Posted on 11 February 2015.
Once they’ve achieve a certain level of success, it’s hard to keep a weekly short track racer away from their chosen vocation.
For Bryan Sudsbury, his greatest motorsports triumph was the 2012 Late Model track championship at Peterborough Speedway. A year later, the 26 year old racer from Bowmanville, Ontario had a strong season, but fell short of back-to-back titles and finished 3rd in the final standings. Sudsbury, who ran a handful of 2014 events in a Mini Stock says that once the racing bug bites, it’s hard to think of anything else.
“Spending a year on the sidelines was the last thing I wanted to do, but there just wasn’t time to put a program together they way we’d hoped,” said Sudsbury. “Racing the Mini Stock kept the fire burning, but it didn’t compare with running your own deal on a weekly basis. Heading into 2015, we’ll have everything set to roll for opening night and should be ready to contend for another championship in a very competitive field.”
Sudsbury’s new hot rod, carrying his traditional #29 in honour of his house number and the date of his birthday is prepped behind the scenes and maintained at the racetrack by the driver himself, his father Brian Sudsbury and mother Judy Sudsbury, Chad Deighton, Amber Karens and Ryann Deighton. Like many short trackers, the go kart and Mini Stock graduate – who works as a crane operator – says the support he’s received from family and friends over the years help keep everything in perspective.
“Both my parents have been a huge backer of my racing since the early days,” said the driver. “My mother makes sure everything is ready on raceday before we roll out of the driveway. Once we get to the track, she charts my laps during practice and the race and makes sure the officials are kept up-to-date with anything that might change from week-to-week with the team.”
Away from the track, Sudsbury likes snowmobiling, off-roading and going to the cottage. He says he enjoys everything about the racing experience, from the fans in the grandstands, his fellow drivers and the track promoters. As far as long term goals, he’d like to run at 5 Flags Speedway and compete in the Snowball Derby against one of his favourite drivers, Bubba Pollard of Senoia, Georgia; a guy he says can really wheel a racecar and also knows how to have a good time.
For 2015 at Peterborough Speedway, Bryan Sudsbury will wheel a crate powered Port City chassis by Dan McHattie Racecars Late Model. The team will be backed by long-time sponsors Alma Mechanical, RLV Masonry, Darril’s Diecast Collectibles, Castrol Canada, Deighton Design, Flash Fire Coatings and Karbelt Speed and Custom.
Like Bryan Sudsbury Racing on Facebook or follow the team on Twitter, @sudsburyracing.
Fans will get their first official look at the 2015 event line-up when Peterborough Speedway will be part of the first ever Canadian International Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 13th to 15th – at the International Centre in Toronto. The track will also have displays April 10th, 11th and 12th at the Kawartha Home and Cottage Show and April 12th through 18th at the Lindsay Mall.
Find the latest pre-season news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com or by liking the track on Facebook or following it on Twitter. You can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.
Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
After spending most of 2014 on the sidelines, former track champion Bryan Sudsbury will return to the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model division at Peterborough Speedway for the 2015 campaign.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media