By Ken Keating
Victoria (ISN) – Jason Terasenko will be joining the fray on June 16 as he is another driver that will be competing in the Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Challenge at Western Speedway.
Jason Tarasenko is another driver that got an early start to a racing career. Around the age twelve, Jason used to watch neighbors Rob Krickmeyer and Doug Grafstrom from R & D Motorsports, work on their winning Hobby Stock. Years later when he lived in Merritt, BC, he teamed up with a close friend and had an opportunity to drive a Hobby Stock on the dirt track and it really started from there.
In 2001, he started driving in the Late Model Sportsman Series at Agassiz Speedway. Between 2001 and 2009, as his schedule allowed, Jason bounced through some Arca races, the Katana Boat Sportsman Series, and West Coast Sportsman Series racing at Vernon. In 2009, he wanted to try something a little different and found his way to Western Speedway and success winning several Feature events and the Late Model Championship that season.
Over the years Jason has raced at several different tracks and intends to race a Harding Motorsports Prepared Super Late Model event in Monroe Washington later this season. They are a step up from the current Late Models we run now but Jason is looking forward to giving them a try. “It was really fun to race in Las Vegas” he says when asked if he had a preference.
When talking about the new Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Challenge Series at Western Speedway, Jason says “Everybody worked hard to put it together and it is going to be absolutely tremendous for Late Models especially on the Island and I think it will be a good design model for other tracks to try and follow.”
Jason is very upbeat about the 2012 Late Model Series compared to what they had last season. This Series will be really good for Late Model racing,” he says. Jason acknowledges the work put in by Steve Copp, Bill Smith Jr., and Daryl Crocker for their efforts to put Late Model racing back to the forefront, Darrell Midgley’s interest racing in Late Models, and the sponsors that have stepped forward to enhance Late Model racing. He says: “Racing at Western Speedway would not be the same without those guys. What they do and have done is amazing.”
Jason has no favorites when it comes to racing but just good all around competition. Jason plans on running each of the Driver Challenge events this season and also to defend his Late Model Championship he won again last season at Western Speedway. He also has an eye on winning the Canada 200 as he has come close twice and would love to add that title to his resume. Up to this point that would place a crowning jewel in his racing career.
On opening night, May 12th, Jason placed in the top five in the first Feature and won it all going away in the second Feature event. Jason’s crew Lesley, Jordan Fyfe, Ryan Medynski and Cody Anderlini keep his Harding Motorsports Impala amongst the frontrunners.
The next race, in this Series will be held on June 16th when Jason and the rest of the stars of Late Model racing will put it on the line to drive to victory in the Keg Steakhouse & Bar Driver Challenge.