LONDON, ON – After a pair of very strong performances in the first two rounds of the APC United Late Model Series season, Pro Late Model rookie Jordan Lawrence has wasted little time establishing himself as one of the most exciting prospects in the province.
This Saturday, Lawrence will look to back up the 7th-place finish he tallied at Sunset Speedway in Round 1 and the 5th-place finish he earned at Flamboro Speedway in Round 2 as the tour shifts its focus to Jukasa Motor Speedway for Round 3 of their 2019 season.
“There aren’t too many speedways in Canada that seem to have the anticipation and the buzz that Jukasa does these days,” says Lawrence. “That alone is reason enough to get excited for a tour race there. We can’t wait to unload and get started.”
In addition to paying regular season APC Series points, the event will also award Saturday’s winner with a provisional starting spot in September’s lauded Canadian Short Track Nationals.
“Our team is always reminding ourselves to take things one day at a time – but to have a provisional for the Nationals would be awesome,” notes Lawrence. “Jukasa does such an awesome job of making every one of their race nights feel like it means something and this isn’t any different. It would mean the world for me to add my name to the list of winners there.”
When asked of his team’s early-season success – Lawrence will enter Round 3 sitting third in the series’ championship standings just 5-points behind the current leader – the London, ON native downplayed the novelty of a rookie finding his footing within Ontario’s deepest division and instead credited the hard work of his NG Motorsports team.
“(Team Owner) Nick Goetz has given us everything we could possibly need to succeed on this tour and APC and Pennzoil have given us all the support we could ask for,” explains the former Delaware Speedway Super Stock standout. “The fact that we’ve been able to run up front in the first two races just shows how well this team works together.”
“We like being around one another and we all know how to adjust and adapt to conditions as a team – that’s a huge advantage on race day. So far, I just keep trying to remind myself that all of this is supposed to be fun. That sort’ve balances out all the pressure that can come with racing against the best guys in the province.”
“This Saturday we just want to keep building on what we have here,” adds Lawrence. “Jukasa is absolutely the type of track where you’re going to want to have something for the end. So, the goal for the first 70-laps or so is going to be to conserve as much as possible. If we can do that, I think we absolutely have a chance to make an impact.”