ACTON, ON – After registering a top 5 finish in last September’s Canadian Short Track Nationals, Brandon McFerran will return to Jukasa Motor Speedway with hopes of punching his ticket to victory lane at ‘Canada’s Crown Jewel’ for the first time.
‘The Astronaut’ made a lasting impression in his Jukasa debut last Summer, practicing, qualifying and racing near the front of a star-studded field all day long before eventually registering a solid top-5 finish.
“Our team feels confident coming back to Jukasa after how well we performed last season,” McFerran is more than ready to put it all on the line this Saturday. “To think that, when we unloaded at the Nationals, we didn’t have much of a baseline to work from at all. We were adjusting as we went and we ended up finding something that really agreed with our car.”
“This year we have a ton of notes to start from and all of the experience that we came away with last August. I can’t help but feel that’s going to give us a bit of a leg up. I’m expecting it to be a much different feeling than it was in our first start (at Jukasa).”
The Acton, ON racer will drive for Car Owners Kevin and Keara Gallant in Saturday’s 30-lapper, and he credits the couple for providing him with the equipment that he feels can out-duel even the best that Ontario’s Super Stock division has to offer.
“It’s going to be the deep end of the pool out there on Saturday but I have no reason to believe we can’t come out on top,” insists the former Sunset Speedway Mini Stock champion. “Kevin and Keara give me an incredible car every single week.”
“Any time this trailer leaves the race shop – no matter what speedway we’re headed to – I know that we have a chance to contend because of everything that Kevin and Keara have invested in this team. I could never thank them enough for the opportunity – but I think bringing them a trophy from Jukasa would be a good place to start.”
Although McFerran has experienced success at a multitude of speedways in a number of different divisions, he insists that a Jukasa triumph would be an accomplishment of a completely different stratosphere.
“A Jukasa win is the one that everybody wants right now – it’s on a different level,” explains the second-generation racer. “I’ve been fortunate to have won a lot of races at Sunset, Flamboro and Sauble – but I’m not sure any of them would compare to winning at Jukasa.”
“I grew up listening to stories about this place,” adds McFerran. “Then, I got to experience it for myself last year and I’ve been thinking about what it would be like to win there ever since. It would be a dream come true. Without a doubt. This is one that I want really, really badly.”
Brandon McFerran’s 2019 efforts are made possible thanks to the support of Peter D. Laird, Misner Construction, Presley’s Pumpkin Patch and The Basement Store.
Also special thanks for the support from my mom, dad, MacKenzie and Eddie.