TRENTON, ON – The most accomplished Brighton Speedway Late Model racer of the modern era will set out this weekend to begin his quest for a head-turning sixth career division championship.
And, after a hotly contested 2018 title push, Charlie Sandercock feels as though he has every reason to believe that 2019 will be even tougher.
“With all the work these other teams have done all winter I’m sure that we’ll have our work cut out for us this season,” said Sandercock. “As far as depth of competition goes, 2018 was probably the tightest year we’ve ever had at Brighton and I’d bet a whole lot that 2019 will be even more intense.”
“The division is moving into a real good place right now. The teams that had rough luck last year have had a whole off-season to get their stuff working and the guys that were already tough to beat have had an entire winter to get even better.”
Sandercock and his partnership with Paul Crouter recently kickstarted their 2019 campaign during the RUSH Late Model Series-sanctioned Battle of the Bay Speedweeks mini-series.
The team turned in a number of strong performances against many of the elite Crate Late Model teams from across the nation, culminating in a 4th-place finish in the series finale at Winchester Speedway in Virginia.
“It’s awfully hard not to feel good about yourselves when you’re hauling home after running the way we did against some of the best of the best. I couldn’t be more proud of this team. That was exactly the start that we were looking for and I believe, with everything in me, that we can tap into that momentum this Saturday (at Brighton).”
While the chase for Brighton’s 2019 championship will be spread over the course of twenty weeks, Sandercock understands better than most how devastating a single misstep could be.
“It’s a long season for sure – but you can trip yourself up pretty quick if you aren’t careful. One careless mistake on the track or one week spent on the couch when you should’ve been in the shop can let your chance at the championship slip through your fingers.”
“Every single Saturday is about rolling out of the trailer and doing everything possible to perform to your expectations,” adds Sandercock. “It begins this Saturday and ends at the banquet. Everything that plays out in between all depends on just how far you’re willing to push yourselves as a team.”