(Coldstream, ON)-If there is one thing that Brady Smith knows how to do, it is win races. The Delaware Speedway driver and rookie of the year is wrapping up his rookie year in the Pro Late Models, and is looking forward to the upcoming “post season” racing events including the APC Six Pack Series finale at Flamboro Speedway Oct 4, and the most prestigious event on the calendar, the 33rd Annual Great Canadian Race, at Delaware Speedway Sept 20, 2014.
Smith, a mechanical engineering student and heavy equipment operator, is a former Champion at Grand Bend Speedway and Delaware Speedway in their Junior Racing Leagues, as well as Rookie of the Year in JCAR Mini Trucks and Delaware Trucks has been winning races since he started at a very young age. Today, at the age of 21, Smith is one of the youngest drivers to ever competitively pilot a Pro Late Model at Delaware Speedway. Winning races and Championships is something Smith is used to. In the later stages of the 2013 season, Smith took his turn behind the wheel of a Pro Late Model, while still battling for a championship in the Demar Aggregate Trucks at Delaware Speedway. After this, a promotion to a faster and more advantageous race operation was in the works for 2014.
Despite winning the 2014 Pro Late Model Rookie of The Year and finishing inside the top 5 in the Championship point standings, the 2014 season has been an up and down battle for Smith. Some late season heartaches have left the race team glad to put the month of August behind them. Smith travelled north to Sauble Speedway for the annual Beat The Heat 150, but failed to finish after a being involved in a mix up with a lapped car causing widespread damage. Smith had tough luck at Delaware as well, being swept up in a pair of accidents that damaged his car extensively, resulting in a lot of late nights making repairs.
The Great Canadian Race will be Brady Smith’s first in a Pro Late Model. The race has been through various changes, formats and race divisions throughout the years, but the names that have won the event race are the biggest names in Ontario short track racing. Names like Leslie, Hanley, Gibbons, Robblee, Keeling, Sheridan, Watson, and Kennedy have made their mark, and will forever be remembered as Champions of the very prestigious Canadian short Track race.
Brady Smith has been very fortunate to align himself with one of those Champions, Jesse Kennedy. Smith sought out the guidance of Kennedy while they shared the speedway in JCAR Mini Trucks. Over the course of the last 5 years, Kennedy has played the role of mentor, and Smith the role of mentee as he worked his way through the ranks of full size trucks at Delaware Speedway. Smith would often be seen in the pit area in deep discussion with Kennedy, both using the hand gestures racers often use to describe the handling characteristics of the race cars. It was clear- Brady Smith was learning valuable information and collecting the tools to become one of Ontario’s elite drivers in the Pro Late Model ranks.
Delaware Speedway’s Great Canadian Race, part of the APC Six Pack Pro Late Model Series, will play host to a plethora of drivers and teams from all over Southern Ontario, including the stars of Flamboro Speedway. The young driver from the small town of Coldstream hopes to have a clean and consistent race with the fenders intact and a successful finish.
Brady Smith and his team would like to thank all of their marketing partners for an outstanding first Pro Late Model season. Dekalb Seed Canada, Farmgate Markets, Mapleview Farms, Ray Williams Trucking, BASF Canada, Lobo Agservices, Ferguson’s Fancy Beans, Fairway Golf Practice Facility, Fishers Landscape Hyde park, Brannon Construction, Spruce Lane Motors, RJ Fisher Trucking, Twilight Acre Farms, Straightline Collision, Artworks by Grem, Pastos Grill, and Action Trailer Sales.
Come and meet Brady Smith Saturday September 20, at the Great Canadian Race Weekend in the pre-race autograph session. Racing for all divisions begins at 2:00pm. Qualifying for APC 100 will take place Fridaynight September 19. You can follow the driver on Twitter @BradySmith39