KINCARDINE, ON – With a pair of emphatic victories through the first two rounds of the Great Lakes Concrete Mini Stock Series, it would certainly appear as though perennial Mini Stock heavyweight Kevin Bridge will enter Round 3 of the six-race series holding all the cards.
Bridge – a multi-time Sauble Speedway weekly champion – will unload at ‘the Beach’ on Thursday with a firm grasp on the series’ championship points standings and his sights set on running down his third consecutive series win.
“I don’t care who you are, where you’ve raced or what you’ve won – if you can come out and run well in this series it’s going to mean something to you,” says Bridge. “These six races have all the top-end talent you could ever hope to race against in this division. It’s not enough to be fast for just a few laps against these guys – if you want to run up front, you need to be consistent all night long.”
Bridge will enter Thursday’s 35-lap event with all eyes on his familiar No. 17 – but he insists that any expectations placed upon him are a privilege more than they are a pressure.
“The way I see it – once people start assuming you’re going to run up front – you know that you’re doing something right,” smiles the Kincardine, ON native. “It doesn’t change the way I’m preparing for Thursday, though. We know that we have to unload with our best stuff – no matter what everyone else is predicting for us.”
And, while Bridge is aware of the buzz that a third consecutive series win would generate, the veteran contender knows that the key to success against a talent-laden roster is going to be nothing less than hard work and dedication.
“We’d love nothing more than to win this feature on Thursday – but it’s a lot easier said than done,” explains Bridge. “We’re committed to running for this championship all the way. And, if we have it our way, we’re going to keep winning races and take this points deal in style.”
“But we can’t start looking past any of these races,” adds the personable standout. “Nothing is promised to us no matter how much we work or how much we research. We have to put the time in no matter what – but just because we’re in the shop every night doesn’t automatically mean we’re going to run up front.”
“Staying perfect and winning another feature would be amazing,” says Bridge. “But there’s a whole lot of racing to shake out between now and the end of Thursday night.”