MOUNT BRYDGES, ON – After a slower than anticipated start to the 2019 season, hot prospect Jake Sheridan returned to the APC United Late Model Series podium with a third-place finish at Jukasa Motor Speedway on June 22nd.
“When we loaded up last weekend it really did feel like we had knocked the monkey off of our back,” admits Sheridan. “We had a good car at Sunset and Flamboro and just didn’t end up with the results to show it”
“At Jukasa we finally got it right. The car was a blast to drive, we made the right decisions all day and we put together a complete race-day. It was a confidence booster for sure.”
This Saturday, Sheridan will be back in action when the series touches down at Delaware Speedway for Round 4 of the tour, with hopes of building on the momentum generated at Jukasa.
“When you’re racing against teams that take their programs as serious as the APC Series guys do you can’t ever get overly comfortable with yourself,” explains the second-generation racer. “We were happy with how we ran at Jukasa but we definitely left there with a list of things to improve on for when we get to Delaware.”
“There’s pressure every time you hit the racetrack on this tour because you know every other team around you is working like crazy to outperform you,” adds Sheridan. “Nobody on tour is going to these tracks just to collect pit passes and check out the concession stands. These guys all want to win.”
“We have high expectations for ourselves this Saturday. I was so happy to have the short turnaround between races because I feel like our team is finding our rhythm right now. Jukasa was an awesome start and I really believe that Delaware will be even better for us.”
While he tallied a head-turning 5 top-5 finishes as a rookie in 2018, Sheridan has not yet found victory lane in APC Series competition. This Saturday, there’s no doubt the teenager will be looking to end that drought.
“Man, we’ve been close, more times than I’d like to remember,” Sheridan voice’s. “But, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.”
“I know that we have a program good enough to win on this tour. I have absolutely zero doubt of that. There’s a lot of self-belief with this team and we’re going to a track this Saturday where we’ve turned a ton of laps. This is an awesome chance for us to finally put a mark in that win column.”
“Delaware can eat you up if you let it,” adds Sheridan. “Having a good qualifying effort is a necessary part of the day, but after that it’s going to take a lot of patience on my part. I don’t want to push things too early and end up running myself over. If I can pace myself, I know that my guys will make sure I have a car that can compete at the end of the night.”