SHALLOW LAKE, ON – Rapidly improving Thunder Car standout Jake Zevenbergen boosted his hopes for a first career Sauble Speedway championship on Saturday, cruising to his second feature victory of the 2017 season to assume control of the point lead from fellow rising star Zack Casemore.
“Saturday was the kind of night that we knew we needed at this time of the year,” smiles Zevenbergen.”Things are so tight in the standings. We need to make the most of every chance we get. We knew what we needed to do on Saturday – and we did it. I couldn’t be more proud of our team.”
For Zevenbergen, racing has been in his life since his earliest memories, and with many a summer spent in the Sauble pit area, he’s well aware of what it takes to win championships and excel amongst a talent-laden roster.
“If you want to win championships you have to show up in big situations,” offers the second-generation star. “That’s what we did on Saturday. There aren’t that many nights left for us, and we definitely can’t come out with anything less than our best stuff. It’s a lot of pressure – but we’re enjoying every step of the ride.”
With less than a handful of nights remaining on the 2017 schedule, the blue-collar prospect hopes to continue improving as he nears what his team hopes will be a career defining moment – a first ever Thunder Car championship.
“This car feels better and better every time I sit in it,” smiles Zevenbergen. “I think the car and the driver are improving together at the same time – and that’s an awesome combination for us. It’s only going to make us tougher to beat. We’re going to keep working and keep coming with our best – and hope that’s enough.”