LEFROY, ON – Perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the 2017 Sunset Speedway season has been the performance of Super Stock up-and-comer Brandon Passer.
The son of Super Late Model regular Gary Passer, Brandon has worked diligently with his tight-knit team of friends and family members to build a program that has displayed an ability to stand toe-to-toe with some of the top names in the Super Stock division.
“We’re just out here as a team trying to learn as best we can,” says Passer. “It’s all about having one foot in front of the other every week. Using what we’ve got to do as well as we can without making ourselves look bad.”
A graduate of Sunset’s Mini Stock division, Brandon does not hesitate when it comes to giving credit to the maddeningly competitive Super Stock roster with which he currently resides – although he’s well aware of the disadvantage facing a grassroots operation such as his.
“This [Super Stock] division is a jungle most nights,” insists the rising star. “It’s crazy out here. There are a lot of talented guys that we’re trying to get one over on.”
“There’s a lot of money being spent,” adds Passer. “So, if you’re a small dollar team like ours, you need to make sure you’re making the right decisions all of the time. Because we’re not in a position to dig ourselves a hole and then just spend our way out of it.”
When asked his hopes for the remaining 5 nights of the season, Passer remains cautiously optimistic, but can’t help but flash a glimmer of the confidence that has so endeared him to the Sunset fanbase.
“We just want to get this car as close to the front as we can every single night,” shrugs Passer. “There’s no real detailed plan, here. Get up front and try to stay there. That’s all.”
“If we can get on the podium one night before the year is over – that would be awesome,” continues the third-generation racer. “We’ve been getting a lot closer to that. The car is getting better and our team is developing a much better understanding of what we need to do to get the most out of our equipment. We’ll get to the top-3 soon – I don’t doubt that at all.”