QUEENSVILLE, ON- Fresh off of a 2014 campaign that saw his family-owned team earn a pair of victories, a multitude of podium finishes and contend for a track championship, Jason ‘Bam Bam’ Witty is excited to get back to action at Sunset Speedway on May 2nd.
“We had a great car last season. I can’t thank my guys enough,” smiles Witty. “It feels like this team gets stronger every week. We learned a bunch last year and we’re hoping we can apply all of that to our 2015 program”
The personable veteran will once again compete fulltime in Sunset’s Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park NASCAR Late Model division, alongside a laundry list of past champions, crown jewel winners and rising stars including defending champion Dwayne Baker, 7-time titlist Chris Morrow and reigning Autumn Colours Classic winner Gord Shepherd.
“I think it goes without saying that this is the toughest division in the province,” says the fan-favourite. “You can’t take a lap off here. These guys and girls are the very best at what they do. We know that we have to bring our very best to the track every Saturday, because we know that every other car in the pit area is doing the same”
“It’s a motivator, for sure,” continues Witty. “Racing against this level of competition every single night keeps you at your very best. If you can get to victory lane in a field like this, you know that you earned it”
And, although he’s committed to running the entirety of the 2015 Sunset Speedway season, Witty maintains he is not worried about a push for a division title.
“Our strategy is to put together the best season we’ve ever had, and win as many races as we can,” explains Witty. “We’re not going to get worried about where we are in the points – the standings have a way of working themselves out. I just want to come to the track and have fun with my team, represent my sponsors and put on a show for the best fans in the province. A championship would be a huge bonus”
When asked about Sunset’s new format for the 2015 season – introducing single-car qualifying and nightly double features – Witty remained confident.
“We’ve been pretty good in time trials the last few seasons, so I’m looking forward to seeing how we stack up there. I know that time trial qualifying has been a bit of a concern for a few drivers in our division, but I’m really not worried,” explained the Queensville, ON native.
“I’m more so nervous about the invert for Feature #2. Inverting 14-cars in a field this deep could make things awfully interesting – especially in a 35-lap race. If you find yourself start in the back-half of the pack, it could make for a long night”
“It’s going to be an honour to be a part of this division this season. We’ve always had a phenomenal roster, but 2015 has just taken everything to a whole new level. I’m counting down the days until opening night and I hope the fans are too, because they’re in for an awesome show”
Jason Witty’s 2015 efforts are made possible thanks to the support of R&W Equipment, Queensville Sod, Carrot Express, Matco Tools, Speedy Auto Machine and LaRues Haulage.
Details for May 2nd’s season opener – including gate times and ticket prices – can be found at www.SunsetSpeedway.ca.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)