In 2020, he made his first serious venture into Super Late Model racing in the region, but lacked the funds to continue gaining experience.
2021 has already been a season of accomplishment for LeBlanc who started the year with a Mini Stock during the New Year’s Bash at Dillon Motor Speedway in South Carolina, and is currently atop the Northeast Mini Stock Tour points.
Now he has gotten his big break on the eight-cylinder side. A chance to compete for the Brown family in their No. 47 SLM this Saturday’s 150-lap Pro All Stars event at White Mountain Motorsports park in New Hampshire. Lately, he has made frequent trips to Dale Shaw Racecars, working with Dale and DJ Shaw, as well as the 2018 Oxford Plains SLM champion Gabe Brown to dial things in.
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“It’s pretty crazy, I’ve been thinking about the last couple of weeks now that it’s getting close, I’m getting excited. Spending more time at Dale’s getting the car ready, getting it fitted, and setup for me. It seems like it’s getting real, hopefully we can go up there and have a good night,” LeBlanc told Speed51.
The one race deal has long been in the making, with hard work at the track, and friendship both at and away from the track.
“Gabe and I have become good friends that last few years, now we’re best friends, we talk every day. We got in touch two years ago, I started doing tires for him down in Richmond, and I kind of worked with him when I had my schedule clear to do tires. I just couldn’t help regularly, so I just helped when I could, and created a good friendship. We made a little deal, it was a cheaper way for me to get back in a Super Late Model for a race, and have that caliber of equipment. It was something I couldn’t pass up.”
While LeBlanc has some confidence behind the wheel of a Super Late Model, he is looking forward to finally having the opportunity to wheel a SLM with proper resources and funding, as well as an experienced crew.
“We ran nine races with Granite State and one PASS race last year, the plan was to run full Granite State, but we were just so underfunded and inexperienced that it made it so difficult for us. Finally having all the resources with the car, crew, Dale Shaw Racecars; again it’s an opportunity you can’t pass. I have a lot of confidence with myself too.”
In addition, White Mountain is also LeBlanc’s home track.
White Mountain is home, I started as a kid in a pickup truck there in 2003, and that’s how I cut my teeth in racing. I’ve won a Four-Cylinder championship there in 2014. I mostly jumped between there and Riverside Speedway in Groveton during my career. That’s why I chose it, that’s where I am the most comfortable. I wanted a track I was comfortable on and there’s no place like White Mountain.
As for what he wants to accomplish Saturday night, LeBlanc is focused on being able to hang with the champions of PASS and bring home the No. 47 in one piece.
“I want to compete, that’s the biggest thing. I felt like when I went there last year I was a back marker. But again, I was so inexperienced in the Super Late Model game it made it so difficult. Some of these guys like Ben Rowe, Johnny Clark, and DJ Shaw have been in it for such a long time that it’s hard to compete with them. If I can just be competitive and run in the pack with them, which I believe I can do with a car like this, that will be good day.”
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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