- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Brandon Ward is hoping Saturday night’s PASS Super Late Model 150 Presented By The Gazette-Virginian at South Boston Speedway will be a springboard not only for the rest of the season, but for next season as well. “We’re excited to come here to South Boston Speedway,” Ward said following a testing session last week at the .4-mile oval.
“I’ve won and run well here in the Pro Cup Series. Being able to come to a track that I have always run well at, and with where I think this program is heading, I’m real excited to come to South Boston Speedway to run this PASS South race.”
Ward is optimistic about his chances in this weekend’s 150-lap PASS South Super Late Model race.
“Jeff Day has real good equipment and he has worked real hard to try to improve on this program,” Ward said.
“I feel good about our package coming here and feel real good about the test. We still have a little bit of work to do, but we know the direction we need to go in. “
Ward is in 16th place in the PASS South Super Late Model Series points standings, but he has competed in less than half of the series races. He has one top-five finish and one top-10 finish in his four series starts. Ward’s one top-five finish was a fourth-place finish earlier this season at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C.
“It’s been up and down,” Ward said of his season.
“We got off to a little bit of a late start. I drove some races for New Day Motorsports last year in the No. 62 car and we worked out a deal to bring Kevin Powell on board this year as a partner. That deal came together at the very beginning of the season. We’ve been building on this program all year.”
Ward noted that the team has had some good runs this season.
“We really haven’t gotten to race and test as much as we wanted to, but we’ve had some good runs,” noted Ward.
“We had a good run at North Wilkesboro, N.C., but we cut a left rear tire down early in the race. We were able to run in the top five all night with the leaders, but just couldn’t make up the two laps we lost. We also had a fourth-place run at Orange County Speedway.”
Ward said he and his team are coming to South Boston Speedway with the notion of proving they have the ability to be one of the upper echelon teams on the PASS Super Model circuit. Getting the team’s program on track is the emphasis of Ward and the New Day Motorsports team the rest of the season.
“This year has basically been about trying to improve on our program and trying to get our racecars to the place we think they need to be, do some testing along the way and trying to build our program back to where we need it to be to prove we are back where we belong,” said Ward.
“We need to try to get to where we need to be so that next year we can start the year and really have a good shot to not only be able to run every race, but to win races and run for the championship.”
Ward knows the competition will be tough when he arrives at South Boston Speedway Saturday night for the PASS Super Late Model 150 Presented By The Gazette-Virginian.
“It’s getting tougher and tougher as the weeks go on,” Ward pointed out.
“Tom Mayberry (director of the PASS Series) has done a great job with this series. He’s built this series up so much over the past couple of years. The car count is staying really good, and the competition keeps growing more and more strong every year with more teams coming in.
“In my opinion,” he added. “it’s some of the toughest short track racing in the Southeast right now. It’s one of the biggest short track divisions going. It’s definitely one of the most competitive series going.”
Saturday night’s PASS Super Late Model 150 Presented By The Gazette-Virginian racing program will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
In addition to the 150-lap PASS South Super Late Model race, fans will see twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Cars and a race for Legends Cars.
Practice will start at 2 p.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. A Fan Appreciation event will be held trackside from 5:45 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. The first race will start at 7 p.m.
Advance tickets are on sale through Friday and may be purchased at the South Boston Speedway office.