Brian Campbell has a knack for bringing his best stuff when big money is on the line. For the second straight year, the Wyoming, Michigan driver will be making the trip across the border to the Canadian Short Track Nationals at Jukasa Motor Speedway for a shot at the largest payday in all of asphalt Late Model racing.
Campbell will be looking to build off a third-place finish in the inaugural running of the event one year ago.
Campbell joined Speed51.com’s The Morning Bullring to talk about his upcoming trip to “Canada’s Crown Jewel” event that pays a whopping $75,000 (CAD) to win. As a now-250 lap main event, he says his team is not approaching this race any different than any other race they attend, preaching the importance they put on continuity.
“You’re going to need to be on your A-game, you’re going to cross all your T’s and dot all your I’s on your race car, have everything prepared as best as you can,” Campbell said. “In our world, you really don’t change what you’re doing or think outside our normal way of thinking. We just try to stay with the status and keep going exactly the way how we do it, it’s the best way we know how to do it.”
Campbell has been nearly unstoppable in Pro Late Model racing in the United States. He is the all-time winningest driver in JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour history with 10 wins in only 16 total starts. However, he says the Canadian Short Track Nationals main event is a whole different animal with the purse increases expected in the coming years.
“Last night I was sitting there watching that race and trying to figure out how the race went, try to remember exactly my lines were and how the car felt, I had my notes in front of me,” he said. “Just trying to recap everything and make a good plan of attack for this year.
“You’re going to start seeing purpose-built cars just to go up there. Right now, we’re having to adjust our current cars,” he continued. “When it starts to get to 100and over we’re going to be building purpose-built cars just for that race, we’re goingto have to do it. That’s what it’s going to come down to when they start throwing that kind of money out there, all sorts of people will be coming. Right now, we’re still using the JEGS (CRA All-Stars Tour) cars that we use on a weekly basis.”
One of the biggest things Campbell and other American drivers had to get used to at last year’s race were small rule changes that differ between the two countries. He feels he now has a better understanding of some of the rules, but still believes he will need to get acclimated quickly during the weekend.
“Everything’s just a little bit different up there,” he said. “The way they do their rules and the way they do their lineups and the way they kind of do everything. You’ve got to get acclimated pretty quick. Our lucky dog is the free pass and it screwed some people up because they didn’t make it clear in the driver’s meeting. I
think they’ve got that solved now. Just little things like that that get a little wonky for us going up there.”
With $75,000 going to the winner and the total purse expected to grow to a million dollars in 2021, he is excited to make the trip to Canada and go after what would bethe richest win of his career. With the event growing bigger and bigger with each passing year, the Michigan driver looks forward to seeing how big the Canadian Short Track Nationals will come.
“It’s bigger and better than last year, that’s kind of my thought,” he said. “They putit out there that each year it’s going to get bigger and better and we’re looking forward to getting up there and seeing what we can do. I think $25,000 is the most I’ve ever ran for, so that’s a little chunk of change that would help us out for sure.”
Race fans who are unable to join Campbell at Jukasa Motor Speedway this weekend will be able to watch a live pay-per-view broadcast of Sunday’s race on Speed51.com. Click here to order your pay-per-view video tickets today.
Saturday’s action will also be streamed live to premium (monthly/yearly) subscribers on the Speed51 Network.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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