ACTON, ON- Reigning and defending Sunset Speedway Mini Stock champion Brandon McFerran will enter the penultimate event on the Sunset Speedway schedule second in the chase for the 2015 championship. ‘The Astronaut’ is only 9 points removed from current leader Doug Butler, and knows that his current hopes for back-to-back division titles rest on his ability to wheel his familiar No. 64 to the front of the field this Saturday night.
“This is the time of the year where every single decision that you make means a little bit more,” explains a solemn McFerran. “You’re weighing pros and cons from the time the trailer door comes down right to the moment you pull out of the pits at the end of the night. You’re trying to make the right adjustment, you’re trying to make the right move on the track. And you know that if you have a misstep – even a small one – it could sink your season in a hurry”
The Acton, ON-based driver is one of 5 drivers with a strong mathematical chance at the championship with only two weeks remaining in the season.
“There’s a lot of respect amongst the top 6 or 7 guys on this roster,” says McFerran when asked if the climate on-track will change as the championship hunt intensifies.
“We all know what it takes to keep these cars on the racetrack and all know the amount of effort necessary to keep them running at the front of the field. Because of that, I don’t expect anyone to run me any different in these last two nights of racing. I mean, it’s going to be tough as hell to pick up a spot if you’re trying to come through the field – but it’s been like that right from opening night”
“No one within striking distance of this championship has gotten here by accident,” continues the well-spoken high-school student. “There isn’t a single guy in this top-5 that unloaded in May and just lucked his way through this entire season. If you want to be in the conversation here, you have to work your absolute heart out for it. And that’s what every single one of us has done”
“There’s a reason people call this the best Mini Stock division in the province – and that’s because every single car in this pit area is so tough to beat”
McFerran has hinted as of late that the 2016 season could see his team concentrate their efforts outside of the Mini Stock division. If that comes to fruition, it’s clear that the third-generation competitor aims to leave Mini Stock racing at the top of his class.
“I want more than anything to win this championship. We’ve put a lot of hours into this program and I know that it’s good enough to beat these teams. No matter what happens, I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished in the last two years, but a second straight track championship would just be like a dream come true. I’m not sure if we’re going to have another chance to do this again, so I wanna leave my mark on the division while I still have the chance.”
For information on Sunset Speedway’s September 5th event visit www.SunsetSpeedway.ca.
Brandon McFerran is proud to carry sponsorship from Peter D. Laird Transport, Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park, Road Ranger, East End Car Wash, B&B Towing, Creative Edge Graphics, Finish Line Painting & Restoration, DS McClure Farms, AMD Electric, Ultimate Finishes and Matalco.
To learn more about Brandon, visit the official Brandon McFerran Racing page on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter @BrandonMcFerran.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)