GUELPH, ON – After having competed only sporadically since a 2014 season spent with the APC United Late Model Series, veteran Mike Bentley will return to weekly competition this year – as he looks to chase down the 2018 Flamboro Speedway Pro Late Model championship.
However, after three years largely spent on the sidelines, Bentley is considered still to be one of the team’s to beat on the talent-laden Flamboro Speedway roster.
“What matters most is your attitude and confidence level,” says Bentley. “People have the right to predict whatever they want. If they think we have a chance at winning some races – that’s awesome. And, if they don’t, then we just get to come out and prove them wrong. It doesn’t bother me at all.”
Similar to his most recent APC United Late Model Series tenure, Bentley will once again find himself behind the wheel of a Grand American Race Cars chassis, with the intention of winning his first career Pro Late Model championship.
“We’ve already won a [Sunset Speedway] Limited Late Model championship – so we definitely want a Pro Late [Model] title to go with it,” says ‘Lights Out’. “I can’t wait to get back to the grind of weekly racing. It’s exciting. I know that we have an awesome piece and the best team I could ask for. We’re planning on giving the rest of these guys some problems this year.”
Fans and observers are already crediting the 2018 roster with one of the best in recent Flamboro Speedway history – a feat that Bentley feels is well-deserved.
“Flamboro deserves a ton of credit for how they’ve built their [Pro Late Model] division up,” explains the second-generation racer. “Our team wanted to come back here because we want to race with the best. And, as far as weekly stuff goes, Flamboro’s roster is the toughest around right now.”
“The rest of these teams are going to make sure we’re in the shop early in the morning until late at night,” continues Bentley. “With a little bit of luck, I know that we can be in contention for a top-5 every night. That’s our goal – without question.”