SHALLOW LAKE, ON – After falling just short of a Sauble Speedway Thunder Car championship in 2017, rising star Jake Zevenbergen has impressed in every one of his starts this season.
“Last year was a heartbreaker for us but there’s no question that what doesn’t break you is only going to make you stronger,” says Zevenbergen.
“We were close all last year and it felt like we sort’ve gave it away right at the end. So, when it was all done, we picked ourselves up; dusted ourselves off and went back to the drawing board harder than we ever have before.”
Zevenbergen turned in his best performance of the season last Saturday with an impressive feature victory that propelled him closer to the points lead as Sauble’s season begins to reach its fevered pitch.
“Saturday was a big run for us because it just showed the rest of this division that our goal this season is the same as it’s always been,” explains the second-generation racer. “We want to win as many races as we can and contend for that championship. There isn’t a single guy on this roster that isn’t tough to beat.”
“I know that we have to be at our best every single Saturday if we want to be in the mix for the title at the end of the season,” continues Zevenbergen. “I respect every single driver in this division, but I have enough belief in myself and my program that I know I can give any of them a run on any given night.”
On the topic of Sauble’s perennially competitive Thunder Car division, there’s no questioning the reverence that Zevenbergen has for his competition or the quality of work that his team has invested in order to take a run at the 2017 division championship.
“I think if there’s anyone that’s still overlooking this division then they haven’t been to a race here in the last two years,” insists Zevenbergen. “The [Thunder Car division] feature is an all-out war every single night. Every guy at the front of this field got there through hard work and dedication and they don’t make it easy on you for one lap.”
“Our guys have been working themselves like crazy to make sure our team gets to the next level after last season. We hated walking out without the  championship but the hauler wasn’t even home in the driveway before we were planning out ways to get better for 2018. That’s what it takes to succeed here.”We also had a great run on Sunday,in round (2) of the Great Lakes Concrete series,from the back of the field to a P5 finish,which made for a very successful weekend of racing.”