HAMBURG, NY – Former Sunset Speedway Ltd. Late Model feature winner Scott Wylie will be competing on Canadian soil for the first time in 2018 this Saturday, as the Race of Champions Modified Tour hits Jukasa Motor Speedway for the inaugural Great Canadian 100.
“Ontario was my home away from home for over two years – so it’s absolutely a huge understatement for me to say I’m excited to go back racing there,” smiles Wylie.
“I’d be looking forward to racing in Canada regardless of what we were bringing – but I’m especially excited because I know we have a package that can win at Jukasa,” continues the Hamburg, NY native. “This is a race that has been circled on the shop calendar for months. The first ROC race at Jukasa is one that every heavy hitter on this tour wants to win.”
And, while Wylie is understandably excited to hit the track at Jukasa for the first time, he’s also mindful of just how much strategy and – at times – good fortune will be required to make it all the way to the end with a competitive piece.
“Anytime you’re racing a track that fast for the first time there are going to be all sorts of ways to throw your day away,” opines Wylie. “Nobody really knows how these cars are going to react late in a run there. So, there’s an element of the unknown that we’re all going to have to deal with.”
“On top of that – it’s big, it’s fast and that means that it’s not going to let you make many mistakes,” continues the fan favourite. “We just have to hope that we can dodge any of the chaos that breaks out. Because, if you end up in the wall there, there’s a good chance you’ll be in the market for a whole new car as opposed to a few new pieces.”
Wylie will be behind the wheel of the lauded Booker Motorsports No. 88 and is confident that the setup designed by Crew Chief and Team Manager Billy Putney will be exactly what the team needs to remain in contention all day long.
“I think what makes us so good as a team is how versatile we can be,” offers ‘The American Dream’. “Billy and I have really gelled since we’ve started working together. It’s very refreshing. He’s really able to figure out exactly what the car needs and exactly what I want as a driver – and puts it all together in a package that keeps us competitive week-in and week-out.”
“We’ve absolutely had the opportunity to show off how good our flat track and bullring stuff is and now we get to showcase our big-track program,” continues Wylie. “We see this as the ultimate opportunity to make an impression as a team. There are going to be a lot of eyeballs on this event and we’re going to show them the absolute best of us.”