WATERLOO, ON- Third-generation racer Jake Watson will be in the Flamboro Speedway Frostoberfest field this weekend, as he hopes to qualify for one of the coveted 30 starting spots for Saturday’s twin-30 lap Mini Stock invitational.
“If we were only going to do one race this season, I think it would have been this one,” smiles Watson. “I just think it’s the coolest format and draws some of the best cars from just about everywhere. I mean, why wouldn’t you want to be involved in something like this”
“This is the level of competition that really makes you take your program to the next level,” continues the teenager. “This’ll be the toughest field to make all year. Every team in this division is so incredibly tough, when we unload on Friday afternoon, the work won’t stop until we’re through post-race tech on Saturday night”
With over 40 of the top Mini Stock teams in the province converging on Flamboro in hopes of laying claim to the event’s $1000-to-win purse, Watson knows a strong performance in qualifying will be key.
“The toughest part is going to be just making the feature,” opines ‘The Derringer’. “When you take a look at the quality of cars that have already entered, it’s going to be awfully tight to make the show right out of the heat races. We just need two strong finishes in the qualifiers. That’s where my focus will be. Because, the last place we want to be on Saturday, is in a Last Chance Qualifier”
“I just want to show up and be competitive,” continues Watson. “The goal is to get our legs out under us early, so we’re not chasing the car and the setup all weekend. If we can find our rhythm on Friday afternoon in practice, it’s going to make this entire experience a lot easier”
For Watson, who started his Karting career on the grounds of Flamboro Speedway before moving to the Mini Stock division, a return to Flamboro means more than just an opportunity to race in one of the season’s most prestigious events.
“I had my first Mini Stock race at Flamboro three years ago. It feels like forever now,” remembers Watson.
“Because of that, any time we get to go back there, it makes it a little extra special. I want to put together a strong run there. There aren’t many Mini Stock events that mean more than this one does, so hopefully our team can show everyone just how good we can be.”
For more information on Frostoberfest, visit www.FlamboroSpeedway.ca.
Jake Watson’s 2015 season is made possible thanks to Spira Fire Protection, Race2way.ca, Hype Energy Drink, London Recreational Racing, GUNK, Wix Filters, The Landing Strip of Toronto, Academy Construction, TSS Top Shops, SMG Motorsports, OKTANE Productions, Fast Eddie Racewear, Glencoe Automotive, For Your Eyes Only, Protein2O, AquaHydrate, Stewarts Root Beer, The Wurth Group, AR Bodies, Falken Tire, Artik Ice, Dominion Sure Seal, Chetty’s Hot Sauce, Cloverleaf Farms, Lucas Oil and Expressway Ford.
Fans can stay up to date with Jake via his official ‘Jake Watson – WWR’ Facebook page and on Twitter @JakertWatson.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)
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