ALCONA BEACH, ON – Fresh off of a head-turning season in Sunset Speedway’s notoriously competitive Super Stock division, popular rising star Coltin Everingham is ready to take aim at his first career ‘crown jewel’ victory this Sunday, as Peterborough Speedway plays host to the annual Autumn Colours Classic.
Everingham scored a pair of wins in weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at Sunset Speedway this season, and is eager to take the next step towards becoming Ontario’s next breakout star.
“One of the biggest things that separates me from the rest of the guys is the belief I have in myself,” says Everingham. “It’s not cockiness – it’s just an awareness of how much effort we’ve put into this program. We’re a threat because we work harder than anyone else.”
“I truly believe I’m one of the best in the province,” adds the rising star. “There isn’t a single guy that can unload next weekend and worry me. As far as I’m concerned, we’re a heavy favourite to win.”
The third-generation racer stole headlines all season long at Sunset, tallying a number of podium finishes en route to a 6th-place finish in the division’s championship points standings. But, for Everingham, few accomplishments could ever rival an Autumn Colours Classic title.
“I’ve reached a lot of the goals I set out for myself this season but I don’t think anything could top an Autumn Colours [Classic] win,” explains the Alcona Beach, ON racer. “The ‘Classic’ is the ultimate proving grounds for any racer at the weekly level.”
“It’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing but haven’t ever been able to make happen. We’re going to make sure we change that this season. This is our year. We’re winning the feature on Sunday”
And though few could fault a rising star such as Everingham for succumbing to nerves the week before the biggest event of the season – the Streamline Race Products representative insists he’s more than ready to carve out a lasting reputation this weekend.
“We excel in big-pressure situations,” notes Everingham. “We just find a way to hit that next level when there’s a lot on the line. We don’t get rattled. We don’t get nervous. When the lights are on bright, we’re able to find a level of focus that isn’t like anything else.”
“We’re going to need all of that on Sunday,” adds the fifth-year racer. “This event brings out the best-of-the-best in this province. Those are the guys we need to beat. We’re ready for that moment – and we want it more than anyone else in this division.”