Brandt Graham Returns to Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Victory Lane at FlamboroWednesday - July - 2017
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
There is no mistaking the role weather has played in local short track racing this season. Nearly every venue in the province has felt the wrath of Mother Nature at one time or another. When the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series signed-in at Flamboro Speedway – Saturday, July 1st – for the second event of this year’s schedule, the plan was to run a 100-lap main event. Rain changed that idea to a pair of 50 lappers, with points from each segment tabulated to determine the overall winner.
“You have to be ready for almost anything and this team has always been big on preparation,” Brandt Graham said. “When weather threw us a curve, we went through our notes and made some changes to the car so we’d be ready for the shorter distance events. Every time I climb through the window and fasten the belts, I’m confident in the piece the crew has given me.”
After finishing in the runner-up position at the season opener more than a month ago, 2016 series champion Brandt Graham was looking for another strong run at the controls of his potent #14 Chevrolet SS. The 19 year-old, second generation standout from Orono, Ontario appeared to be well on his way to achieving that goal, after time-trialing second out of the 15 starters.
With the traditional fast 5 redraw cancelled, Graham would take the green flag from second spot. Short track racing can be a lot about luck in addition to a well-prepared car. During the first segment, the young speedster needed to dodge a stray tire from a lapped car, then took the lead on the last lap for the win. For the second round, the top 5 spots were inverted. A pair of cars got together with a back-marker and knocked them both out of contention. Graham had a good battle with the #48 and held-on for the checkered flag to sweep the night’s action, adding another win to his impressive resume.
“The team worked hard all night and it was great to be able to take the victory in both segments,” admitted the driver after the event. “There isn’t much time until the next race on the schedule, but we’ll make sure the car is ready for action.”
Following the long break between the first 2 Flamboro Speedway events, the tour has a quick turn-around, with a Saturday, July 8th show scheduled for Sauble Speedway.
Brandt Graham’s 2017 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Schedule
Saturday, May 13th: Flamboro Speedway
Time trialed 3rd, started 4th (after fast 5 redraw), finished 2nd.
Saturday, July 1st: Flamboro Speedway
Time trialed 2nd, won both 50 lap segments.
Saturday, July 8th: Sauble Speedway
Saturday, August 12th: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, August 19th: Flamboro Speedway
Saturday, September 16th: Flamboro Speedway
Graham Racing is pleased to have sponsorship support from Full Circle Automation, Arcade Pools, J & M Restoration, Hot Rod Swag, Goat Transportation Inc., Mayhew Graphics and DJD Graphics for this year’s program.
Follow the team behind the scenes and at the track by checking @Graham_Racing on Twitter and the Graham Racing page at www.facebook.com. Look for www.graham98racing.com, an Image Factor web-site. Clarke Motorsports Communications is proud to support the 2017 season for Graham Racing.
Photo attachment: Mike Kiers, www.cableguyphotos.com
2016 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series champion Brandt Graham celebrates his latest main event win with family, friends and fans – Saturday, July 1st – at Flamboro Speedway.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media