KITCHENER, ON – Longtime short track standout Shawn McGlynn will look to solidify his first career APC United Late Model Series victory this Saturday, as the province-wide tour rolls into his home base of Flamboro Speedway for their first of two visits scheduled in 2018.
“It’s always nice to have a home game no matter what sort’ve car or division you’re racing,” says McGlynn with a smile. “But, we can’t take things easy. Nothing is promised to us. If our team thinks that we can luck into a podium [at Flamboro] because it’s our hometrack, then we may as well leave the car on the trailer and save ourselves the heartache.”
“This isn’t the type of competition that you beat with luck,” adds the Kitchener, ON native. “Flamboro is one of my favourite speedways anywhere in North America. I’ve won there before and I think we will absolutely have a strong program ready for 100-laps of racing. But, at the same time, it seems to bring out the best in a lot of guys on the roster, so I think we’re in for a fight no matter what.”
In addition to McGlynn, the APC Series roster is packed with present or former Flamboro regulars, including current point leader JR Fitzpatrick, perennial contender Steve Laking and rising star Billy Schwartzenburg among others.
“When you’re committed to a tour as tough as this one, pulling into the pits at your hometrack guarantees you absolutely nothing,” notes the well-spoken veteran. “Any of the guys that run at the front on a regular basis have been to Flamboro before.”
“Our team may have a few more laps here than some of these other guys, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to have to work our guts out to make sure we’re in contention on Saturday.”
With three full seasons of APC Series competition to his credit prior to his 2018 effort, McGlynn is confident that his Meineke Care Care-backed outfit has everything in place to take a giant step forward this year.
“I feel like we’ve gone about things the right way with this program,” says McGlynn. “In a lot of ways, we’ve built this from the very ground up. It’s taken a lot of time – and a lot of laps – but we’re really starting to get a feel for what works and what doesn’t.”
“There was never going to be a button we could push to just figure everything out instantly,” adds the former Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup champion. “We’ve done our homework and we’re absolutely ready to win. Everybody wants to win at Flamboro – but I’m confident that Saturday is going to be our night.”