ALCONA BEACH, ON – Reigning Sunset Speedway Super Stock champion Coltin Everingham has spent much of his 2019 campaign persevering through a litany of mechanical setbacks, however he’ll look to set those issues aside this Sunday as Jukasa Motor Speedway plays host to the second annual Canadian Short Track Nationals.
The Sunday portion of the two-day show will feature the much-talked about $75,000-to-win Pro Late Model main event as well as a wildly compelling 50-lap Super Stock under-card that has drawn interest from teams all across Ontario.
“This Sunday is the biggest race of the season and I don’t think you’ll find a single racer on the entry list that’s going to tell you otherwise,” says Everingham. “We’ve had some ups and downs this season but none of that is going to matter as soon as we roll through the gates at Jukasa.”
“We’ve won races and we’ve blown motors. But, whatever happens outside of Jukasa is irrelevant this weekend. We’re coming to win this race. That’s it. That’s what we’re there for.”
Everingham is no stranger to performing impressively in high-profile events, though he understands that Jukasa’s crown jewel is an atmosphere unlike any other.
“We’ve run up front at a few big events in the last couple seasons but nothing even compares to what the ‘Nationals’ represent,” offers the third-generation racer. “A big run at Jukasa can make your year but, at the same time, you have to be so careful. Things happen in a hurry there. And, when they go bad, they can break your heart.”
The multi-time Sunset Speedway feature winner broke through to provincial notoriety with his first career division championship last season. This weekend, Everingham seeks to back that 2018 track title up with the biggest single day victory of his career.
“It feels like our team has transitioned so much in the last year and a half,” explains Everingham. “Last year it felt like we slowly went from a team that the rest of the division did their best to ignore to the track champions. It’s been a trip.”
“We haven’t stopped trying to advance our program since then – but we’ve had a ton of issues this year that we weren’t expecting,” continues the Alcona Beach, ON native. “It’s been a labour of love but we’ve worked through every single setback. Now, we’re ready to come out and make a memory we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.”