MOUNT BRYDGES, ON – Freshman sensation Nick Sheridan went from can’t-miss prospect to division champion this month, cementing his spot at the top of the very same Ohsweken Speedway Crate Sprint roster that he has ruled over for the 2019 season’s second half.
The second-generation standout looked every bit like a star in the making all year long at Ohsweken, with fans and fellow competitors across the province standing up to take notice of his momentous accomplishment.
“It’s all starting to sink in now,” says Sheridan with a smile. “It was hard to even fathom doing this when we started out in the Spring. The more I think about it, the more I realize that we have absolutely put together a Dream season for our team.”
By the time the Ohsweken Speedway points season had come to a close in early September, Sheridan’s numbers were nothing short of head-turning – with the now-champion earning 3 feature victories amidst an incredible 10 top-5s in 13 starts.
“We realized very early in the season that consistency was going to be our number one way to stay in the mix as far as the points (standings) were concerned,” explains Sheridan. “The Crate (Sprint Car) field at Ohsweken is just too stacked for you to flip between good and bad nights all season and hope to race for a championship.”
“(Crew Chief) Rick Burt gave me an awesome car that helped me battle for podiums and top-5’s just about every single time we hit the track,” continues the Mount Brydges, ON native. “We exceeded our own expectations because of how hard Rick and every other guy on this team worked all year. They were the lifeblood of this championship and I can’t thank them enough.”
Sheridan outran fellow Crate Sprint standout Lucas Smith in order to win the 2019 division title by a slim 10-point margin, a feat that he credited to his team’s ability to continually improve from one week to another.
“Our car was better every time we had it out of the trailer and that was the difference-maker for us,” says Sheridan with pride. “Each time we had a Pit Pass on our wrists, we were working like crazy to be faster than we were the week before”
“It’s tough to explain the type of confidence it gives you when you have a committed team behind you. This division changes and advances every Friday, so you have to change with it. I wouldn’t have been able to make that happen without my guys. They deserve this championship every bit as much as I do.”