ORONO, ON – The last time Danny Benedict touched Sunset Speedway asphalt, it was during a headline-grabbing Velocity 250 victory last September.He will be back in action with hopes of generating an impressive follow-up and kickstarting what he hopes will be a run towards a first career championship.
“Opening Night comes with added pressure no matter who you are,” says Benedict. “You spend hours and hours working and tweaking and trying to figure out how to maximize your equipment – and Night 1 is your first chance to see if all that effort is going to pay off.”
“Our team is excited to see where we stack up against the rest of these top-level guys,” adds the second-generation racer. “We believe that we’ve put together a real good piece for this season and we’re expecting to come out and start contending for wins right from the jump.”
And, after a less-than-optimal start to the 2017 season, the Orono, ON product is focused on avoiding the same sluggish start that dogged his team one year ago.
“We struggled last year right off the hop,” details Benedict. “We had some new car blues and that gave us a few DNFs to start the year. We’re absolutely looking for a different start to 2018.”
“Saturday is the perfect chance to get to work and show the rest of these guys how good we can be. A big start to the year would do a lot for our momentum”
Following September’s Velocity 250 triumph, Benedict is eager to show the rest of the Ltd. Late Model division that his outfit is far from a one-hit wonder.
“When we won [the Velocity 250] it really felt like a weight had been taken off our shoulders,” explains Benedict. “The fact that our first ‘W’ is out of the way helps with the Opening Night pressure.”
“We know that we’re good enough to win now,” adds the rising star. “Now, it’s all about doing it again. We’ve been mentally preparing for months. We’re ready to make the right decisions and take advantage of whatever opportunity presents itself on Saturday.”