HILLSBURGH, ON- Second-generation driver Jordan Howse is set to return to Sunset Speedway’s Graham Landscape Limited Mini Stock division in 2015. After a rookie campaign full of peaks and valleys, Howse is set for a sophomore season that he hopes will bring him his first career division championship.
“Last year was such a huge learning experience for our whole team,” explains Howse. “We thought that we were prepared coming in, but in a lot of ways it was trial and error. We picked up really quickly on what didn’t work, and just tried to adjust as we went”
“It was like trying to jump onto a moving train. There are teams in the pit area that have had a Mini Stock program for a lot longer than us, so we had to work twice as hard to keep up with them”
Despite the team’s early-season hurdles, Howse broke through to win Sunset’s crown-jewel Velocity 250 event to close out the 2014 season – topping over 40 of the province’s most talented competitors.
“We’re hoping to pick up right where we left off. Winning the Velocity 250 was the biggest moment of my career – I want to experience that feeling again. This is the toughest competition I’ve ever faced, and with all the drivers that have joined the roster for 2015, I’m sure it’s going to be even tougher this season”
“I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish last season. It took a lot of work, but being able to walk away at the end of the year knowing that we can contend was a huge confidence booster”
With an influx of talent added to the Sunset Mini Stock roster for 2015, Howse knows that any time his No. 72 rolls onto the speedway, he’s in for a battle.
“Every single position you pick up on the track, you have to work for. Nobody gets to victory lane by accident here,” smiles the well-spoken teenager.
“Our goal is to win the Sunset Speedway championship,” continues Howse. “I have a world of respect for every driver on our roster, and I know what kind of war we’re in for. But, I think we have a team capable of getting to the top of the division”
“I can’t thank my parents enough for all that they do for me. Without them, none of this would be possible. Our crew has worked so hard all winter, I can’t think of a better way to thank them than to come out with a strong performance on opening night. If we can get our momentum rolling early, I think we can give these guys and girls a run for their money”
Jordan Howse will kick off his 2015 championship campaign at Sunset Speedway’s season opener on May 2nd. Details, including gate times and ticket prices, can be found at www.SunsetSpeedway.ca.
Marketing support for Howse’s sophomore season will be provided by Stewart’s Equipment, Kubota, Glenn Windrem Trucking, Paul Howse and Associates, Central Industrial Supply, Foodland of Hillsburgh, Progressive Waste, Howse Automotive, John Teune Engines and Georgia Beck Brooms.
Fans can keep up with Jordan on Twitter @JHowse72 and on Facebook at the brand new Jordan Howse Racing page.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)