Experiencing his breakout season in the Street Stocks class in 2017-18, Corey Sandow has certainly proven himself as a genuine national threat, after a pair of strong performances at recent title events.
Currently contesting his third full season with the class, Sandow’s approach to the 2017-18 season is one that has no doubt paid off for him, with the Mildura, Victoria-based racer focusing on doing as much racing and travelling as possible, in order to build up his experience against the best drivers throughout the country, as well as altering his driving style so as not to be too cautious on the race track.
Getting his season off to a strong start when he travelled to Alice Springs’ Arunga Park Speedway back in October to contest the Northern Territory Title, which was also his first hit out in his new ED Ford Falcon.
Sandow immediately noticed a positive difference aboard the Vic # 22 car, ultimately coming away with a fourth-place finish that filled him with confidence for the rest of the season.
Recently making his way to Adelaide Motorsport Park where he was one of 122 drivers preparing to fight for the National Title crown, Sandow was happy just to make it through to the B main, let alone qualify into the National Title-deciding feature race.
During what was a turbulent 40-lap event, Sandow somehow managed to maintain his composure and stay out of trouble, improving on his 19th-place starting position to clinch the runner-up spot, while pushing hard to close the gap to eventual winner Anthony Beare.
Once again backing up his competitive form just one week after the National Title, Sandow entered into the South Australian Title at Murray Bridge Speedway with much more added confidence in his car, admittedly driving it harder than ever in an effort to prove that his previous title results weren’t a fluke, coming home in fifth place, after qualifying ninth.
“I can’t tell you how relieved I am that all of the hard work our team has put in over the past few seasons is starting to pay off,” the 24-year-old expressed.
“We’ve noticed a huge improvement in the car this season, having moved from an EL Ford Falcon to the more responsive ED model, which in turn has given me a lot more confidence to drive it how I need to be competitive.”
Having previously raced Junior Sedans for five seasons at the beginning of his career, Sandow then stepped away from driver duties for four years, so that he could focus on his apprenticeship as a mechanic.
Returning to the sport and joining the Street Stocks class towards the end of the 2014-15 season, purchasing an EL Ford Falcon from local Jake Drewett,
Sandow slowly began to travel more throughout future seasons, building up a great knowledge base of multiple different tracks and going up against numerous unfamiliar competitors.
For his next appearance, Sandow will head to Ballarat’s Redline Raceway to contest the two-night King of the Mountain event on March 10-11, along with the remaining MJS Series rounds, where he is currently sitting within the top-five in the overall point standings.
Sandow may also compete in the Western Australian Title at Carnarvon Speedway from April 26-28.
Sandow would like to thank the following 2017-18 season sponsors: Snap-on Tools - Gepps Cross, The Motor House - Mildura, Elite Shock Services, TFC Group, Mildura Crash Supplies, Phil Smith Automotive, SignFX - Mildura, and Repco - Mildura. Special thanks go to his dad Phil, his girlfriend Loretta, and Jake and Daniel Drewett.