GUELPH, ON – With his 2018 Junior Late Model championship victory, 9-year old fourth-generation racer Cole Burrows has etched his name into the record books as the youngest two-time champion in Sauble Speedway history.
The rising star first burst onto the scene with a championship victory in 2017, and worked diligently throughout his 2018 campaign to prove that his first career title win was anything but a fluke.
“I couldn’t be any prouder of how he conducted himself all year long,” smiles Cole’s father David. “We work hard to give Cole a car that can win, but at the end of the day he has to make the decisions on the racetrack that really matter.”
“When he’s out there – he’s all by himself,” adds Burrows. “He found his rhythm real early in the year and just built on that all season long. It’s been so exciting to see him progress this year.”
The Guelph, ON product entered the final event of the season with a narrow 2-point lead and overcame an early-race spin to battle back for the dramatic feature victory and the championship clinch.
“The poise that Cole showed on championship night is something that you really can’t teach a racer,” says the elder Burrows. “You either have it or you don’t. Either you can deal with the negatives and turn them into a positive – or you can’t. Watching Cole overcome that spin and then win the feature and the championship was one of the best days of my life.”
Looking ahead to the 2019 season, the Burrows team is prepared for Cole to return to Sauble in search of a record-breaking third-consecutive Junior Late Model championship.
“As long as Cole has interest in being at the speedway and being a part of this (Junior Late Model) division – we’ll have a car there for him,” says David. “He’s excited about everything we’ve accomplished as a team and everything we still have in front of us.”
“Right now – the plan is to be back full time at Sauble with the intention of winning more races and contending for another championship. We’re just getting warmed up.”