PORT ELGIN, ON – After a long summer worth of close-calls and near misses, longtime Mini Stock contender Will Gibbons notched his first feature win of the 2017 campaign in Sauble Speedway’s season finale Saturday.
“We knew that our moment was coming as long as we just kept working towards it,” says Gibbons in reference to September 2nd’s win. “Our team never gave up on ourselves. This is a real small effort compared to a lot of the guys we’re racing with. We all just came together and kept pushing.”
“It would’ve be easy to just sit home and sulk,” adds the longtime Sauble regular. “But we never believed we weren’t good enough. We always had faith in what we could accomplish. This feels amazing.”
Gibbons ensured to credit Sauble’s veteran-heavy roster for its ability to produce top-shelf racing week after week – despite its relatively modest car count.
“Sauble may not have the biggest field in the province – but it’s real, real tough to win here,” explains the Port Elgin, ON racer. “Guys like [Kevin] Bridge and Cory [Young] are no joke. They’re some of the best anywhere.”
“Being out here with that calibre of talent every single weekend makes you better,” continues Gibbons. “They aren’t looking to give you an inch at all. So, if you want to get one over on them, you had better come with your best.”
When asked if September 2nd’s finale will make the end of his season altogether, Gibbons notes that it’s likely his family-run outfit will enter at least one of Ontario’s post-season events, although their ability to do so is likely to revolve entirely around sponsorship support.
“We’re absolutely hoping to do some Playoff [Season] racing,” smiles Gibbons. “We just have to take a look at sponsorship right now to figure out the ‘when’s and the ‘where’s.”
“We’ll celebrate this win tonight and then start checking on the budget tomorrow,” adds the low-budget racer. “Our family has invested a lot in this season already, and if we want to keep going this year then we have to make sure the numbers work. Expect to see us, though. We’re looking to keep these wins coming.”