BELMONT, ON – One of the most accomplished Super Stock competitors of the modern era will make his first ever Pro Late Model start as a fulltime member of the Delaware Speedway Pro Late Model roster this Friday.
Gary Adriaensen will look to kick off his much-publicized Rookie of the Year campaign with a respectable first performance, as he prepares his Dowler Karn-backed outfit for a full schedule in one of Ontario’s toughest weekly divisions.
“I’m not sure you could describe as anything less than jumping right into the deep end of the pool,” says Adriaensen. “There are a ton of good teams on this roster and a lot of them have drivers just like me that are trying to make a name for themselves in this division. It’s going to be a grind all year – no question about it.”
Although Adriaensen is admittedly short on Late Model experience, he does have two decades of experience in Delaware’s perennially stacked Truck and Super Stock divisions to fall back on, which is something he hopes will prove to be advantageous.
“I don’t have alot of laps in a Pro Late but I’d certainly like to think that I have quite a bit of experience in ‘big race’ situations,” explains the Belmont, ON native. “Our team has won big races and championships in the Super Stock division and its absolutely taught us how to get the job done when the stakes are at their highest.”
“I think I’ll be leaning on that experience a lot this season,” continues Adriaensen. “Our team wants to excel in this division and we want to cut the learning curve as much as possible. That means performing big when the lights are on bright and doing all that we can never to make the same mistakes twice.”