COLDWATER, ON – After failing to qualify for the opening round of the APC United Late Model Series at Sunset Speedway, freshman Pro Late Model competitor Jade Franklin is prepared to roll into Round 2 at Flamboro Speedway with renewed focus and a fresh approach.
“We knew that we weren’t going to walk onto this tour without a few headaches,” says Franklin. “This is the hottest thing in the province right now with the best of the best scrapping for wins every week. It’s a shark tank out there.”
“There’s no shame against having a misstep against these teams – but we definitely want to make sure that we don’t let our program get so far off course that we can’t bring it back again.”
When asked his mindset heading into Saturday’s Interstate Batteries 100, Franklin displays maturity and poise well beyond his years in describing his disappointment and subsequent rebound following his DNQ at Sunset.
“Either you win or you learn – that’s what racing boils down to at any level,” explains the Coldwater, ON teenager. “I’m not afraid to fail at something if it’s going to make me better in the long run. We were absolutely disappointed with how things worked out at Sunset, but at the same time we learned so much about what works and what doesn’t for these cars.”
“I think we’ll be a lot stronger in Round 2,” adds Franklin. “Just having the ‘opening night jitters’ out of the way is a good feeling. I don’t want to have to work my way through bad luck – but I know that I have the best guys that I could ask for to help me do it if I need to.”
Now, with what he hopes to be the low-point of his season behind him, Franklin is ready for bigger and better things at Flamboro.
“You can’t ever expect to enjoy the good nights at the speedway without having to go through nights like what we had at Sunset,” smiles Franklin. “It is what it is.”
“There are always going to be ups and downs. We were bummed out about how it all shook out, but it’s in the past now. We’ve worked like crazy to make this car better for Flamboro and now we’re excited for what the next chapter of this season is going to look like.”