MT BRYDGES, ON – Second-generation driver Jake Sheridan entered Jukasa Motor Speedway’s Canadian Short Track Nationals with open eyes and a readiness to acquire some valuable lessons to continue his development as one of the top rising stars in Ontario racing.
The son of former Delaware Speedway champion Ron Sheridan impressed throughout his time at Jukasa, charging from 29th to 10th early in the 200-lap event before falling back after the race’s midway break.
“That’s the type of race that you sit at home and daydream about,” says Sheridan. “A big show, with a stacked field at a place like Jukasa is pretty much what I’ve grown up wanting to be a part of. It was an awesome experience. That whole weekend felt like going to college for my race career.”
Sheridan has garnered praise from fans and fellow racers alike during his 2018 campaign, impressing with his time spent with the APC United Late Model Series.
“We’ve had an awesome year right from the start,” notes the Mt. Brydges, ON native. “I’m at the point right now where I really believe we’re better and better every time we pull the car out of the trailer.”
“I’m picking up little nuances with every race,” adds Sheridan. “The more time I spend in the car, the more comfortable I am with how I need the car to feel and what decisions I need to be making to get the absolute most out of our equipment.”
With his initial opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the utmost best Pro Late Model talent in North America in his rear view mirror, Sheridan is eager to utilize the lessons learned at Jukasa to further benefit his burgeoning Late Model program.
“Our goal has always been to go out and try to challenge the best guys possible,” says Sheridan. “I grew up with my dad always teaching me that racing against top-level teams is the only real way you’re going to get better at what you do.”
“I learned a few things on Sunday that I know are going to make me a better racer going forward. We’re all excited to finish out this season as strong as we can and then start putting together all of the pieces for 2019.”