Josh Brock is set to head to Winchester Speedway this weekend. There, the Corbin, KY driver will have just one thing on his mind – to win an ARCA/CRA Super Series championship.
It all comes down to one of the biggest Super Late Model races of the year, the Winchester 400. Brock, along with three other drivers, are in a winner take all position. The highest finisher will be crowned the 2018 series champion.
“Our focus will be 100% on the championship,” said Brock. “The goal will be to race what is given to us and to stay out of trouble. It will still take a great finish to win the championship, but the team we have though, we have a great chance of doing that.”
A year ago, Brock wasn’t sure racing this year would be an option, let alone battling for a championship. Halfway through the 2017 ARCA/CRA Super Series schedule, he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and forced to sit out the remainder of the season to receive treatment. After undergoing chemotherapy treatments, Brock was cleared in January to get back behind the wheel.
This year, his first full season with the series, he won the regular season point title and has remained the point leader throughout the playoffs. The 26-year-old driver picked up his first series win and captured five top-five finishes, never finishing lower than 14th.
“I’m extremely excited heading into the Winchester 400,” said Brock. “For me and my team this will be the biggest race in my career and theirs. We have worked extremely hard to put ourselves in this position to fight for a championship. Throughout many years of racing, we’ve always wanted to be in this position. We really wanted to come out strong this year to make up for having to quit early last year due to fighting cancer and come back this year fighting hard.”
Just over a month ago Brock competed at Winchester Speedway for the first time ever. He qualified third and started fourth with the invert and battled hard in the feature for a sixth-place finish.
“I learned that you really have to race the track more than you do your competitors,” said Brock. “We have a solid baseline set-up to start with and I, with Wimmer Motorsports and Travis Sauter as crew-chief, I’m feeling really confident going into the race.”
Championship weekend kicks off for the Super Late Models with practice and qualifying on Saturday and then the 400-lap race at 2:00pm on Sunday.