Weekly stock car racing has long been considered a family tradition, with a passion for the sport handed-down through the generations. The Orono, Ontario based father and son duo of Craig and Brandt Graham has continued this time-honoured trend. While Craig was plying his craft and earning season championships at the controls of asphalt racing machines in the Challenger, Thunder Car and Limited Late Model divisions, Brandt began his racing education in go-karts and Mini Stocks, before earning the 2016 and 2017 title on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series. For the 2018 campaign, the pair is spending their racing time together in the Pro Late Model and Canadian Modified classes respectively at Brighton Speedway.
“Its been great to race at the same track as my son again and watch his development as a dirt racer,” Craig Graham said. “After spending almost my entire career on pavement, this is only my second season in the Late Model at Brighton, so we always have plenty to talk about during our weekly post-race debriefing sessions.”
Saturday, June 16th, each racer scored the best finishes of their dirt racing careers. After having his #98 machine almost completely rebuilt following an early season rollover, Craig Graham was third in the final Pro Late Model feature running order. Brandt Graham, a rookie in the 1/3-mile clay oval’s open-wheeled ranks, finished fourth in the night’s ‘A’ main. The fact that both strong efforts came on Father’s Day weekend isn’t lost on the proud parent.
“We take the family racing custom to the next level,” admitted Graham. “Both of our cars are prepared and maintained by my father-in-law and Brandt’s maternal grandfather, Marten Rottine. Throughout the years, his dedicated work ethic and attention to detail have given each of us the confidence needed to get to the front of the pack, whatever the racing division.”
Graham says the team also appreciates the effort and hard work of Ted Stacey, Rick Rowe and Ian Graham. Without their help, it wouldn’t be possible to run 2 cars on one night at the same track.
Graham Racing’s 2018 season is proudly supported by Full Circle Automation, Arcade Pools, J & M Restoration, Hot Rod Swag, Goat Transportation Inc., Picton Home Hardware Building Centre, Mayhew Graphics and DJD Graphics.
Follow the team behind the scenes and at the track by checking @Graham_Racing on Twitter and the Graham Racing team page at www.facebook.com. Look for www.graham98racing.com, an Image Factor web-site. Clarke Motorsports Communications is proud to support the 2018 season for Graham Racing.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media