OSHAWA, ON – After turning in a dominating 2016 Ontario Modified Racing Series season, popular short track mainstay John Baker Jr. has been held Feature winless,Through the first half of his 2017 campaign. And while such a skid has been enough to rattle veteran competitors in the past, ‘JBJ’ is approaching it with the same poise, wit and class that have made him a province-wide favourite over the course of the last decade and a half” We have picked up a few Heat wins,Says Baker, But we are definitely do for that win at the end of the Night” .
‘’Things aren’t always going to be roses in racing,” offers the Oshawa, ON product with a laugh. “You can’t win every time you back off the trailer. We know that”.
“There have been a few night this season where we’ve been looking for a little more speed and scratching our heads, but that’s all part of the game. We’re not anywhere close to giving up. This is part of the puzzle. You have to remember it’s supposed to be fun”.
Following the success earned in 2016, Baker’s family-run operation decided to head in a different direction for 2017 and dedicated their off-season to designing something a little different to hit the track with this year.
‘’This is a brand new car for us, so we’re just working through some growing pains right now,” says the multi-time Mosport Speedway champion. “I’m fine with taking a few weeks to figure things out if it means we’re going to be that much better in the second half of the season. This is a small step backwards to take three big steps forward”.
For Baker, working to find a way to unlock a car’s potential is every bit as enjoyable as the moments spent hoisting trophies and clearing post-race inspection, which is something he’s looking to pass down to his son Brock as they tackle the 2017 OMRS tour.
‘’I’ve never really been afraid to take risks and try new things in this sport,’’ shrugs the second-generation racer. “You can’t go your whole life looking to avoid doing things the hard way. Sometimes you just have to roll up your sleeves and work through it – and that’s exactly what we’re doing with this new car”.
“I know that the sport has changed a lot in the last ten years, and I’m not one to judge how other people want to run their program, but I can’t imagine it’s much fun to just cut a cheque and buy something that will get you to the front right away,” continues the fan favourite. “That’s just not for me. It’s not the way my Dad taught me how to do things and it’s not the way I’m teaching my son how to do things”.
“So, no, we haven’t won a race yet, but I can tell you with a straight face that I’ve enjoyed every night I’ve had so far just sitting down with my family and friends and working out a way to improve this piece with every start – and that’s what this deal is all about”.