BRIGHTON, Ont. – August 5, 2016 – Phil Potts got on a hot streak in July and the rest of the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Model division was forced to take notice. Potts won every second week during the month for a total of three victories. The two times he didn’t win, he finished second. In total, he earned 1130 points in the month the most of any driver at the track and is awarded the Campbellford Chrysler Driver of the Month.
Potts now has four total wins on the year after also claiming the season opener back on April 30. There’s nothing different about the Fowl Mood Racing team over the last month that points directly to their recent success, Potts said.
“All the stars and moons have aligned?” Potts laughed. “It’s good luck and hard work. That’s all I can say it is. July, we were lucky. We got our head together and the track conditions were right for us.”
Potts’ new Longhorn-built car has really liked the slick surface provided by the lack of rain. He’s turned in an impressive 11 top-five in 12 starts this year and has not finished outside the top-10. That level of consistency, combined with his new ‘cautiously quick’ approach has give the Brighton, Ont. native a 60-point advantage over Charlie Sandercock at the top of the standings entering the month of August.
“Every week is the same: try to finish in the top-three and go as hard as we can, when we can. Don’t try to pull any bonehead moves. The night I finished 10th was a bonehead move. Don’t put the car in a place where I could potentially be sorry,” Potts explained.
It’s all part of the plan to win his first Pro Late Model championship at his home track.
“I want to wear the wedding dress this year. I don’t want to be the bridesmaid,” laughed Potts, who has finished second or third in the standings each of the last four seasons.
“We are really trying so hard to win the championship. I know everybody is, but we are really trying to do our due diligence. Maybe our maintenance has stepped up because we do go over the car with a fine tooth comb.”
Like any driver, success brings superstition. Potts enjoys an energy drink before the start of every night and every crew member has to give the driver of the Vanderlaan/Brighton Recycling/Indewey Excavating No.29 a fist bump before he can hit the track for the night’s feature. Oh, and don’t change anything.
“I told (car owner) Stuart (Archer) he’s not allowed to change it. You cannot touch the car. You’re not allowed to change a body panel on the car. Racecar drivers are superstitious and I won’t allow him to touch the body. He’s going to have to put up with a wrinkle in the door,” Potts joked.
Potts has enjoyed the racing on the track so far this season, which has been impressive to say the least. A fast car and a few wins certainly don’t hurt in that department either.
“It’s been so much fun to come from the back and go through the pack. The caliber of racing is amazing,” Potts beamed. “We’re racing door to door with guys lap after lap and the body on my car is not beat up. We’re able to lean on each other a little bit, which makes great racing. Nobody wants to smash and crash.”
Potts is hoping for the dry slick track to continue through the rest of the season. He’s grown comfortable on that surface significantly more than the tacky and wet surfaces typically seen at the beginning of the season. Regardless of the outcome, Potts is grateful for the group of people who have afforded him the opportunity to challenge for a championship.
“I have to give a big thanks to all of my sponsors, crew and Stuart. Without them I wouldn’t be able to do this. Stuart puts up with a lot some days,” Potts said. “I’m a typical whiny driver and I argue with him on adjustments so much. He’s doing an awfully good job this year, so maybe I should stop arguing.”
At his current pace, Potts will be doing a lot more celebrating than debating in the weeks to come.
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