Column By: JIM CLARKE / GRAHAM RACING – ORONO, ONT – Not every racer looks at an off weekend as a chance to relax.
After following RUSH Late Model dirt track events as part of a 2-car team with his father, Brandt Graham sees a break in his 2023 schedule as the perfect chance to find another place to race.
The 25-year-old from Orono, Ontario will load the team’s No. 14 asphalt equipment into the hauler and head to the Double Toonie/Fan Appreciation Night – Saturday, July 1st – at Peterborough Speedway.
No stranger to the venue known as Canada’s Toughest 3rd Mile Oval – where he raced in the Mini Stock division and picked-up wins during his back-to-back Ontario Sportsman Series championship seasons – Graham is looking forward to the chance to race close to home. While the team’s dirt track starts have been south of the border, this weekend’s Peterborough Speedway green flag is about half an hour away from his front door. The driver says he’s looking forward to heading back to the popular Central Ontario oval, where he scored a 3rd place finish earlier this season.
“I had some great runs there earlier in my career and Dad has trophies from his 6 combined Thunder Car and Late Model championship seasons in the shop. Its always been one of our favourite places to run,” explained Brandt Graham. “We made some great friends in our years there and considering this weekend’s event is Fan Appreciation Night with $4.00 grandstand admission, I’m looking for the opportunity to make some new ones.”
Following Brandt Graham’s Canada Day Peterborough Speedway return, Graham Racing’s next date on the RUSH Late Model tour will be Saturday, July 15th at Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Whether on blacktop or dirt, the team is proudly supported by Hot Rod Swag, Arcade Pools & Spas, Beavis Excavating & Haulage, White’s Equipment Service and Training, Chrontario, Dig Tech Infrastructure, GOAT Transport, Full Circle Automation, PJ Larkin Salvage and Clarke Motorsports Communications.