By: Ashley McCubbin
After having success at each level of motorsports in Ontario, Brandon Watson will get to show what he’s capable of on the national stage, making his NASCAR Pinty’s Series debut at Flamboro Speedway.
Watson will be behind the wheel of the No. 64 for Wight Motorsports, normally piloted by Mark Dilley.
“It’s definitely going to be exciting,” Watson told NEWS FROM THE PITS. “We did some testing recently at Sunset before the race this past weekend. The car felt good – I mean, it feels a little bit different in the corners, but it feels like a racecar. They were fun to practice so I’m sure they’ll be fun to drive in the race.
“It’ll be a tough race at Flamboro, that’s for sure. It’ll be tight racing especially in those things. They’ll be fast down the straightaways, and then you have to slow them down for the corners. We’ll have to get in for some practice there and see how it feels.”
Watson has proven himself across the province, scoring numerous victories in each style of Late Model, including an OSCAAR Super Late Model Championship and APC Auto Parts United Late Models Series Championship. He has also raced Late Models in the United States, placing fourth in the 2019 All American 400 and fifth in the 2019 Winchester 400.
Unlike the majority of his competition, Watson has a lot of laps at Flamboro, having visited victory lane in both Super Late Model and Pro Late Models. He most recently won the APC Series Interstate Batteries 100 last month, after a couple late-race duels.
“Well hopefully it will help us a bit,” he commented. “Most of those guys haven’t seen Flamboro before, let alone raced at it, so I’m sure we’ll have an advantage that way. Of course, we’ll have a disadvantage not having raced the car before, but I’m sure we’ll pick it up. Hopefully get some practice in – get a feel for the car there at Flamboro and get a good start.”
Being able to get this opportunity is one thing, and right now the current focus for Watson, rather than what may lie down the road.
“I don’t have anything else big coming up so we’ll see how it goes and how we like it. Hopefully we have a good race there,” he said. “It was fun watching the race at Sunset – it was a good race, so I’m looking forward to it. But right now we’ll take it one opportunity at a time and if we get more opportunities to race, then we will.”