CHESLEY, ON- Second-generation star Josh Stade has had an 8-month off-season to reflect on a 2013 campaign that he’s described as ‘unfulfilling’. On May 17th, Stade will have his first crack at redemption, when he returns to action at Sauble Speedway.
“I feel like we left a lot on the table last year”, says Stade at a recent Sauble test session. “We had a great car all season long, and just couldn’t seal the deal. I beat myself up about it almost all off-season. Now, we’re ready to get back to work and snag some wins”
The 21-year old Stade is still considered a rising star amongst many in Ontario’s short track scene, and is hoping for a breakout campaign in 2014.
“We’re heading into opening night with full intentions of winning”, states the confident wheelman. “We spent 2013 looking for consistency, but this season is all about turning heads and winning races”
Stade is quick to explain just how important the Stade Motorsports operation is to his family.
“This race team means the world to our family”, says Stade. “My Dad started this team when he was younger than me. As a kid, all I ever wanted to do was race and go to the speedway. The fact that I can compete, with my Dad as my Crew Chief and my Mom and Sister helping out in the pits, means more to me than any feature win ever could”
“I can’t thank my team enough. Jeff Yule, Brad Weller, Jason Jarvis and Luke McGuire. These guys are some of the best around. None of this would be possible without them”
‘Prime Time’ will race for the 2014 Sauble Speedway Ltd. Late Model championship alongside a laundry list of talented competitors. From 2-time defending champion Scott McTeer to former titlist Jason Parker, the Sauble roster is as deep as any in the province.
“I think it’s tough for any speedway to match the level of competition there is at Sauble”, offers Stade. “Top to bottom, this class is incredibly tough. Sauble’s not an easy place to get around. If you can unload here and come back with a top-5, you know you’ve done something”
Stade Motorsports will carry support from MEI Paving, APC of Chesley & Hanover, Upper Canada Tile, Kunkel Bus Lines, Chesley Kinsmen and Ken’s Truck Painting.
To learn more about ‘Prime Time’ Josh Stade, visit the Stade Motorsports page on Facebook and follow Josh on Twitter @PrimeTimeStade.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)