ACTON, ON- Reigning Sunset Speedway Mini Stock champion Brandon McFerran will have one final opportunity to wrestle the division point lead from Doug Butler in tonight’s 35-lap finale to the 2015 season.
‘The Astronaut’ will enter the evening sitting 13-points behind Butler, after a frustrating 7th place finish in the penultimate event on the 2015 schedule last Saturday.
“We were off last Saturday – there’s not really any other way to put it,” admits McFerran. “We had some mechanical issues that we should have caught and we didn’t. It was nobody’s fault – just one of those deals. We spent the entire day on Sunday tearing the front end apart and checking everything over”
“We’ve made some changes that I think are really going to benefit our program,” adds McFerran. “I truly believe we have enough car to get the job done tonight”
The Acton, ON-based wheelman will need to be nothing short of perfect in tonight’s finale, and will need to stay ahead of Butler’s familiar No. 10 for any chance at tallying back-to-back Sunset championships.
“It’s up to me now. All the preparing is over,” says McFerran matter-of-factly. “All the research and poring over notes is done. We’re down to one race and I have to make it happen. This sort of night is why we do this. It’s terrifying and energizing all at the same time. I can’t wait for the moment that trailer door swings down”
“This season has taught me far more than last year ever did,” continues the high-school student. “Last season, we were often the car to beat, and by championship night all we had to do was start the feature to lock up the points. This year, I’ve learned a lot about how to be humble, and I’ve learned even more about how to perform under pressure. No matter where I finish in the points when this is all said and done – I’m grateful for those lessons”
With his back against the wall, McFerran admits he’s feeling the heat ahead of his final start of 2015.
“I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t an element of pressure coming into tonight,” says McFerran with a slight chuckle. “My team has given me an awesome car to work with – and now I have to make something out of it”
“It would be an honor to have the distinction of being a 2-time Sunset Speedway champion,” adds the third-generation racer. “Obviously, there exists a chance that we have to settle for second, but I’m not interested in even considering that right now. Win or lose, we’re going to give this deal every ounce of effort that we have, and no matter what the result is we’re going to walk out of that place at the end of the night with a smile on our face.”
Visit www.SunsetSpeedway.ca for information on tonight’s 35-lap Mini Stock finale.
Brandon McFerran is proud to carry sponsorship from Peter D. Laird Transport, Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park, Road Ranger, East End Car Wash, B&B Towing, Creative Edge Graphics, Finish Line Painting & Restoration, DS McClure Farms, AMD Electric, Ultimate Finishes and Matalco.
To learn more about Brandon, visit the official Brandon McFerran Racing page on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter @BrandonMcFerran.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)