spending the entirety of the 2014 season competing exclusively throughout the Midwestern United States with the ARCA/CRA Super Series, former OSCAAR Super Late Model Tour champion Brandon Watson has announced he will return to Ontario to follow the APC United Late Model Series in 2015.
The third-generation competitor made 11 starts with the ARCA/CRA Super Series in 2014, resulting in 4 top-10s with a season-high finish of fourth at Anderson Speedway (IN) in April.
“We learned a ton racing with the ARCA/CRA Super Series last year,” explains Watson. “I’m not sure there’s another Super Late Model tour on the planet that has that level of talent on a regular basis”
“When you race against teams that are that well prepared, it really helps you improve your own program,” continues the 21-year old. “We were able to take a look at what was working for other guys and apply it back to our own team. It was an awesome experience”
For 2015, Watson’s family-run operation has decided to stay close to their Stayner, Ontario home and follow the upstart APC United Late Model Series.
The 8-race Pro Late Model tour will visit speedways across Ontario, with a pair of visits at Delaware Speedway and Sunset Speedway along with single appearances at Flamboro Speedway, Sauble Speedway and Peterborough Speedway.
“I’m excited to come home and be a part of what [United Late Model Series promoter] Luke Ramsay is doing,” says Watson. “Ontario hasn’t had a Pro Late Model tour in almost a decade, and it feels like this new series is going to breathe new life into the division”
“We’ve been concentrating on our Super Late Model program the last few years, first with OSCAAR and then with the CRA Super Series, so I’m excited to get back in our Pro Late Model. The tour’s definitely going to attract some deep fields, and I look forward to racing with them all summer.”
Although the team will concentrate primarily on their Pro Late Model effort, Watson is quick to point out that he still hopes to make select Super Late Model appearances throughout the season.
“We’re a small team and it’s tough to make the financial commitment to follow the same schedule that we did last season,” explains Watson, “but we still hope to race in a handful of CRA Super Series shows if we can find some sponsorship. We’re going to go to Toledo [Speedway] in April, and if that works out, we’ll see how many dates we can add to our schedule.”
-By Spencer Lewis, Speed51.com Regional Editor (Canada and West Coast) – Twitter: @itsspencerlewis
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