BEWDLEY, ON – After having made the move from pavement racing in Peterborough Speedway’s headline Limited Late Model division to a freshman foray into Brighton Speedway’s dirt Crate Late Model class, fan favourite Bryan Sudsbury has made it clear he’s not heading back to the blacktop anytime soon.
“This is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” says Sudsbury when asked of the jump from perennial pavement contender to dirt racing neophyte. “At the start of the year I hadn’t even planned on running full time (at Brighton). I wanted to just start off slow and get my feet wet on dirt.”
“But, once we got rolling, it draws you in pretty quickly,” continues the multi-time Peterborough Speedway feature winner. “We made it out to about 12-14 races and I loved every single one of them. Honestly, I wish I had done this a lot sooner. We could be out there running dead last and I’ll still come in with the biggest smile on my face. This move has put the fun back into racing for me.”
For Sudsbury, the challenge of converting from one surface to another was more than he could even have imagined.
“I’m not sure I remembered to take a breath the first few times I ran the car,” laughs ‘Party Time’. “It takes a lot out of you. More than asphalt racing ever did. When you jump in one of these (Dirt Late Models) it comes with a huge learning curve.”
“I just wanted to finish every night with a car that we could still get in the trailer,” continues Sudsbury. “By mid-season, we started picking up a few heat race wins and that let us know that we were headed in the right direction. We were a little better with every start that we made, and I couldn’t really ask for anything more than that.”
Looking ahead to the 2019 season, the Bewdley, ON native is in the midst of prepping for his first full Brighton Speedway campaign – in addition to following the entirety of the Northeast Late Model Alliance schedule.
“We’re ‘all in’ at this point,” notes Sudsbury. “Our plan is to be at every Brighton (Speedway) show and every round of the NLMA tour.”
“I’m hoping we can keep improving like we did in 2018. If we keep working at it, I’m confident that we can get our first win out of the way. We’re excited to find a way to get the most out of our equipment and see what we can do to outrun the best Crate teams in the province.”