A last-minute decision to compete in the APC United Late Model Series Spectra Premium 100 paid off for Brandon Watson Saturday night at Delaware Speedway. The Stayner, Ontario native dashed the hopes of a few hometown heroes to score his second consecutive series victory.
Saturday’s race thrilled the fans with intense battles, not only for the win, but for positions throughout the field. Shae Gemmell and Jakes Sheridan rounded out the podium, just as they did the week prior at Jukasa Motor Speedway in the Prelude to the Nationals.
Although Watson doesn’t run regularly in any series, including the APC series, he always impresses the crowd when he shows up to an event. His victory in the Spectra Premium 100 was the 14th career victory with the APC Series.
“I think we definitely had a good car. We struggled a little bit at the start, loose again. We were able to hold on to it, our loose faded away as the night came in, the cold came in,” Watson told Speed51.com. “We were able to get the car tightened up a little bit, fortunately for us it came in at the end. We stayed up there most of the race, top five. We were able to get to second the last 25 laps, and around 20 laps or so we were able to get inside the three and didn’t look back.”
In last week’s post-race interview Watson mentioned that he would be competing in Toledo, Ohio the following week. Although he still plans to compete in Sunday’s ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Toledo Speedway, that didn’t stop him from attending Saturday’s event with the APC Series.
“This was another last-minute thing for us,” he said. “It was a rain out that was scheduled earlier for Toledo. We were always going to go to that. Hopefully we have some good luck there. This was a last-minute thing and fortunately for us it all came together.”
As Watson isn’t currently running for points in the APC series, due to running a part-time schedule, his team helped fellow racer Ryan Kimball who had mechanical problems.
“Not positive, I think they had a clutch problem,” Watson said. “They just came over and asked, we’re not in it for points this year, unfortunately we missed a few races at the start. We happily agreed; we’re happy to get him some points and come away with another win, hopefully we can keep it going for tomorrow.”
As a lot of people mentioned leading up to stop four at Delaware Speedway, the race track is known as a driver’s track. Although a tricky track to maneuver, Watson was able to get the job done.
“It’s definitely a track of its own. The two corners are totally different, not a lot of grip in three and four so sometimes you’ll be good, sometimes you’ll slide up there. Especially with the angle change there, the bottom lane doesn’t have a lot of grip but sometimes you want to get down there. It’s a different track, its nothing like anything else I’ve ever raced on. It’s a lot of fun, you never know what’s going to happen. Lots of racing and rubbing going on, on this track.”
Coming up on the halfway mark of the season, Shae Gemmell led the point standings heading into Saturday’s race, with Matt Pritiko one point behind. Looking ahead on the schedule to the fifth race of the season, the APC Series will visit Flamboro Speedway, Saturday, July 13.
-Story by: Kendra Adams, Speed51.com Ontario Correspondent
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