BRAMPTON, ON – Billy Zardo’s no. 48 was a welcome sight on-track during Sunset Speedway’s September 2nd event.
After battling through a laundry list of on-track incidents and mechanical breakdowns that have dominated his 2017 campaign, Zardo returned to competition with a 6th and 7th place finish in last Saturday’s pair of 35-lap contests.
“Nothing comes close to what it feels like when you roll into the speedway on Saturday afternoon and you’re ready to compete,” smiles Zardo.
“It’s hard being away from it. It was a huge void in my life for the parts of the summer where we were on the shelf. It felt amazing to have the car back together and perform well again”
When asked how his team managed to overcome their poor fortune instead of closing the book on 2017 entirely, Zardo wastes little time crediting his veteran crew for returning their family-run operation to the speedway.
“I’ve said all summer that this is the kind of season that’s only going to make us stronger,” insists ‘Z3’. “We’ve been beaten down in just about every way you could imagine this year – but we’ve kept coming back for more”
“I can’t possibly thank my guys enough for working through this all with me,” adds Zardo. “They’ve taken the same punishment that I have and they’ve given the same time and effort that I have to get back here. You don’t get through bad luck like what we’ve had unless you’re surrounded by the best people”
Fresh off of a pair of top-10 finishes, Zardo looks towards Sunset’s final two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events – as well as September 23rd and 24th’s Velocity 250 weekend – as his remaining opportunities to exit the 2017 season with a feature victory.
“It’s felt like we been racing with a storm cloud over us for a long time – but Saturday was the end to all that negativity,” insists Zardo. “We’ve got three weeks to really make something happen and go out on a high note this season”
“We need a big showing more than ever,” admits the Brampton, ON native. “My Grandfather has had faith in me all through this season and the only way I can think of thanking him properly is with a feature win. So, that’s my goal to end the year with.”