SAUBLE BEACH, ON- Mere days after having his lone chassis catch fire during a practice run, Josh Stade returned to Sauble Speedway on June 28th with his most impressive run of the 2014 season.
“This team has never been afraid of a little hard work, but we definitely tested that theory this week”, smiled the second-generation driver post-race.
Stade’s Howe by Brian MacDonald entry suffered minor damage after a brake fire during a Wednesday night testing session.
“We were out for our final run of the night, and I dove into the corner and the brake pedal went right to the floor”, explained Stade. “All of a sudden, the brakes grabbed, so I looked down to see what was happening – thinking maybe one of the linkages fell off. Next thing I know, there were flames coming through the tin kit at my feet”
The fire took three fire extinguishers to suppress, and had the Stade Motorsports squad working overtime to repair the damaged brake system.
“Our week was dedicated to putting our car back together again, more than it was finding ways to make us faster”, said Stade. “I’m proud of my guys, because we had to work our guts out during practice tonight, but they got the job done. We were running this car into the ground trying to find some speed”
“Luckily, we were able to find a couple things that just weren’t quite right”, continued Stade. “Once we made a few changes, the car woke right up”
June 28th’s performance marked Stade’s first top-3 of the 2014 Sauble Season, and gives the family-run team plenty of confidence that their hard work is beginning to pay off.
“We’re absolutely moving in the right direction. Jason [Parker] and Scott [McTeer] are two of the best drivers in the province, and we were right there with them tonight. Our work isn’t done, we know that. But it’s awesome to be able to track our improvement. The hours in the shop are paying off, and that’s what matters most”
‘Prime Time’ Josh Stade will be back in action at Sauble this Saturday, July 5th. Gate times and ticket prices for the event can be found at www.SaubleSpeedway.ca
Stade Motorsports’ 2014 campaign is fueled by MEI Paving, APC Autoparts, Upper Canada Tile, Kunkel Bus Lines, Ken’s Truck Painting and WIX Filters.
Fans can keep up with Josh as he works through his 2014 season via his @PrimeTimeStade Twitter account, as well as the official Stade Motorsports Facebook page.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)