STAYNER, ON- A winner of 9 OSCAAR tour events over the past 2 seasons, Brandon Watson’s comfort level behind the wheel of a Super Late Model has never been higher. Which is why, during the 48th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, the 20-year old will make his divisional debut at New Smyrna Speedway.
“We’ve had a lot of success at New Smyrna in the past, racing a Pro Late Model”, explained Watson. “But the Super [Late Model] is a completely different animal. It’s certainly going to take some getting used to, but our team is up to the challenge”.
Watson last competed at New Smyrna in 2012, where he completed the World Series mini-season with an impressive 3 top-5s in 6 starts. While a World Series championship was at the top of the team’s priorities 2 seasons ago, Watson stressed his goals are different this time.
“We won’t be competing for the overall championship this season. Our first night will be Monday. So instead of points racing, all we have to worry about is trying to get to the front”.
Despite New Smyrna’s fearsome reputation as being hard on both drivers and their equipment, Watson insists he’s not concerned about equipment preservation.
“New Smyrna is a fast track, things happen there in a hurry. The secret is just respecting your competition and hope they give you the same respect. At the end of the day, no one is happy with a pile of wrecked racecars”.
Watson joins a Super Late Model roster that already boasts a bevy of Canadian talent, including fellow OSCAAR tour winner Dwayne Baker, Alberta standout Denver Foran and K&N East Series regular Cameron Hayley.
Brandon’s father Tim will fill the role of Crew Chief for the team’s 5 night effort. The Hamke by Brian MacDonald chassis will carry marketing support from Royal Distributing, Shear Metal Products, Barrie Frame & Alignment and Knightworks Design.
by Spencer Lewis