BOWMANVILLE, ON- Peterborough Speedway regular Bryan Sudsbury will enter tonight’s Autumn Colours Classic qualifier ready to reassert himself into an increasingly deepening division, after a 2015 season that has been largely a battle against bad luck and mechanical gremlins for his Great Canadian RV-backed effort.
After flashing speed all night long in his most recent weekly performance on August 15th, it appeared as though Sudsbury had regained the form that had once made him one of the province’s rising stars. However, a broken wheel stud left his No. 29 careening down the straightaway on three wheels, ending his night prematurely.
Now, Sudsbury says he’s finished wishing for good luck and is now resting his faith in the hours spent at his Bowmanville, ON race shop.
“I’m finished talking about luck. Luck hasn’t done anything for us this year,” says ‘Party Time’ matter-of-factly. “I’m putting all my faith in hard work. Because you can’t control good fortune but you sure as hell can control how many hours you put into this deal”
Sudsbury entered the 2015 season as an early-candidate for a second career track championship, but a bevy of rough nights have forced the personable veteran to work through more than his fair share of adversity.
“Saturday was the best this car has felt all season,” says Sudsbury. “We didn’t get the win, but we have a lot of confidence for this weekend. This team hasn’t taken a step backwards all year. We’ve been better and better with every lap and we’re due for a win”
After securing the 2012 Peterborough Speedway championship, Sudsbury’s number one goal has been to find a way to lock up a win at the vaulted Autumn Colours Classic over Thanksgiving weekend. Tonight, Sudsbury will have a chance to start in P1 at ‘the Classic’, should he win the 75-lap qualifying event.
“When Dad and I first started this deal in 2009, we wanted two things: to win a Peterborough championship and to win the Autumn Colours Classic,” says Sudsbury. “We’ve got our championship – but I badly want a chance at a win at ‘the Classic’. And the best way to do that is to qualify on the pole”
“This place is going to turn into the deep end of the pool on Thanksgiving weekend, man,” continues Sudsbury, as he leans forward for emphasis. “Don’t get me wrong, we’re game for it no matter what, but I wouldn’t be mad at taking the easy route to the front. I’ll race for the win whether I’m starting 1st or 21st”
“But, it feels like we’ve done everything the hard way this season. It might be a nice change to switch things up.”
Details for tonight’s ‘Chase for the Colours’ 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)