When Dale Shaw entered the Pro Late Model ranks at Flamboro Speedway, his first year didn’t go smoothly as it included plenty highlights.
“My rookie year was tough but learned a lot of lessons,” he commented. “First night out, I finished sixth. Then the next week, I needed a new front clip and rear clip – just great. Got some solid finishes as year went on and put me in good shape for this year.”
Shaw used those lessons to pick up his first career Late Model feature victory this year and finish in the top five of Flamboro’s points.
This coming year, Shaw is looking to take that success to the next level and beat the likes of Shawn Chenoweth, Paul Howse and his dad Jason for the championship.
Though a new year brings new challenges, including a mini-series that Flamboro Speedway and Delaware Speedway are putting on.
“Looking forward to it,” he commented. “Haven’t been to Delaware in a couple years – went to watch, never to competed there. There’s a lot of pressure for us to perform, but need to do a lot of work.”
A lot of people are expecting Shaw to perform well due to the success of the family throughout the years in racing.
When asked about the biggest piece of racing advice he has been given by his dad Jason, Shaw answered, “Probably most important advice is saving the tires in a long race.”
Shaw used that advice to his advantage to run well in both Sauble’s Beat the Heat 150 and Peterborough’s Autumn Colors Classic. Shaw says he can attribute his success in the invitationals due to how tough of a track Flamboro is.
“I’ve turned 1000 laps and it’s the toughest track to figure out,” he commented.
Shaw will look to figure things out better than the competition come May as he goes for his first series championship.