SHUBENACADIE, NS (December 11, 2017) – Braden Langille, an up-and-coming driver in Maritime stock car racing circles, will make a run for the 2018 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour Rookie of the Year title in 2018. Langille will wheel a car bearing his familiar No. 51 and fielded out of the Nova Racing shop in Antigonish.
At just 16-years-old the grade eleven high school student from Shubenacadie already has an impressive racing resume and it was that which led to his affiliation with Nova Racing, which in just a few short months has included being a helper around the shop, a test driver for the team, and driver of Nova Racing’s No. 88 in four races during the last half of the season.
“I am so fortunate to have such a great opportunity,” said Langille. “Nova Racing has top-notch equipment and talented people. Both Donald (Chisholm) and George (Koszkulics) have treated me like family since I’ve been there. It’s amazing to me that I have this chance.”
Langille’s 2018 ride will be prepared by Koszkulics, the Nova Racing team manager, and an accomplished racer himself. The car will be maintained week-to-week between events at the Langille shop in Shubenacadie. Sponsors include Nova Construction, Velocity Machining & Welding, and Techtronics Machine Works
“We’ll be kind of doing our own thing once the season starts,” said Langille. “But we’ll have Nova’s expertise to fall back on. At the track, we will be their teammate.”
Chisholm is the owner of Nova Racing and the most accomplished active racer in the region; he won the 2016 Pro Stock Tour title, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series race at Riverside International Speedway in 2014, and is a multi-time winner on the Pro Stock Tour.
“Braden did a great job for us driving the 88 in a handful of races this year,” said Chisholm. “We are excited to team up again in 2018 and make a run at the Pro Stock Tour rookie of the year honours. We hope to give Braden the best opportunity to run well and are looking forward to watching his progression behind the wheel. He is a solid young guy with lots of talent and will make a great addition to the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour.“
In his four pro stock races this year for Nova Racing, Langille’s average finish was notable at 14.5 with a best finish of seventh in Riverside’s fall finale.
Langille started racing at eight years old driving in the Bandolero division at Scotia Speedworld near Halifax. He won the rookie title that year and went on to capture the INEX International points championship in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2014 he was the Scotia Speedworld division champ, winner of the Big Dawg Challenge in New Brunswick, and the INEX Asphalt Nationals Bullring champion.
In 2015 Langille made the transition to Legends Cars while still running the Bandolero. He was the Bandolero Winter National champion (Orlando, FL) and, at 15-years-old, became the youngest ever winner on the Maritime League of Legends circuit. That fall he was named the 14 & Under Male Athlete of the Year in the Province of Nova Scotia.
In 2016 Langille turned heads at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina when he beat drivers from all over North America to win an event in the much-acclaimed Bojangles Summer Shootout.
This past year he continued to race the Legends Car while also forming his relationship with Nova Racing; in July he became the youngest ever Legends Cars winner at Scotia Speedworld.
In an eight-year racing career in Bandoleros and Legends Cars, Braden Langille has amassed an amazing 84 wins in 188 starts, averaging a win in every 2.2 starts. He hopes to carry that success to the next step in his racing career, starting next spring as a full-time pro stock driver. Langille’s race dates for 2018 will be set just as soon as the schedule is announced for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour.