GUELPH, ON – After having completed just shy of a half season in 2017, former Sunset Speedway champion Mike Bentley is working tirelessly to find sponsorship that could see him return to fulltime competition in 2018.
“We’ve been doing our best to get a jump on next season,” explains Bentley. “I’ve been chasing leads for two months trying to put something together for 2018. It’s all I think about every day. It’s a grind, man. But I’m not giving up.”
“I’m scheduling meetings every week,” continues the personable veteran. “Just trying to get in a room with someone that can help our team get back to the track next year.”
Bentley showed flashes of brilliance in his sporadic appearances for car owner Fred Holdaway this season – logging 9 top-10s with 3 top-5 finishes in 11 starts at Sunset as a teammate to former 2016 division champion Taylor Holdaway.
“I believe, with everything in me, that I still have what it takes to contend and win races in this province,” insists ‘Lights Out’. “We had a lot of good runs with Fred and Taylor last season and it was a massive shot of confidence to be reminded of what that feels like. The strong finishes that we had together last year are the reason why I’m so committed to finding a way back for 2018, My goal is to get the Pro Late Model back together and possibly run full-time at Flamboro Speedway.”
And though his body of work has been behind the wheel of a Late Model, Bentley admits he’s keeping his mind open to any chance that might present itself over the course of the off-season.
“I wouldn’t say no to any opportunity,” says Bentley. “We’ve had a lot of experience in a Limited Late Model and a Pro Late Model but if an option to compete with a team in another division were to present itself I wouldn’t turn it down. My focus is 100% trained on getting back to racing next season – no matter what division or where it is.”