BADEN, ON- Fresh off of a 6th place finish in Round 3 of the OSCAAR Super Late Model Tour at Delaware Speedway, Corey Jones will next set his sights on his first career tour appearance at Sauble Speedway on July 25th.
The former Canadian Vintage Modified regular is currently in his second full season with the cross-province tour, and has already turned heads with a pair of solid performances at Sunset in addition to July 11th’s top-10 finish at Delaware. However, Saturday’s trip to Sauble’s tight quarter-mile confines will present a brand new challenge for Jones’ family-owned team.
“We’ve never been to Sauble with the Super Late Model, but I raced there a bunch when we were running with the Hobby Cars,” explains the Baden, ON racer. “It’s tight. It was tight in a Hobby Car. I can only imagine what it’s going to be like in a big, heavy stock car. That part might take some getting used to”
With close quarter racing comes the opportunity for bruised egos and damaged equipment. However, Jones maintains his optimism that the tour regulars will maintain their composure ahead of a packed several weeks of tour competition.
“As long as everyone shows some respect, I think we’ll all be just fine. It’s going to be a give and take sort of race,” says the personable sophomore. “Sauble’s a tight, one groove racetrack. That’s almost like a blueprint for tearing up your equipment if you aren’t careful. We’re getting into a fairly busy stretch of the schedule on the tour, hopefully these guys keep that in mind”
Jones will enter the event third in the championship points standings, and sees Sauble as an ideal chance to continue his ascension through the division.
“We’ve had such an awesome season so far, I just want to keep it going,” notes the humble first-generation racer. “Delaware was a great performance for us – and we were able to load up at the end of the night with barely a scratch on the car, which was a huge bonus. We’ve put a lot of hours in at the shop getting ready for Sauble, and I’m looking forward to seeing if it pays off or not”
After a 2014 season wrought with mechanical failures and on-track adversity, Jones is quick to explain just how much he’s savoring his sophomore campaign.
“I’m enjoying the ride,” offers the former Karting regular with a wide smile. “We’ve had weeks on this tour where it’s felt as though we couldn’t do anything right, so this is a welcome change for this team. We’ve put the work in and we’re ready to keep working for as long as it takes. The guys on this tour are the best in the province, and it’s up to us to prove ourselves against them”
“I think a lot of people may have underestimated us a bit at the beginning of the season, but we’re starting to show that we belong. We just need to make the most of the opportunities that are put in front of us. Hopefully we can do that at Sauble this weekend.”
For details, including gate times and ticket prices, for OSCAAR’s lone visit to Sauble this season, visit www.SaubleSpeedway.ca.
Jones’ 2015 season would not be possible without the continued support of Griffen + Highbury, Nelson Aggregate, LaFleche Roofing, Royal Bank of Canada, Accountable Automotive, Castle Building Centres, Anmar Cleaning, Oktane Productions and EPIC Racewear.
Fans can stay up to date with Corey and the rest of the team by visiting the official Corey Jones Racing page on Facebook and by following @CoreyJones82 on Twitter.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)