OSHAWA, ON – After having worked through a season of ups-and-downs in 2017, popular veteran John Baker Jr. broke through for his first win of the year last Saturday in Ontario Modified Racing Series action at Peterborough Speedway.
Baker’s struggles this season have been well-documented, as his low-budget team worked overtime to bring a brand new racecar up to speed and recapture some of the overwhelming success they experienced during a hallmark 2016 campaign.
“Saturday was such a relief for our whole team,” says Baker with his familiar wide smile. “My whole family was there. Our friends. Our sponsors. I couldn’t have asked for it to play out any better.”
“My son is getting older and getting more involved with our racing,” continues the second-generation competitor. “And, through our whole year so far, I’ve just been trying to show him that you’re never down-and-out in this sport. You can always come back. If you work at it and you want it bad enough – you can turn any slump around.”
Despite the team’s slow start, Baker maintained his confidence in the face of adversity. Now, with a much-needed win in his hip pocket, Baker knows his efforts this year have been well-spent.
“I never once believed that our team had just flat-out forgotten how to do this,” laughs the Oshawa, ON veteran. “We just needed to sort this new car out. We had been digging all year. And we could feel ourselves getting closer and closer every time we had the car out.”
“Then, Saturday, we hit on it just right,” continues ‘JBJ’. “From that first practice session on-track I felt like it was going to be the night we ended that (winless) streak.”
With less than a handful of Ontario Modified Racing Series events left in 2017, JBJ is more ready than ever to take his team to the next level and regain their winning ways.
“I can’t pretend that this has been exactly the year that we were looking for – but I’m positive that we can control how strong we finish,” says Baker.
“Saturday was exactly the night that we needed to turn things in the right direction. And now, we’re back in the shop to try and find out exactly how we can take that momentum and turn it into something more.”