CHESLEY, ON – Second-generation star Josh Stade will compete fulltime with the APC United Late Model Series this season, whilst simultaneously contending for a third-career Sauble Speedway Ltd. Late Model weekly championship. But, before his MEI Paving-backed team can begin focusing on racing for points, they plan to jumpstart their 2018 campaign with a spot start at Sunset Speedway’s Opening Night on April 28th.
‘’Our schedule is full of races against top-shelf competition all season long,” explains Stade, “so the best way for us to get ready for that is to just jump right into the fire at Sunset.”
“All we’ve ever wanted to do is come out and prove ourselves against the best guys around,” continues ‘Prime Time’. “We know how good the teams are at Sunset, so if we can roll in there on Opening Night and come away with a podium finish, it’ll show us just how well our package is working to start off the year.”
Stade also plans to be a fixture with the upstart Great Lakes Concrete Ltd. Late Model Series in 2018 – a six-race mini-series split between Sauble and Sunset. As a result, April 28th’s outing could provide his family-operated team with some vital information from which to work with later this season.
“We’re going to be at Sunset a few times [in 2018] and we’re going to be racing against the top guys on the Sunset roster a whole bunch this year,” notes the Chesley, ON racer. “If we want to perform to our expectations, then we need to make sure we have our Sunset notes in check, and we need to make sure we know all about the guys we’re racing against.”
“There are close to 10 guys on the [Sunset Speedway] roster that can win on any given night there,” adds Stade. “We need to make sure that we can outrun those teams. We’ve been fast there in the past, and our Sunset program has been improving every year. Our goal is to qualify strong [on April 28th] and work our way to the front.”
And although Sunset’s Ltd. Late Model roster is revered as one of the best in Ontario, Stade insists his team is ready for the challenge.
‘’We want the rest of the guys in this division to look at us like we’re an elite-level team,’’ says Stade. “But, for that to happen, we need to be able to win anywhere we unload. We can’t just lay back and be happy with running at the front at Sauble. That isn’t what the elite-level guys do.”
“We’re building this team so that we can win anywhere – and that starts with [April 28th]. We’re unloading with the goal of getting to victory lane. That’s what we’re coming to do.”