SHALLOW LAKE, ON – With mere days remaining before one of the best Super Stock fields assembled in recent memory takes on Sunset Speedway for the inaugural event of the upstart Great Lakes Concrete Super Stock Series, perennial Sauble Speedway contender Jake Zevenbergen is preparing for what he hopes will be a landmark performance.
The Shallow Lake, ON racer has registered a steady diet of research, hard work and dedication in recent seasons, meticulously cultivating his family-owned program to become one of the top contenders on the Sauble Speedeay roster. Now, he’s ready to expand his reach to Sunset and the Great Lakes Concrete Series.
“Our team has always put our faith in hard work because it’s something you can rely on,” explains Zevenbergen. “No matter what you do, you can’t control good luck – but you can sure as hell control just how many hours you invest back in the shop. That’s what we live by when it comes to this car and this team and doing what we can to beat some of the best teams in this province.”
Zevenbergen intends to follow the entirety of the six-race Great Lakes Series this season. And, as a result, knows just how vital a strong start to the mini-series will be to his title hopes.
“Our goal is to be in the mix all season long as far as the standings go,” notes the blue-collar rising star. “That’s going to be real tough to do if we drop the ball at Sunset and put ourselves in a hole.”
“The plan is to get in, get ourselves a solid finish and then move on to Round 2 at Sauble. We’ll be thinking ‘big picture’ all weekend long. If the chance to race for the win is there, then I’ll absolutely take it. But, I’m not going out there to knock every corner off of our car just to pick up an extra $20 with my payout.”
Long on confidence, Zevenbergen is a multi-time Sauble Speedway winner with a belief in his team that rivals anyone in the province. However, despite his determination, the third-generation racer knows just what type of field will be waiting for him when he unloads on Saturday afternoon.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that Sunset will be the deep end of the pool all weekend,” insists Zevenbergen. “We’re ready for it no matter what. It doesn’t matter who’s standing in our way. We’ll be ready to do whatever we can to outrace them. I’m excited to see just where we stack up against some of the very best guys in Ontario.”