Known as one of the most talented young drivers in Ontario, Brandon Watson embarks on his first full season in the OSCAAR Super Late Model Series.
On the opening night at Sunset Speedway, Watson took home the feature victory. It marked his second OSCAAR feature win after winning the 2010 Autumn Colors Classic.
“Hoping to get a few more wins under my belt, maybe take home that championship,” he says.
With his whole family being involved in racing, the Stayner, Ontario driver started racing go-karts at the age of eight.
“My father took me and he also raced too, which got me into racing,” he says. “I just followed in his footsteps. Always knew I was going to race.”
From there, he moved up to the four cylinder class before moving up to Late Model. Watson has raced Late Models across Ontario, winning premiere events. He ran full-time in the JEGS/CRA Late Model Series last season, finishing seventh in points. He also competed in the World Series at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida this past February, having success with top five finishes.
When he is not behind the wheel of an OSCAAR this year, he will be racing his late model. Watson plans on competiting in all four events for the McColl Racing Enterprises Pro Series at Sunset Speedway.
“We have a great car,” he says. “I love coming to Sunset.”
In round one last weekend, Watson failed to finish the feature after mechanical problems despite winning a qualifying heat race.
He also plans to run his late model this year at Delaware’s Canada Day Celebration, Kawartha’s Summer Sizzler, Delaware’s Summer Showdown, Sauble’s Dash for Cash and Peterborough’s Autumn Colors.
For the driver who has plenty of experience already at the age of 19, he says it’s all about keeping your nose clean.
“You never know who is going to wreck in front of you,” he says. “You never know ‘cause even if you don’t have a good car, you can still win ‘cause of a wreck in front of you.”
For their support this season, Watson would like to thank his sponsors Royal Distributing, Knightwork Designs, Barrrie Frame and Alignment, Ken McKinnon and Smart Exchange.