BEWDLEY, ON (April 28, 2018)- Drivers who compete at the local, hometown speedway need to make adjustments to get the most out of their equipment to compensate for changing track and weather conditions. As he heads into the 2018 season, Bryan Sudsbury will need to find extra room in his set-up notebook as he tackles a brand-new racing challenge. After spending the majority of his career racing on pavement, the Bowmanville native – who now makes his home in Bewdley, Ontario – will add terms like heavy, tacky, bite and cushion to his motorsports vocabulary as he runs his first season in the Pro Late Model division at Brighton Speedway.
With a resume that includes several strong seasons at the former Mosport Speedway/Canadian Tire Motorsport Park oval and a Late Model track championship at Peterborough, the 29-year-old – who’s previous dirt track experience was limited to an endurance event – knows it will take some time to adjust from a car that needs to be in complete control at all times, to one that performs its best when run on the ragged edge and powers through a left-hand turn at speed when the steering wheel is cranked hard to the right.
“I know there will be a lot to learn and it might be tough sledding for a while; but I also think it’ll be fun and I’m up for the challenge,” Bryan Sudsbury said. “There will be some familiar faces around to lend a hand and answer some questions. The notebook is wide open and the team has no expectations going into the new year. We’re going to climb into the car and enjoy the ride.”
Just rolling to the line on opening night will continue a season of new beginnings for Bryan Sudsbury. On the track, he’ll compete for the rookie of the year honours in the Pro Late Model division and his Rocket chassis ride will carry the #9 into battle, instead of the customary #29 that had been used throughout his career. Away from the speedway, the driver and his girlfriend Meagan McLean welcomed the arrival of their son Deegan on Saturday, April 7th.
“It’s a very exciting time of year and there is so much going on.” Sudsbury – who earns a weekly paycheque as a crane operator – continued. “I can’t wait to get things rolling.”
Behind the scenes, Sudsbury and his crew Tanner Leblanc, Dereck Anderson, Graham Flett, Josh Arnold, Graham T. Annis, Chad Deighton and Brian Sudsbury have been working hard to get things ready to kick-off the campaign. Sponsorship for the inaugural schedule will come from long term backers Alma Mechanical, Great Canadian RV, Flash Fire Coatings, Cochrane Automotive and Jeff D’Altory of Coldwell Banker 2M Realty. The #9 team would also like to welcome Nicholls Auto and Exhaust for the 2018 season.
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Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media