After a frustrating 2014 season, former OSCAAR Super Late Model Tour champion Brandon Watson will return to Super Late Model action for the first time in nearly six months at Toledo Speedway’s ARCA/CRA Super Series sanctioned ‘7-Up 100’.
Watson spent much of 2014 competing as a regular with the ARCA/CRA Super Series, but has elected to concentrate his 2015 efforts on racing closer to his Stayner, ON raceshop. Though with the Ontario season still weeks from starting, Watson will utilize his trip to Toledo as a way to find his rhythm ahead of a busy 2015 schedule.
“I think there’s a huge mental aspect to this sport,” opines Watson. “Last season, it didn’t feel as though we were able to get into a groove until late in the summer. We didn’t have the start we were hoping for, and that put us in a hole early”
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“Toledo’s a track that I really enjoy. We’ve had some awesome runs there in the past, and I think it’s the perfect facility to start our season at”
The third-generation competitor has committed to travelling through Ontario with his family-owned Pro Late Model, following the upstart APC United Late Model Series this season, but admits that a solid performance in his Super Late Model would act as an ideal confidence booster.
“A win at Toledo would mean the world to me,” admits Watson. “We struggled a lot with this car last season. I would love nothing more than to give my guys a race they can be proud of”
“We don’t have too many Super Late Model events on our schedule this season, which would make a strong run mean that much more to us”
Watson admits that, while he expects the typical opening day jitters to be present, it will be important to remain focused on the task at hand.
“I don’t think you ever stop getting nervous for opening night,” says the soft-spoken driver, with a smile.
“Our team has had a longer off-season than we’re used to, so that makes the feeling even more intense”
“Once we get to the speedway, I don’t think I’ll be thinking about it at all. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first race of the season or the fortieth – we’re there to perform. My Dad and I have been practically living in the shop, getting this car ready, and I have no doubt at all that we’re going to have a strong car on Saturday”
“Toledo’s an awesome facility, and the 7-Up 100 is a big race. A strong run here could make a big impact on our program moving forward. This is the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves what we’re capable of.”
-By Spencer Lewis, Speed51.com Canadian Editor – Twitter: @itsspencerlewis
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