ACTON, ON- With defending Super Stock champion Cayden Lapcevich preoccupied with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series’ event at Autodrome Chaudiere this weekend, reigning Mini Stock champion Brandon McFerran has been tabbed to fill in for ‘The Prodigy’ in his first career division start.
“When Cayden called and offered me the ride, I think I almost dropped the phone,” laughs McFerran. “I mean, is there a better Super Stock ride in the province right now? I feel like someone just gave me a golden ticket. This is going to be an amazing learning experience”
The 16-year old has limited experience in a car heavier than the Ford Mustang he piloted to a Mini Stock championship in 2014, though he anticipates a steep learning curve in June 13th’s 30-lap Super Stock event.
“We’ve been running Steve Perry’s dirt Super Stock on Friday nights, so I have a little bit of experience when it comes to handling a heavier car,” explains ‘The Astronaut’. “With that being said, dirt and asphalt are so different that I’m sure this is going to feel like I’m starting all over again”
“This is one of the best divisions anywhere. I’m not sure there’s anyone that would argue that,” continues the third-generation star. “From Randy Rusnell to Lane Zardo and all the ludicrously talented guys in between, there’s not a lot of room for error out there. We’re going to have to work for every spot – and I’m well aware of that heading in”
With no experience in the Lapcevich entry entering Saturday’s event, McFerran is quick to explain the team will be looking to utilize their time on track wisely.
“We’re going to be squeezing everything we can out of the afternoon practices, that’s for sure,” smiles the fan-favourite. “These guys have been perfecting their programs for years, and we’re getting ready to jump into the deep end of the pool with both feet”
McFerran goes on to explain that a change in driving style may be necessary, as he acclimates himself to the much heavier Super Stock.
“Adjusting to the car is going to be the task at hand. I can’t drive it like a Mini Stock. This car has a lot more power – the entire attitude and handling is different. Cayden’s been awesome the last few days with giving me pointers on what to keep an eye out for. We’ll come out Saturday and see what we can do. Hopefully, by the time it’s all said and done, we can do the No. 76 justice and get it to the front of the field.”
Brandon McFerran’s Super Stock debut will carry sponsorship from Tim Hortons,Castrol, Cathcart Trucking, Springers Meats, EPIC Racewear, Troy Cove Marine, 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)