GUELPH, ON – One of the veterans of Ontario’s perennially competitive Mini Stock division, third-generation racer Samantha Shaw will look for a career year in 2018 in pursuit of her first career division championship.
“I come into every season doing my best not to put any pressure on myself,” says Shaw. “This sport is supposed to be fun – and our team still believes in that. But, we all put a lot of effort into this car, so I’m hoping we can find some speed right from opening night and run at the front of the pack.”
Shaw has displayed considerable improvement in recent years, transitioning from a fresh-faced up-and-comer to a racer now considered by many to be a weekly threat for a podium finish.
“Our team is only happy if we’re on par with the front-runners on the roster,” smiles the Guelph, ON native. “Every week we’re in the shop working on whatever we feel needs to be done to improve our program. Last season was an absolute breakthrough for us – and we’re hoping to build on that this year.”
As Sunset’s Mini Stock division prepares to welcome in a number of off-season rule changes – including the mandating of a new Hoosier Tire – Shaw knows that tact and patience will be more important than ever before.
“I wish I could say that I know what kind of car I’ll have going into opening night – but I can’t,” explains Shaw. “We had a good setup base to build from last season but the new tire rule is going to throw a big wrench into these first few races.”
“This division can get crazy at times – especially with the fast cars starting in the back [of the A Main] most nights,” continues the fan favourite. “You just have to stay calm and deal with some of the four-wide nonsense that can happen as soon as the green comes out. If you get anxious or over-excited – that’s when things go wrong.”
“We’re just going to trust in ourselves and in our equipment. I think we’ve built a team that can contend with anyone on the roster on any give night. It’s just up to me to make the smart decisions.”
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