ALLISTON, ON – Following a somewhat rougher than anticipated opening month to his 2017 season, former MIGHTY Division champion turned Mini Stock rookie Johnny Paradzinski showed flashes of brilliance en route to a 3rd place finish on Saturday.
The fan favourite led the majority of the evening’s feature event, before succumbing to pressure from eventual winner Nic Montanari and former champion Doug Butler on a late-race restart.
“Saturday night was exactly the level of improvement we’ve been hoping for,” beams the first generation racer. “This division is not easy in the least bit. So, for us to be up there running with [Nic] Montanari and [Doug] Butler, it absolutely shows that all of our work is paying off”.
Throughout his frustrating start to the season, Paradzinski has worn his trademark style and demonstrated the type of unflappable optimism that endeared himself to fans throughout his first year behind the wheel of a race car in 2016.
“We’ve just been doing our best to weather the storm,” remarks the Alliston, ON native with a grin. “As tough as our first couple starts were, we knew that if we kept working and kept grinding things we’re going to turn around. We love this way too much to give up – so we just kept after it”.
Now, the family-run team will look to follow up their podium finish with another marquee performance this coming Saturday, June 17th.
“This step up has been a gigantic adjustment,” admits the 2016 MIGHTY Division champion. “It’s probably been even bigger than we had imagined. I can’t say enough about the roster we’re racing against – they’re all very good at what they do and they make it very difficult to make a move”.
“I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded by the best family and team I could ever ask for,” continues Paradzinski. “This is so much more than just a one-man show”.
“We’ve got a great program and stout equipment, and if we keep working the way we know how to, I think it’s only a matter of time before we can put together some more results like we had on Saturday”.