BRAMPTON, ON – After having suffered through a nightmare 2017 season, Billy Zardo unloaded at Sunset Speedway’s season opener on May 5th with an enviable – and albeit surprising – sense of determination and self-belief.
Zardo turned in a pair of strong performances during twin-feature events on Night 1 of the 2018 season, then followed-up quickly with a 2nd place finish in a 60-lap contest on Night 2.
Seemingly, after just two weeks of weekly Ltd. Late Model competition, it would seem as though Zardo’s luck is starting to turn.
“After the season we had [in 2018] I felt like I was walking around on cloud nine after that finish,” smiles Zardo in reference to his runner-up effort on May 12th. “We lived in the shop all Winter trying to find a way to get more out of this car.”
“Don’t get me wrong – we’re far from the finished product right now,” adds ‘Z3’, “but we’re a hell of a lot closer than we were last year when we were breaking and blowing up every other week. It feels amazing to have something to be happy about again when it comes to this team. The plan is just to keep working and keep dodging the bad luck.”
Sunset has long-boasted one of the most diverse and talented Ltd. Late Model fields in Ontario, and the 2018 edition is certainly no different. However, after close to a decade of competition in the speedway’s headline division, Zardo knows his family-run team is as capable of any of running at the front night-in and night-out.
“Every Saturday is better when you run up front,” laughs the Brampton, ON racer. “When you can podium against a field as good as what Sunset gets, it’s always an incredible feeling.”
“There are a lot of real good drivers on this roster – but they aren’t unbeatable. They’re just guys that take their programs seriously exactly the way that we do. We can beat anyone on any given night if we’re willing to put in the work.”
While the 2018 season still represents a long road ahead for Zardo, the strong start has him feeling optimistic of where he’s headed.
“Things get tougher every weekend, so we just need to keep working and keep trying to advance and get better,” says the multi-time feature winner. “We’re feeling confident right now. Now, it’s all about doing what we can to be faster every Saturday.”