ALCONA, ON – Rising star Brandon Passer is set to begin his second fulltime season in the Sunset Speedway Super Stock division this Saturday, April 28th.
Having acquired a new car over the off-season, Passer is ready to hit the reset button on his family-run operation with hopes of contending for a 2018 Sunset Speedway championship.
“We’re rolling out a car we’ve never raced before this weekend – so I think our whole night is going to be a learning experience,” admits Passer when asked of his preliminary plans for Saturday’s event.
“We were real happy with how our program developed last year but I think picking this car up over the off-season is something that’s going to help take us to the next level. It’s a beautiful piece. A complete different beast from anything I’ve ever raced before.”
Having established himself as a star-in-the-making on the strength of a number of impressive performances throughout the tail-end of 2017, Passer is energized to kickstart his 2018 campaign in a big way.
“You really can’t overstate how important it is to start your season off strong,” says the third-generation racer. “Our whole team understands what we need to do.”
“The plan is going to be to adjust as the night goes on and learn from every lap we put down. I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t pressure on us – but I know that we can come through in the clutch”
However, despite the additional pressure, spotlight and bragging rights that comes with Opening Night, the April 28th remains just 1 of 18 points-paying races on Passer’s 2018 schedule. And, as a result, equipment preservation will no doubt be at the forefront of the team’s strategy.
“We’re looking for a top-5 on Saturday,” says Passer. “We know that it’s going to be a grind, but we have the equipment and the team to make it happen.”
“There’s going to be a lot of good cars there. Anytime you line up alongside this division you know you’re in for a battle – but I think it’s especially true on opening night. We’re ready to work for every inch, but hopefully we can find our way to the front early and not use the car up having to battle through the pack.”