SHALLOW LAKE, ON – After having navigated a difficult three weeks of regular Super Stock competition, Sauble Speedway regular Jake Zevenbergen will look to this Sunday’s Great Lakes Concrete Super Stock Series event as a means to rebuild his team’s confidence and gain some much-needed momentum entering the homestretch of the 2018 season.
“We absolutely need a night to build ourselves back up,” admits Zevenbergen. “July started off real hot for us and we’ve just had some bad luck these last few nights. It’s frustrating, for sure. Because this is the best car we’ve ever had.”
“A high-profile race like this is the perfect chance to remind ourselves – and everyone else – of just how good we can be. We’re going to come and be aggressive, but not reckless, and do whatever we need to get to the front and stay there.”
While Zevenbergen’s rash of recent poor fortune has been justifiably frustrating, the rising star insists that he’s more than ready to shake off the bad luck and turn in a performance for the ages on Sunday.
“When my back’s against the wall and we’re struggling a little bit – that’s really when you see the very best of me,” insists the third-generation racer. “These last two weeks have been ugly for us – but there’s still a lot of racing left this season. I’ll be damned if I’m going to let a stretch of bad luck define our season. Our whole team is fired up to get this win on Sunday.”
When asked what significance the Great Lakes Series has to a competitor working to make a name for himself, the multi-time feature winner notes that the mini-series’ ability to sway public perception is of particular significance.
“These races are important because – if you win – it goes on your resume and everyone recognizes it as an event that’s super tough to win,” explains Zevenbergen.
“There are so many stout cars on this roster that if you can even run in the top-5 then you load up at the end of the night feeling like you’ve done something. If we could be standing in victory lane when it’s all said and done it would absolutely be a career highlight for me.”