ALCONA, ON – Brandon Passer captured Super Stock headlines on Saturday with his breakthrough debut Sunset Speedway victory. The former Mini Stock racer has weathered an up and down start to the 2018 campaign but played every bit the part of a tenured veteran on Saturday night en route to his first ever hometrack triumph.
“It’s going to be real hard not to walk around with a smile on my face all week after this,” said Passer upon clearing post-race technical inspection. “We’ve been working so hard for this. I’ve been coming here my whole life and all I’ve ever wanted to do is get to victory lane. This is absolutely the definition of a dream come true.”
“This is unreal,” continued the third-generation racer. “You can lay awake at night thinking about it. But the real life experience is so much more intense. I’m still speechless.”
After working nonstop to find a setup that worked for both car and driver, Passer couldn’t help but note just how relaxed he felt after knocking the proverbial monkey off of his back.
“We’re breathing a lot easier now than we were the first few weeks of the season,” admitted the Alcona, ON native. “We knew that this was a great car – and we were absolutely putting the hours in to get better – so when we weren’t getting the results we wanted it was hard not to get frustrated.”
“This is the shot of confidence that we needed,” added Passer. “I’m excited to get back in the shop this week and find a way to build on this momentum so we can get a few more wins before mid-season.”
After describing what it felt to stand in victory lane at the same speedway he’s visited his entire life, Passer wasted little time heaping praise on his volunteer crew that has helped him transform from also-ran to contender in just two short years.
“None of this happened overnight – but it was definitely worth the wait,” explained Passer. “I’m the lucky guy that gets to do all the interviews and jump in front of the cameras, but I’m nothing without the team of guys that help me on this piece every single night.”
“There’s not much glory in spending an entire night underneath this car in the shop – but without the guys that do that – none of this would happen. But, with them beside me, I feel like it can keep happening again and again.”