GUELPH, ON – Former Sunset Speedway Ltd. Late Model champion Mike Bentley will return to APC United Late Model Series action in 2018, after having secured primary sponsorship from longtime partner Up-and-Down Lifting Solutions for a number of Pro Late Model races across Ontario.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to get back in a Pro Late Model this season,” says Bentley. “This is where my team has wanted to get back to for a couple years. Finally putting it all together is a big deal for us. This is an incredible opportunity for us.”
The former Autumn Colours Classic winner has also secured additional support from Mammoet Crane and plans to pursue a handful of select races across the 2018 season.
“We’re going to do as much racing as we possibly can,” explains the second-generation racer. “I’m excited to have these sponsors along for the ride. Right now the plan is to focus on a few APC [United Late Model] Series races at Sunset and Jukasa and the Gold Rush 100 at Flamboro.”
“I’ve been waking up early and going to bed late thinking about this,” continues Bentley. “I’m still working with a few other potential sponsors to see if we can’t find some more partners. As long as we’re signing sponsors, we’ll be able to add more dates to our schedule.”
Bentley raced fulltime with the APC Series in 2015 and has since made only select appearances behind the wheel of a Ltd. Late Model in 2016 and 2017. Now, as he prepares to return to Pro Late Model action, ‘Lights Out’ insists he’s never felt more motivated.
“I don’t think anyone has fought harder this off-season to make their racing a reality than I have,” says Bentley. “That fires me up. I was ready to do anything I could to get back behind the wheel of a car – so I’m definitely not going to squander this.”
“I was worried I was done,” adds the multi-time feature winner. “Now, I have new life. I can’t wait to get our car to the track and start reminding people of how good we can be.” Running for points at Flamboro full-time against some of the top Pro Late guys that are on the [APC] tour will give us a great measuring stick.”