Brandt Graham Finds the Fast Lane to Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Success
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
With family, friends and fans showing their support at every turn, Brandt Graham is enjoying a strong second season of competition on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series. After a freshman campaign that saw him become the youngest main event winner in tour history and take the rookie of the year honours on the way to a 4th place point finish, the young second generation speedster from Orono, Ontario hasn't lost a step and continues to make headlines on the provincial stock car circuit.
"We've run just a couple of races on this year's schedule, but the results have been what we were hoping for," admitted the driver who recently celebrated his 18th birthday. "As a team, we learned a lot last season and luckily we've been able to pick things up where we left off. The hard work we're doing behind the scenes makes sure the car is ready as soon as its rolled off the trailer. That gives us some time to find a raceday set-up that will work once the green flag waves."
The first events on the calendar were run at Flamboro Speedway, where the team tested during the off-season. On Saturday, May 14th Graham finished 6th, while a couple of weeks later, he logged another runner-up effort, leaving his #14 machine in the middle of a log-jam near the top in series points, a scant 3 markers out of the overall lead. Like most racers at any track or with any series, Brandt Graham says the event he looks forward to the most is the next one.
"There are a pair of dates coming-up at Sauble Speedway – Saturday, June 25th and Saturday, July 16th – then a homecoming of sorts Saturday, August 6th at Peterborough Speedway," said the youngster who'll begin studies in the Trades Fundamentals program at Durham College this fall. "The team is still gaining experience and we're looking for a series of strong, consistent runs every time we hit the track."
For 2016, Brandt Graham's Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series team is proudly supported by Full Circle Automation, Arcade Pools, J & M Restoration, Auto Care, Hot Rod Swag and Squirrel Head Music. Graham Racing would also like to thank DJD Graphics and Mayhew Graphics for their excellent design work on this year's car. Media and promotional services are provided by Clarke Motorsports Communications.
2016 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Schedule:
Saturday, May 14th Flamboro Speedway
Qualified 10th, Finished 6th.
Saturday, May 28th Flamboro Speedway
Qualified 1st, finished 2nd.
Saturday, June 25th Sauble Speedway
Saturday, July 16th Sauble Speedway
Saturday, August 6th Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, August 27th Full Throttle Motor Speedway
Saturday, September 17th Flamboro Speedway
Photo attachment: Stephanie Schwemler, Johnathan Schwemler Race Cars www.jsracecars.com
After a pair of events on the 2016 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series schedule, Brandt Graham is just 3 points out of the overall point lead. The tour's next event is Saturday, June 25th at Sauble Speedway.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media