The com­pany you keep

Dy­lan Evoy joins elite com­pany by win­ning his third Sports­man ti­tle at the BOS

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - SPORTS - JONATHON BRODIE

Dy­lan Evoy isn’t get­ting a big head. He should, but he as­sures he isn’t.

Two week­ends ago the 24-yearold Brockville driver joined elite com­pany by put­ting his name along­side Randy Gaudet and Shane Pecore as the only three-time Sports­man di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons at the Brockville On­tario Speed­way.

Evoy won his lat­est ti­tle by beat­ing out Ryan Scott by 16 points in the stand­ings.

You could ex­cuse Evoy if he did some chest puff­ing th­ese days, but he’s do­ing any­thing but that.

The sport can hum­ble a driver pretty quickly, said Evoy. You never know when some­thing will bust on you and you’re not able to fin­ish a race.

“You def­i­nitely don’t want to brag it up too much be­cause week to week things can change pretty quick,” said Evoy.

Of course, though, those things didn’t hap­pen to Evoy all sea­son and he could have earned him­self the moniker Mr. Con­sis­tency with the way he was driv­ing at his home­town track in 2017. He earned just three wins this year and he’s picked up more check­ered flags in past sea­sons, but this time around he didn’t have a DNF against his record.

In fact, in a Sports­man di­vi­sion steeped with tal­ent, Evoy was the only driver to fin­ish in the top-10 in ev­ery start, go­ing 14-for-14. There was a hefty 13 driv­ers that started in a dou­ble-digit amount of races in the Sports­man class this year.

Evoy’s worst fin­ish this sea­son was ninth place and in that race he crossed the fin­ish line with a flat tire.

“Ba­si­cally, it’s tak­ing the worst sit­u­a­tions and mak­ing the most out of them. We were able cap­i­tal­ize on a lot of stuff,” said Evoy about this sea­son’s suc­cess and com­bin­ing his an­swer with a spe­cial shout to his spon­sors Ogilvie’s Auto & Fleet, AC Tow­ing, 1000 Is­lands RV Cen­tre, Up­per Canada Elec­tri­cal, Plooy’s Plumb­ing and Heat­ing, Fire­ball Au­to­mat­ics, Cana­dian Tire Brockville, True­speed In­ter­net, MIE Au­to­body, Evoy’s Garage-Na­pa­nee, Ge­n­e­sis Racing Shocks, Bick­nell Racing Prod­ucts and Linde. “You can al­ways do more. There will al­ways be some­one who will come around and ba­si­cally grab more cham­pi­onships.”

At least for now, Evoy is that some­one who is com­ing around and grab­bing more cham­pi­onships.

Win­ning ti­tles doesn’t get old, but the lat­est cham­pi­onship def­i­nitely isn’t as ex­cit­ing as the first one, Evoy ad­mit­ted. You’re go­ing from get­ting the crown for the first time to do­ing ev­ery­thing you can to try to hang onto it.

Evoy won his first ti­tle in 2010 as a 17-year-old. He fol­lowed it up in 2014 with an­other one and his 2017 cham­pi­onship puts him in the BOS record book.

In a lot of ways Evoy is still like that teen that first won who dared to push the pace and earn ev­ery­thing he got, whether it’s on the track for a thrilling win or off it and look­ing for spon­sors.

There is one big thing that has changed in Evoy from his first points ti­tle to his re­cent one and it’s the one thing time is cer­tain to give a driver who eats, sleeps and breathes racing.

“Pretty much just ex­pe­ri­ence,” Evoy said. “Ba­si­cally I’ve had 10 years do­ing the racing thing and get­ting to know what I need.”

As of right now, Evoy seems non­com­mit­tal as to what ex­actly his sea­son will look like next year, which is prob­a­bly fair con­sid­er­ing this sea­son hasn’t fin­ished for him as he’s get­ting ready to com­pete in the North­east Fall Na­tion­als at the BOS on Oct. 13 and 14.

“I have to wait to see what our sched­ule is like,” Evoys said about the 2018 sea­son. “Prob­a­bly, if we can’t do any­thing with the 358, we might just keep it low-key rid­ing in the Sports­man. Just hit and miss tracks around and do a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing.”

There is at least one thing he has his sight on in the fu­ture.

“Down the road we’ll prob­a­bly grab an­other one (ti­tle) here or there or try to aim for that kind of thing,” Evoy said.

FILE PHOTO Dy­lan Evoy made Brockville On­tario Speed­way his­tory by win­ning his third Sports­man ti­tle at the track.

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