MILTON, ON – Former Sunset Speedway Mini Stock champion Eric Yorke fashioned his first feature win of the young 2017 season at last weekend’s Spring Velocity event. This Saturday, Yorke will return to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition at Sunset, with the goal of harnessing the momentum generated by his heralded Invitational victory.
“I was about half speechless when I jumped out of the car [on Monday],” smiles Yorke. “I mean, that’s a big win for us. That was a really good field of cars and the ‘Spring Velocity’ has become one of those shows that every team wants to win. It was huge for us”
The Milton, ON veteran has made it clear since the closing of the 2016 campaign that his family-operated effort would return to Sunset in 2017 with nothing less than a championship on their mind. However, Yorke admits the occasional victory over a talent-laden field carries certain elements of reassurance.
“It just tell us that we’re doing something right,” explains the multi-time Sunset Speedway winner. Our entire group knows that we’re here every Saturday to win another championship. But, to do that, it takes a lot of time and a lot of effort. So if we’re able to come out here and win a race or two every once in a while, it tells us that all of our time and effort is going towards something”
Despite the euphoria that came with their Spring Velocity win, Yorke notes the team wasted little time returning to work in preparation for Saturday’s weekly event.
“Winning is always going to be an amazing feeling but you can’t get too comfortable,” nods the soft-spoken favourite. “We’re not going to stop working just because we had one good run. One win isn’t what we put this program back together for”
“Any other team in the pits that takes their program even half-seriously went home after the weekend and got back to the drawing board,” adds Yorke. “And, those are the guys we have to beat, so we went back to the drawing board too. We’ve been brainstorming all week on how to make this car even better and that’s what we’re going to keep doing all season.”