Following a 2015 season that saw his family-run team claim the inaugural APC United Late Model Series championship – competing at speedways across his native Ontario – third-generation racer Dale Shaw will celebrate the accomplishment with a trip to Hickory Motor Speedway for this weekend’s CARS Super Late Model Tour sanctioned Liberty University 300.
The 21-year old claimed a win and six top-10s en route to topping the province-wide tour, battling back some of the top short trackers in Canada for the honor of calling himself the first ever APC Series champion.
“This weekend is all about celebrating everything we accomplished in 2015,” says Shaw of the decision to make the 12+ hour haul to Hickory. “It was a big season for our team, and I couldn’t think of any better way to cap it off than to make our CARS debut at Hickory and run with some of the best drivers in the Southeast. We’re gonna go out and have fun – and try and sneak up on some big names”
When asked how competitive his family-owned Pro Late Model will be whilst racing alongside some of the premiere Super Late Model teams in the country, Shaw explains that although his team has done everything that can to try and maximize their rides potential, no questions will be answered until his No. 83 hits the track for practice.
“We prepared as much as we could to bridge the gap between the guys that will be there in their natural Super Late Models and our Pro Late Model,” shrugs Shaw. “But, obviously, we’ve never been there before. So, only time will tell. But I have all the confidence in the world, as far as our equipment and our team go”
“Hickory is a rough, rough racetrack – which is exactly my kind of place,” continues the personable up-and-comer. “I’m imagining it to be a lot like Delaware (ON) Speedway. We run really well at Delaware – I would go so far as saying it’s probably my best track. So hopefully Hickory ends up being pretty similar”
And although the weekend’s trip was planned as a form of celebration for a job well done in 2015, Shaw is making sure to leave the door wide open on the potential for a repeat trip to the Southeast.
“Running with the caliber of competition is the dream of just about anyone with a Late Model at home,” smiles the former weekly Late Model standout. “I’m excited to hit the road with our team. This whole experience is going to be a blast. And, who knows, if we can make a good impression and have fun, maybe we’ll make a few more appearances next season.”
-By Spencer Lewis, Speed51.com Canadian Editor – Twitter: @itsspencerlewis
-Photo Credit: Thompson Photography