SHALLOW LAKE, ON – Multiple-time Sauble Speedway feature winner Jake Zevenbergen will make his first start of 2020 this Saturday, as his race team readies for their first ever appearance at Flamboro Speedway.
“There are some nerves associated with this Saturday – I’m not gonna lie,” admits Zevenbergen. “It’s been more than nine months since I’ve been in the car and now we’re going to get our first start of the season at a track I’ve never raced at before. That’s a lot to try and prepare for”
“My number one goal for Saturday is to try and make the most of those afternoon practice sessions,” adds the likable driver. “If I can find the rhythm of the place early, I feel like I can make the little adjustments necessary to try and get us up front. We have a really good car, this Saturday is going to be all about whether or not the driver can get the best out of it.”
The $1,200-to-win purse would mark the largest one-day prize of Zevenbergen’s career, but in order to lay claim to it he’ll have to outrun a field full of some of the toughest Super Stock competition in Ontario.
“I can’t give (Flamboro) enough credit for trying to get something going in Ontario racing,” quips Zevenbergen. “I was genuinely beginning to wonder if any racing was going to happen at all this season because of the pandemic. As soon as the word of this event came out, I was interested. I couldn’t file my entry fast enough.”
“I’ve watched as many on-board videos as I can find and taken a look at photos from every corner of the speedway and it looks a lot like a stretched out version of Sauble (Speedway) to me,” adds the Shallow Lake, ON racer. “Our family has won a lot of races at Sauble, so I’m hoping I can get the hang of Flamboro in a hurry.”
Saturday’s invitational offers a rare reprieve from the hiatus that has placed Ontario short track racing in a holding pattern and Zevenbergen intends on taking full advantage of what might be one of his only chances to race all season.
“It’s going to feel amazing to go back racing,” smiles the third-generation racer. “That feeling of fulfillment from a good night at the track can’t really be replicated by anything else. I don’t think our team is the only one that uses this hobby as an escape from everything else. We plan on getting to the track early and leaving late on Saturday – we’re going to enjoy every minute of the normalcy.”
Jake Zevenbergen’s Flamboro Speedway is made possible thanks to Barnard’s, Bear Wheel and Brake, Rogers Enterprise, Freeman The Treeman, Doug and Tricia Pool of ReMax and Owen Sound Ledgerock.