BOWMANVILLE, ON – Following a rocky start to his 2015 Peterborough Speedway season, Late Model championship contender Bryan Sudsbury is ready for Week 2 of the season on May 30th.
‘Party Time’ battled an ill-handling race car in Peterborough’s opener on May 16th, compounded by a feature race altercation that heavily damaged the front end of his Dan McHattie Racecars No. 29.
Despite the damage incurred, Sudsbury battled through to a 5th place finish and, after two weeks of repairs, is focused on returning to victory lane this Saturday.
“At the end of the day, it’s hard to be mad at a top-5 finish in a brand new racecar,” says Sudsbury. “But I really felt like we had a piece capable of winning on opening night. We ended up a little banged up, and that most definitely affected the handling of the car through the second half of the race”
“It was a learning experience for sure,” continues the 2012 Peterborough champion. “I just got a little excited and pushed the pace too hard, too early in the race”
“I’ve been sitting on the sidelines for a whole year – watching this division evolve and improve -so it was hard to go out there and hold back”
The former Mini Stock standout has spent his days since the incident working with a pair of notable Late Model experts, with hopes of injecting himself back into contention on May 30th.
“We’ve spent two straight weeks working with Dan McHattie and Graham Annis on this racecar. I can’t wait to roll it out of the trailer on Saturday afternoon,” smiles Sudsbury.
“We went into opening night not really knowing what to expect,” admits the young veteran. “The track time that we got went a long way in terms of figuring this hotrod out. Now, we have a much better idea of what we’re working with and how the car’s going to react”
After a disappointing season opener, Sudsbury goes on to hint that it may be time to return to the same ‘all or nothing’ approach that made him a Peterborough fan favourite during his 2012 championship run.
“This team is hungry for a win. We’re coming into Week 2 ready to do everything in our power to put this hotrod in victory lane. It’s been a long time since we’ve had that feeling, and I’m going to do what it takes to get it back.”
Details for Peterborough Speedway’s May 30th event can be found at www.PeterboroughSpeedway.com.
Fans can follow ‘Party Time’ on Twitter @SudsburyRacing or on Facebook via the brand new Bryan Sudsbury Racing page.
Sudsbury’s Port City by McHattie entry carries sponsorship from Deighton Design, Alma Mechanical, Darrel’s Die Casts, RVL Masonry, Deighton, Cochrane Automotive, Great Canadian RV, Flash Fire Coatings, RB Blast Services Inc. and Castrol.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)