ORONO, ON – Sunset Speedway star Danny Benedict will hunt for his first career Great Lakes Concrete Series victory this Saturday, as Sunset plays host to Round 5 of the six-race mini-series.
And, as racers across all divisions begin their preparations for the large scale end-of-season invitational events – otherwise known as Ontario’s unofficial Playoff Season – Benedict is ready for the upgrade scale of difficulty that is undoubtedly awaiting him this Saturday.
“Not one race this year has been easy – but they’re only going to get harder and harder between now and the end of September,” offers Benedict.
“Any show towards the end of the season is tough. Those are the hardest to win. So, even though we aren’t in what most guys would call the ‘playoff season’ yet, there’s only two rounds left in this series, so Saturday is going to feel like a playoff race.”
Benedict will enter this weekend’s Great Lakes Series-sanctioned event fresh off of a weekly racing win on August 18th – but, despite his recent run of success in the speedway’s headline division, he knows that the quality of competition lining up alongside him Saturday will be of the highest quality.
“I can promise there won’t be a single driver in the lineup Saturday that isn’t willing to do whatever they need to win this race,” insists the second-generation racer. “If you’ve stuck with the grind of racing a Late Model all the way from April to August – it’s because you’re competitive as hell and you’re way too crazy to quit.”
“Every guy out there isn’t any different us,” continues Benedict. “They’ve all passed up a lot of weekends at the cottage, days on a boat, BBQs, baseball games and just about everything else to be at the speedway – and you don’t make that commitment if you don’t care about the difference between winning and losing.”
While Saturday’s event will not count towards Sunset’s weekly championship, Benedict will still enter the weekend as the current points leader – which will undoubtably add to the team’s confidence when they unload this weekend.
“It’s always nice to win – and it’s even nicer to be the points leader – but the funny thing about momentum is how hard it is to hold onto,” explains the Orono, ON product. “If we don’t follow up (last Saturday’s win) with another good run this weekend – then no one is going to remember what we did two weeks ago.”
“That’s all part of the game, though,” adds Benedict. “This is the ‘what have you done for me lately’ sport. So, we just have to make sure we keep producing results.”