Column By: JIM CLARKE / GRAHAM RACING – ORONO, ONT – If there is truth in the saying ‘good things come to those who wait’, Graham Racing is in store for a very successful 2022 season.
Things over the last 2 seasons didn’t go exactly as planned but the father and son duo of Craig and Brandt Graham from Orono, Ontario is ready for the next challenge in their Dirt Late Model racing plans. Their No. 98 and No. 14 Rocket Chassis machines are being prepped for an ambitious schedule of more than 25 events on both sides of the border that they’re hoping will get underway Wednesday, April 13th at Delaware International Speedway. Craig Graham says it’s a great feeling to think that the team will actually get to do some extensive travelling this year.
“This year’s schedule is very close to the one we had planned to follow in 2021 before the border closures forced us to find shows closer to home,” admitted the driver. “Brandt and I have maintained a positive attitude and the crew is very close to having both cars ready for the season’s first green flag. We’re counting the days to the opening round of the year and putting our gear through its paces.”
In addition to hitting as many of the RUSH and NLMA Late Model tour events as possible, Graham Racing will also be part of the regular season shows at Humberstone Speedway and chase the checkered flag at some of the late season special events. Even with dirt track action the primary focus for the team, the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend will see a return to the familiar asphalt layout at Peterborough Speedway where Brandt Graham logged a 6th place finish in his 2021 Autumn Colours Classic Late Model debut.
“Peterborough Speedway is less than an hour from home so it’ll be great to get back there again for Autumn Colours,” Brandt Graham said. “I had some good runs there in our Mini Stock and strong performances with the Sportsman Series ride. Depending on what’s happening with other tracks in the area, it may be our ‘go to’ destination if another show is rained-out.”