FLAMBORO, ON – Sunset Speedway Mini Stock veteran Lisa deLeeuw finished 8th in the final 2017 championship standings. With two heat race wins to her credit, the season was a career-best that worked to showcase just how far deLeeuw’s family-run operation has come in recent years.
“We came into this season not really knowing how quickly we would come up to speed with a new car,” explains deLeeuw. “I couldn’t have been more proud of our team because we were able to get things figured out almost immediately. Every week we were improving. Every time on track we were picking up more speed”
deLeeuw transitioned from the Ford Mustang her team had campaigned for a number of seasons to a newly acquired Nissan 240sx for the 2017 season and the results were almost instantaneously encouraging.
The Flamboro, ON racer credits teammate and boyfriend Eric Yorke for assisting with the change in equipment and aiding in turning the corner to becoming a perennial contender.
“Eric was amazing all season – I can’t thank him enough,” notes the Flamboro, ON racer. “He knows these cars inside and out and really helped me cut the learning curve when switching over from the Mustang. Having someone like him in my corner is a huge intangible. It absolutely was a difference-maker for us”
Looking ahead to next season, deLeeuw’s team is not yet ready to commit to a plan just yet – other than to say that their familiar No. 84 entry will be back in the Mini Stock division somewhere in Southern Ontario.
“We really don’t know where we’re headed in 2018,” admits deLeeuw. “As far as scheduling goes, I’m not totally sure that we’re going to be married to one speedway all year. We might just end up racing wherever and whenever we feel like. But, that’s a major decision for our team, we’ll make sure to sit down and go over all of our options before we make that call.”