OSHAWA, ON – Although terminal engine woes kept his No. 63 from Ontario Modified Racing Series victory lane at Sunset Speedway last weekend, ‘JBJ’ John Baker Jr. has worked tirelessly through the week to ensure his family-owned operation will be ready for the tour’s event at Peterborough Speedway on Saturday.
“We had a little engine trouble at Sunset but it’s nothing that’s going to stop us,” shrugs Baker. “Little bumps in the road have never been enough to make us pack up our stuff and stay home”
“We got the car back to the shop on Monday and we haven’t stopped working to be ready for Peterborough. We’ll be there – don’t worry”
A multi-time Peterborough Speedway feature winner, Baker will no doubt enter the OMRS event as an early favourite to head to victory lane.
“Peterborough’s a driver’s racetrack,” observes Baker when asked his opinion on the facility.
“It’s not an easy place to go play. It’ll beat you up, for sure. It’s tough to pass and it’s a place that really doesn’t suffer fools. If you get in over your head, you’re definitely going to end up paying for it”
Having spent the majority of his career in the Thunder Car ranks at Peterborough, Mosport and Kawartha, JBJ has settled into the Open Wheel Modified ranks over the course of the last two seasons. However, despite his early success, Baker insists the best is still yet to come.
“Every time you see me in this [Open Wheel] Modified – I’m going to be a little better than I was the time before,” says the second-generation competitor.
“We’re still just scratching the surface of what this team can put together in a Modified,” adds the Oshawa, ON native. “We listen to a lot of the guys that have been racing these cars a lot longer than us. We’ve been watching the teams that are always at the front. It’s amazing what you can learn if you just pay attention”
“We still have so many ideas that we want to try this season. I’m more confident in this car now than I’ve ever been, and if I can keep that going we’re just going to keep improving.”