CHESLEY, ON- Few drivers passed as many cars as Josh Stade in Round 1 of the Sauble vs. Sunset ‘Home and Home Series’ on July 12th. The second-generation star charged from a 16th place starting position, to a 7th place finish in the rain shortened 50-lap event.
“We struggled with our car all day”, admitted Stade when asked of his outing last Saturday. “It got to the point where we just threw the kitchen sink at it before the feature and it worked”
“I can’t thank my Dad and Brian MacDonald enough. We had shocks and springs laying across the pit pad just trying to find something that would work. Finally, we found something that would help us hook up on the outside and it made all the difference”
Stade did the bulk of his work on Sauble’s tumultuous high-side, passing 6 cars in the opening 10-laps.
“After chasing the car all day in the heats and practice, we able to drive it in deeper than just about anyone in the feature, that’s what helped us”, explained ‘Prime Time’.
“The longer the race went, the better we were. This car has always been a ‘long run’ car, but even more so tonight. Starting 16th and finishing 7th is incredible. I’d like to think if we had raced the final 15-laps, without the rain, we would’ve had something for the top-5”
The Stade Motorsports team has already begun putting a setup together for Round 2 of the ‘Home and Home Series’ at Sunset Speedway on July 26th.
“We keep a pretty detailed notebook of every time we’ve been done to Sunset, so we know what works and what doesn’t”, said Stade. “Our setup is likely going to be a collection of all that we’ve been able to learn at Sunset over the last two seasons”
“We’ll be keeping an eye on the Sunset front runners – guys like Dwayne Baker – and seeing how they work the track and how we can apply what they do to our strategy”
Before Josh heads to Sunset for Round 2 of the ‘Home and Home Series’, he’ll be back in action for weekly competition at Sauble Speedway on July 19th. Gate times and ticket prices can be found at www.SaubleSpeedway.ca.
Stade Motorsports’ 2014 efforts are made possible thanks to MEI Paving, APC Autoparts, Upper Canada Title, Kunkel Bus Lines, Ken’s Truck Painting and WIX Filters.
Fans can keep up with Josh as he prepares for Round 2 of the ‘Home and Home Series’ via his @PrimeTimeStade Twitter account, as well as the official Stade Motorsports Facebook page.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)
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