CHESLEY, ON – 2-time Sauble Speedway Ltd. Late Model champion Josh Stade has announced that his MEI Paving-backed team will compete fulltime with the upstart Great Lakes Concrete Ltd. Late Model Series in 2018.
The six-race schedule will split its events between Stade’s hometrack of Sauble and Innisfil, ON’s Sunset Speedway.
“Anytime you can put a season together and contend for a championship – much less win one – it’s a special feeling,” says Stade. “I think that any driver signing up for these 6 races is doing so to win the championship. This isn’t a series to come out for if you’re just looking to make laps.”
Stade is one of many drivers with championship credentials expected to run for the mini-series points, as Ltd. Late Model heavyweights from across Ontario prepare to do what they can to add a new title to their resumes.
“Ontario has some of the toughest and most versatile drivers in the country – so we know that we’re going to have to work hard week-in and week-out to contend with them,” explains the second-generation standout.
“We’re coming to win races and get another championship on our record,” continues Stade. “These races are going to pit the best drivers and teams against one another and we need to be ready for that.”
“It’s a huge motivator knowing how many guys want to win this points title – our team is going to push ourselves every day because we want to come out and show everyone that we’re the best team with the best work ethic on the roster.”
The series events will feature six 75-lap features – a stark contrast to the weekly 30-lap events that Stade has become accustomed to at Sauble. However, ‘Prime Time’ is more than ready for the challenge.
“We’ve done a lot of extended-distance racing in the last three years between our Ltd. Late Model program and our APC [United Late Model] Series stuff,” says Stade. “It’s all taught us a lot about how to be efficient and how to get the most out of your equipment.”
“I think that we can put together a strategy to put ourselves in a spot to win any of these races. We’ve learned a lot over the last few years and we’re going to do everything we can to apply all of that to our package for this season.”