While he might be short in stature, when Mark Watson (#3) of St. Thomas, straps himself behind the wheel of his FT Garage Late Model, he’s one of the giants of the division. Since first competing in the division, he has won a number of features, but is still chasing the elusive Late Model championship. Could 2012 be the year?
The pint-sized pit bull started his racing career on two wheels as a youngster competing throughout the province in Motocross before moving to four wheels in 1994 with a Micro Sprint. Watson captured multiple championship wins at Wonderland Speedway through his 11 year career in that class before making the jump to a Modified in 2006. In just his third year in the Modified division Watson capture his first asphalt title, a feat he would back up in 2008, before joining the Speedway’s top class in 2009.
Watson’s program in 2012 will be backed by Ron O’Brien Remax, Huron Tractor, and Wells Foundry, and championship dreams are on his mind, and thinks the new 12-race championship chase works for his team, as well as a number of others, saying, “The season is so short in Canada, and I think by cutting back from 18 races to 12 will keep the car counts up all season long. We’re looking forward to trying to win the championship, and won’t be travelling, other than Sauble Speedway, until the Delaware season is over.”
In addition to his own racing program, Watson’s son Dylan has been competing at Tillsonburg Indoor Speedway, and of course after every Friday night he always has to answer to his car owner / spotter / wife Heather Watson, a former Micro Sprint racer herself.