ORONO, ON (August 4, 2019)- Campaigning a pair of cars on the local short track racing circuit isn’t something most teams would want to attempt, but for Graham Racing it’s become a way of life. Based in Orono, Ontario the father and son operation of Craig and Brandt Graham has been running high-competitive Pro Late Model and Canadian Modified machines at Brighton Speedway. This is the third year the pairing has fielded a pair of cars and the second season they’ve been part of the weekly events at the same track. Craig Graham says it’s been great to have the family involved in their chosen vocation.
“After a career in pavement racing, our transition to dirt took some getting used to,” admitted the father, mentor and coach. “Brandt and I like the things we’re learning in this new adventure. We’re both having fun and enjoying the opportunity to race against some different people and make some new racetrack friends.”
With the 2019 season winding-down and just over a handful of dates remaining on the schedule, Craig Graham sits in 10th spot in the Late Model standings, while Brandt – who picked-up his first career dirt track checkered flag earlier in the year – is sixth in the Canadian Modified title chase. The team has also run several out of town events at tracks including Merrittville, Humberstone, Ohsweken, Granby and RPM Speedway with some impressive results on unfamiliar turf. Next on the road trip agenda for the #98 Late Model is Sunday, August 11th at Cornwall Motor Speedway and Friday, October 4th; part of the Outlaw 200 Weekend at Fulton Speedway. The #14 Canadian Modified has an end of September date at South Buxton Speedway.
“Nothing we do would be possible without the best crew in short track racing,” Craig Graham said. “They work in some tough situations and through all kinds of different weather conditions, but Marten, Rick, Ted and Ian give Brandt and I the best equipment possible with their effort in the shop and at the track.”
Although nothing has been etched in stone, once the local dirt track scene wraps-up for the year, Brandt Graham – who showed his pavement racing prowess by claiming the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series championship in 2016 and 2017 – is toying with the idea of running his father’s former track title winning chassis in Late Model action at Peterborough Speedway’s season-ending Autumn Colours Classic.
Graham Racing thanks Full Circle Automation, Goat Transport, Arcade Pools, Hot Rod Swag, DJD Graphics, Mayhew Graphics and Clarke Motorsports Communications for supporting the #98 Late Model and #14 Canadian Modified Programs during the 2019 season.
Family, friends and fans can keep up with Graham Racing by liking the team Facebook page: Graham98Racing or following it on Twitter: @Graham_Racing. On-line, look for www.graham98racing.com.
Prepared by Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media