COLDWATER, ON – After an extended off-season due to the COVID19 pandemic’s stranglehold on mass gatherings, up-and-comer Jade Franklin will have the opportunity to knock the proverbial rust off this Saturday when Flamboro Speedway plays host to the inaugural ‘Operation Green Flag’ event.
The 60-lap Pro Late Model portion of the June 20th show will be split into two 30 lap segments and is expected to draw some of the top names in the division from all across Ontario.
“At this point our team was ready to jump at any chance to go racing – no matter what division it was,” stated Franklin. “Our off-season has been spent working on the (Limited Late Model) we were planning on running fulltime at Sunset (Speedway), but as soon as word of this Pro Late (Model) deal came out, we pretty much dropped everything to get our other car ready for Flamboro.”
Indeed, Franklin was anticipating the 2020 season to be a breakout of sorts in Sunset Speedway’s weekly Limited Late Model division after having announced a brand new partnership with multi-time event winning car owner Eldon Wallis and 2019 track champion Rick Spencer- Walt.
However, with Sunset’s 2020 season on an indefinite hold, a refocusing on his family-owned team’s Pro Late Model outfit was an easy decision to make.
“Our whole team has worked so hard this Winter that it’s going to be amazing just to see the fruits of that labour,” explains the Coldwater, ON native. “We’ve been spending every free hour we have in the shop for the last six months and we’re excited just to showcase this new version of our team.”
Franklin will upload at Flamboro in search of his first career Pro Late Model triumph. And, while his first two seasons of Late Model competition had not resulted in a trip to victory lane, the former Super Stock standout credits his first two years in the division with providing him a wealth of knowledge of what to do – and, perhaps more importantly – what not to do, to get the most out of his equipment.
“You learn how to be patient and how to pick your spots properly when you’re racing against top-tier teams week-in and week-out,” offers Franklin. “That’s part of the mindset we’re bringing to Flamboro with us. We look at the entry list and, don’t get me wrong, it’s stacked as hell, but we aren’t intimidated at all.”
“All we’ve done since we’ve had a Pro Late (Model) in our shop is swim in the deepest waters we can find. We’ve been on the road with the APC (United Late Model Series) tour running against the toughest guys out there. So, we’ll be ready to battle the best teams in the province this weekend. I can’t wait.”
Jade Franklin’s entry for June 20th’s ‘Operation Green Flag’ will be fueled by Caldecott Millwright Services, Praxair of Barrie, Mighton’s Welding & Mechanical Services, North River Motorsports, Redline Signs & Apparel and Cabral Racing Promotions.