Having celebrated his 19th birthday the day before the opening round, the second-generation speedster from Orono, Ontario – who captured the series championship in 2016 – was looking to continue the party with a trip to victory lane. After setting the night’s third fastest time during qualifying, Graham turned-in a strong performance and started the new schedule with a runner-up finish.
“We’d tested at the track a few weeks ago and that gave us some solid set-up notes,” the young driver said. “The rain delay threw us a bit of a curve, but it affected everyone the same way. I’ve never been a root and gouge kind of racer, so while I would’ve loved to get the win, being able to load the car into the trailer at the end of the night without the prospect of heading home with a damaged ride was a great way to get the year rolling.”
The fans at Flamboro saw a great show, as Brandt Graham – who had what most considered to be the best car in the field – ran more than half the main event’s distance locked in a nose-to-tail battle with the #77 machine of Alvin McNicol and while the race outcome could’ve ended-up with the a much different outcome with just a tap of a bumper, the pair raced each other hard; but clean at every turn.
Coming-up Saturday, May 20th Craig Graham will get a chance to return to action with the Pro Late Model division at Brighton Speedway. After spending his entire career on asphalt race tracks, the 44 year-old got his feet wet at the Saturday, April 29th season opener and recorded a 13th place finish in his dirt track racing debut.
“It’s a new experience and I still have a lot to learn, but its also some of the most fun I’ve ever had in a race car,” Craig Graham admitted. “On pavement, you need to be smooth and in control. With the dirt car, you’re breaking the rear-end loose, running on the edge and turning the wheel to the right to get it to take the quick way through a left-hand corner.”
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
Saturday, July 8th: Sauble Speedway
Saturday, August 12th: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, August 19th: Sauble Speedway
Saturday, September 16th: Flamboro Speedway
Graham Racing is pleased to welcome sponsorship support from Goat Transport Inc. to the team, joining Full Circle Automation, Arcade Pools,
J & M Restoration, Hot Rod Swag, Mayhew Graphics and DJD Graphics as this year’s marketing partners.
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.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media