MOUNT BRYDGES, ON – For those that saw Jake Sheridan’s No. 52 being towed off the speedway last Saturday – at least, what was left of it – following a late-race crash in Round 1 of the Sauble Speedway Pro Late Model mini-series, it seemed as though a quick turnaround to be ready for Round 5 of the APC United Late Model Series at Flamboro Speedway on July 13th would be a tall order.
However, despite damaging the front clip of their lone chassis, Sheridan’s family-owned team has completed the surprise turnaround and will be ready to chase their first career series win this Saturday.
“This might’ve been the longest week we’ve had in a long time,” admits Sheridan. “I‘m gonna spend a long time thanking my team for the work they put in this week. There were a ton of late nights in the shop”
“Mike (McColl) and his staff (at McColl Racing Enterprises) are the best in the business,” adds the teenager. “I’m not sure we’d be ready if we were running a different chassis (brand). Mike and his guys stepped up to make sure we got re-clipped and ready for Saturday.”
When asked his thoughts entering the 100-lap race – the APC Series’ second visit to Flamboro this season – Sheridan makes sure not to mince words.
“After the week we’ve had I think we’re more motivated than we’ve ever been,” insists the second-generation star. “I’m not sure anybody expected us to be ready for this race – so we might as well come out and win it and surprise them twice in one night.”
Sheridan will enter Round 5 of the tour 4th in the championship points standings, 22-points behind current leader Shae Gemmell.
“This is the time of year when every race starts to mean that much more,” explains Sheridan. “I think our team still has a good shot at contending for the championship this year but that’s going to be tough to do without winning races.”
“Winning this Saturday would be a huge gain for us in just about every way. It would be a confidence boost, it would help us in the standings and it would be an awesome story to tell. We’re really looking forward to Flamboro.”