HILLSBURGH, ON- Former Flamboro Speedway Pro Late Model champion Paul Howse has announced he will make his OSCAAR Super Late Model debut this weekend at Sunset Speedway’s inaugural Spring Velocity.
“There are a lot of unknowns heading into this weekend. I haven’t even had the chance to test our car yet,” says the 2-time Gold Rush 100 winner. “Ideally, we’ll be able to unload Saturday morning and find some speed in practice. If we can do that, the weekend should go pretty smooth”
Though Howse is a common fixture in the Sunset Speedway pit area with son Jordan Howse’s burgeoning Mini Stock program, the veteran is still unsure of how to approach the Innisfil, ON 3/8 mile.
“In a lot of ways, this is going to be a shakedown session for us,” offers Howse. “We’re not only looking to learn our car – we’ll also be looking to learn about the track itself. As many times as I’ve been here with Jordan, I’ve never competed at Sunset myself”
“Situations like this are why Junior [Hanley] is so invaluable to our program. He’s confident that he can have us ready to compete on Saturday”
Adding with a laugh, “and who am I to argue with him”
With a number of OSCAAR’s top contenders set to descend on Sunset this weekend, Howse imagines the racing action will be top notch.
“Any time there’s a big race at Sunset, I think drivers all over the province take notice. A large scale event like the Spring Velocity is a race that a driver on any roster wants to win. There’s a level of anticipation surrounding events at Sunset that you really don’t feel anywhere else”
“Despite this being the first race of the season, I’m sure all of the top guys will be on their A-Games. Drivers like Kevin Cornelius and Glenn Watson are absolute masters of their craft and don’t have many ‘off’ nights. In my opinion, that’s what separates this tour from a lot of other racing in this province”
With an abbreviated schedule penciled in for 2015, Howse is looking forward to learning his new program in a hurry – and making every outing count.
“I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can about our new program. We have a pretty short schedule this season, so I’m hoping that we can get up to speed as quickly as possible. The OSCAAR drivers are no slouches, and if we want to run anywhere near the front we’re going to need to do our homework.”
Details for this weekend’s 2-day Spring Velocity event can be found at www.SunsetSpeedway.ca.
Paul Howse’s OSCAAR Super Late Model debut is supported by Glenn Windrem Trucking and Dutch Boy Cleaning Service.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)