SAUBLE BEACH, ON – Now a month removed from clinching his first ever division title, popular up-and-comer Zack Casemore still has a difficult time expressing just what being Sauble Speedway champions means to his small family-run operation.
“There’s no question that what we accomplished this season wouldn’t have been positive without every single person on this team,” says Casemore. “It says my name on the trophy but it was the furthest thing from a one man effort.”
“It takes a team to win a championship – especially in a division as tough as ours. I couldn’t have done it without my guys.”
Casemore put together an incredible 2017 campaign – earning top-5 finishes in each of his regular season starts, with only a single outing performance ending outside of a top-3.
“It takes a flawless season to win a championship – and that’s exactly what we kept in our minds all summer,” explains the rising star. “We knew we needed to be in the mix every single night. There was no margin for error. We worked tirelessly, man. We didn’t luck into anything. Every night brought us a little bit closer to this championship.”
The outfit managed to solidify their career highlight on the final night of competition, after a season-long tooth-and-nail battle with fellow standout Jake Zevenbergen and veteran Ken Grubb – eventually winning the points title by a slim 3-point margin. When asked of their plans for a possible title defence in 2018, Casemore remains guarded, but notes that the team.
“I’ve given the guys some much-deserved time off but we’re already thinking about how badly we want to come back and defend,” admits Casemore. “Jake [Zevenbergen] and Kenny [Grubb] are two of the best guys anywhere. Beating them this season was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done – and I know they’re going to make sure they’re even better next season.”
“Every guy in this division wants to be on top,” continues the fan favourite. “No one is putting in work to finish second. We know these other guys are going to be at home all winter doing everything in their power to get better. And we’re going to make sure we’re doing the same thing. We’ve got some ideas on how we can get faster in 2018 – and we’ll be in the shop for the next few months upgrading and experimenting to try and go back-to-back with this [Thunder Car] championship.”