OAKWOOD, ON – Super Late Model neophyte Jamie Richardson ended his 2018 campaign with a 6th-place finish during the Ontario Outlaw Super Late Model Series portion of Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic which placed him with a 4th overall in the pointstandings.
The strong run ended an impressive season that saw Richardson appear more and more comfortable with his evolving operation, as he worked to find his footing under the tutelage of his Father-in-Law and mentor Dave Taylor.
“We knew that we had a long road ahead of us when we started out this season,” says Richardson. “Racing with guys like Glenn [Watson] and [John] Cadman and Brandon [Watson] on a regular basis is a huge test.”
“It can definitely make you better – but it can knock you down just as fast,” continues the Second-generation generation racer. “I just had to keep reminding myself that, no matter what happened, we would use it as a learning experience.”
Richardson worked his way through his fair share of difficulties this season, but came out the other end as a more poised and level-headed competitor – an attribute he further credits to his mentor Taylor.
“Dave (Taylor) is the best coach and support system that any racer could possibly ask for,” smiles the Oakwood, ON native. “He helped turn a lot of bad nights into good nights this year. And he also made sure that our team appreciated the good nights even more.”
“He’s done a lot for me,” continues Richardson. “There’s no chance that I would be half as comfortable with our program if it wasn’t for Dave standing beside me this entire time.”
With a successful sophomore campaign in his back pocket, Richardson intends on returning to Super Late Model competition in 2019 – as he continues his pursuit of a first career feature win.
“We loaded up (at Peterborough) on Sunday feeling like we’re closer to a win now than we’ve ever been before,” details Richardson. “We’ll get back to the drawing board this winter and sit down as a team to figure out what areas we can polish up and what we can do to be even better next season.”
“We’re ‘all in’ with this deal,” adds the personable up-and-comer. “Every guy that lays hands on this car really believes that we can succeed against the top guys in the division. We just need to keep working until we get there.”