BELMONT, ON – On the heels of clinching two Delaware Speedway Super Stock championships in the last four years, multi-time feature winner Gary Adriaensen has announced that his Dowler-Karn-sponsored program will contend for Delaware Speedway Pro Late Model Rookie of the Year honours in 2019.
“We left (Delaware Speedway) after championship night feeling as though we needed a new challenge for next season,” explains Adriaensen. “I’ve been racing for nineteen years and I’ve never felt this kind of excitement. This is huge for our team.”
“You sit in the stands your whole life and watch the Late Model division and never think you’ll get the chance to get out there with them,” continues the Belmont, ON native. “Dowler-Karn stepped up huge to help make this happen. I can’t thank them enough. As far as sponsors go, they’ve gone above and beyond for me for ten years now and it’s hard to explain how fortunate that makes me feel.”
With 5 victories and 21 top-5 finishes in 23 starts this year, Adriaensen exits the Super Stock ranks as one of the most notable contenders in recent Delaware history and, moving forward into the speedway’s headline Pro Late Model division, hopes to one day establish the same reputation against some of the province’s best.
“I was incredibly proud of what we built with our Super Stock program – but none of that happened by accident, and none of it happened overnight,” notes Adriaensen. “We have to crawl before we walk – but we aren’t dreaming about being there to just be an ‘also ran’.”
“We believe in our team and where we can go,” adds the freshman contender. “I have all the respect in the world for the guys that are on this (Pro Late Model) roster. It’s going to be about long nights and research right from the start – and if we put in the work, we’re going to end up with something we can get excited about.”
In addition to a fulltime Delaware Speedway campaign, Adriaensen hopes to enter a select number of APC United Late Model Series races as well as the second annual Canadian Short Track Nationals at Jukasa Motor Speedway.
“The goal is to put as many laps under our belt as possible,” details the well-spoken competitor. “Delaware’s weekly division is definitely going to be our main focus, but I know that racing with the (APC United Late Model Series) tour as much as possible is only going to make us better in the long run.”
“And, Jukasa is just one of those deals that you can’t stay away from. If we can just qualify for that show – in our first year – it would absolutely blow me away. Being on that starting grid for the (Canadian Short Track) Nationals is absolutely a huge goal for us in 2019. We’re excited for every minute of this challenge.”
Gary’s racing season wouldn’t be made possible without the commitment made by;
Bumper to Bumper
London Drive Systems
Doxtator Property Maintenance
Michelle Crosby – Investors Group
Fastenal and Cabral Racing Promotions