WATERDOWN, ON – Veteran Gary Elliott will start off his hallmark 50th season of racing this weekend, as the OSCAAR Modified Tour touches down at Sunset Speedway as one of the co-headliners of the wildly popular Spring Velocity.
“This weekend is going to be the start of my 50th season – and it’s also the first big event of Sunset’s 50th season – so it’s almost like destiny,” says Elliott with a wide smile.
“This is going to be an intense weekend for us. We’ve done a lot of work to this car over the Winter, and I truly believe the changes will make us more competitive in a field that I think is going to be tougher than ever.”
Elliott has 39-career wins, however the veteran contender has not yet visited victory lane in his first race of the season. This weekend, he’ll look to snap that streak.
“If I could walk out of Sunday night as a feature winner I might just stay awake for a few weeks because of the excitement,” laughs Elliott. “It would be career feature win number-40 for me. I’ve never won a race on Opening Night before – but I think we have a car strong enough to do that on Sunday.”
It’s clear that Elliott has great reverence for the Spring Velocity and what the event represents, and when combined with his history 50th season of racing and his hopes for an OSCAAR championship, there’s no questioning just how badly he hopes to win.
“This is a prestigious race,” says Elliott. “This is a big event for anyone – no matter what division you’re in. But, it’s particularly special for teams on the OSCAAR Modified Tour.”
“Our goal, this season, is to win this championship as part of our jubilee season,” adds the Waterdown, ON native. “We’d love nothing more than to open up with a podium finish. A win would be a bonus for us. But, we know that it’s going to be tough against a field of Modifieds as good as this one.”