OTTERVILLE, ON – Longtime Delaware Speedway regular Rick Verberne will cast aside traditional points racing to embrace a far more of an ‘outlaw’ schedule in 2020.
The longtime Delaware Truck division standout has asserted himself a perennial contender behind the wheel of a Super Stock and has announced plans to race outside of Delaware Speedway more this season – beginning with this Saturday’s $1200-to-win Super Stock Invitational.
“Being able to hit the ground running against a stacked field of talent would be the best possible way for us to start our season,” explains Verberne.
“Delaware has switched their weekly shows to Saturday nights this year which is going to make for too many schedule conflicts for our team to run there fulltime for a championship. So, we’re embracing a bit of a change in direction (for 2020) and get out on the road and test ourselves against different competitions with different rules packages.”
In addition to racing as often as possible, Verberne will also serve as Crew Chief for reigning and defending NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion Andrew Ranger as his DJK Racing team seeks to defend their national championship.
“Being able to get on top of the box for one of the best drivers in the country is a dream come true,” beams the Otterville, ON native. “With (former DJK Crew Chief) Dave Wight leaving to start his own team, it leaves some very big shoes to fill. I’ve worked with the team in other capacities for the last three seasons, so I’m absolutely up to the challenge of getting out on the road and working to defend our championship.”
This Saturday, Verberne will set his national championship aspirations aside, as he seeks to outrun a wildly talented entry list of some of Ontario’s too Super Stock talent.
“For (Flamboro Speedway promoter) John Casale to go out on a limb and put a show like this together is nothing short of amazing,” marvels Verberne. “So I couldn’t be happier that the event has caught the attention of some seriously high-level teams.”
“We have high expectations for ourselves,” adds the multi-time Delaware Speedway feature winner. “So, even though we haven’t had a ton of laps at Flamboro and we’re coming out there against some of the best guys in Ontario, we’re not giving ourselves any room for excuses. We’re pushing ourselves to be ready for anything and we’re going to be shooting for the win on Saturday.”
Support for Rick Verberne’s 2020 race season is provided by Spark Power, Ra Watters Graphics, Oxford Pallet, Oxford Civil Group, APX Racewear, Elgin Chrysler, Castrol Edge, Dennis and Wanda Walter, WMI, Blake Painting, Arc-1 Welding, Rack Hunter and Cabral Racing Promotions.