STAYNER, ON- After a 4th place finish in his last APC United Late Model Series appearance at Flamboro Speedway on July 1st, Brandon Watson is eager to follow-up with a similarly impressive performance in Round 5 of the cross-province tour at Peterborough Speedway on July 18th.
“Flamboro was a strong run for us. We needed that after our mechanical problems at Delaware,” explains Watson. “Our goal for the rest of the tour is just to finish strong. We don’t dwell on the bad runs – we just look ahead to focus on what we can do to improve”
“I always look forward to going to Peterborough,” continues the soft-spoken standout. “It’s a challenge, yah. But, if you can get your car working there – it’s one of the most fun tracks in the province. Especially if you can get it rolling on the outside”
The former Autumn Colours Classic winner will look for a strong qualifying effort in time trials, with hopes of avoiding the expected mid-pack traffic jam in the 100-lap feature event.
“It’s almost a guarantee that there are going to be some cautions,” says Watson. “Peterborough can be a really tough place to pass, and it can make you impatient. When that happens – cars get tore up. Our plan is to be far away from that when it happens”
“I just want to be in the invert after qualifying. Peterborough is primarily a one-groove race track. It’s going to be hard enough making it to the front if you draw an ‘8’, but if you have to come from outside the top-10, you’re definitely in for a long night”
For Watson, the key to a solid performance at Peterborough is survival. The third-generation star aims to keep focus on the ‘big picture’, in order to be around in the race’s later stages.
“The most important thing to remember is going to be patience,” notes the young veteran. “100-laps is a long time. There’s a possibility that we might find ourselves in a bad spot on the outside. If that happens, we just have to ride it out and hope we can get back in line or catch a caution and restart on the bottom”
“The key is not to panic. That’s when stuff gets torn up. If everyone can stay calm for 100-laps, we should all be able to load these cars in one piece at the end of the night.”
Details for July 18th’s APC United Late Model Series event at Peterborough Speedway can be found at www.PeterboroughSpeedway.com.
Marketing support for Brandon’s 2015 season is provided by Shear Metal Products and Knightworks Designs.
Fans can stay up to date with Brandon all season long by following on Twitter @BrandonWatson15 or by visiting the official Brandon Watson Racing page on Facebook.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)