The company you keep
Dylan Evoy joins elite company by winning his third Sportsman title at the BOS
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.