As the presenting sponsor of Speed51.com’s The Morning Bullring for the month of June, Hyperco ran a contest and gave away a free set of racing springs. It was opento any driver in North America, and drivers could easily enter by interacting about the company on social media. The winner of the contest springs was announced Monday morning on The Morning Bullring.
Canadian Pro Late Model racer Patrick Freel was announced as the winner of the contest and he joined the show as a guest to talk about Hyperco and what’s going on in his racing career. As a driver who has always used Hypercoils, entering the contest was a no-brainer.
“They’re always consistent. We never have a night at the track where we worry about the springs letting us down. Ever since we switched to Hypercoils it’s been good for us, always consistent, never doubted them. When I found out about this contest, I thought hey, what’s a better way to put another set of Hypercoils on the car than to win it.”
The London, Ontario driver currently competes in the APC United Late Model Series, where he sits 16th in series points. As the family-owned team continues to navigate their third season in a Pro Late Model, they continue to learn more and more each time out.
“It’s been an up-and-down year for our team, but every week we keep getting better and better,” he said. “It seems to be building; every race we go to, we learn more and more. It’s all new to me still, three years into this. We’re moving forward and there’s big things to come, I feel. We work hard every week at the track and at home in the shop.”
Freel will compete in the APC United Late Model Series 100-lap race at Jukasa Motor Speedway on Thursday night in what is the final tune-up before the Canadian Short Track Nationals. The ownership group and track general manager Alex Nagy have invested time and money into what was once known as Cayuga Speedway, making it into “Canada’s Crown Jewel.” Freel talked about what Nagy and his group have done to resurrect the Hagersville, Ontario race track.
“Words can’t describe the feeling, how much they’ve put into that facility, how much they do just around this event,” he said. “Just this Thursday night, you’ve got Kenny Wallace who’s joining us for the APC event. A hundred laps on the night and we can prepare these cars ahead. Alex (Nagy) and the owners of Jukasa Motor Speedway have done a phenomenal job with that place and everything they do to promote it. Nobody down here in Canada can thank them enough.”
Freel recognizes the challenge of making it into the Canadian Short Track Nationals at the end of next month. With some of North America’s top drivers already enteredfor the $75,000 (CAD) to win race, it is set to become one of the biggest races in all of short track racing. With his new Hyperco springs, Freel has a modest goal when he heads to Jukasa on Labor Day weekend.
“I’m excited, but nervous at the same time,” he admitted. “You’ve got Bubba Pollard and those guys coming down here, they know what they’re doing. It’s a nervous moment, you’ve got to make the show with the big names and the big money on the line. I’m ready for it, so is the team. We’re just preparing, you know. Every day that goes by, I think I want to beat these guys and I want to be like them.
“The main goal is to make the race that day. Qualify in and go from there. Once we’re in the show, it’ll be a lot easier.”
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) - Twitter:@kgeyer3
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