Matt Stone Racing has made significant gains in 2019.
BELOW: Matt Stone and father Ross Stone.
“Essentially what that does for us is turn us into a three-car team from our perspective with two teammates who are both former champions. “So that relationship is what has given us the ability to be able to move our program forward. So we’re still steering it, but that just gives us the resources and the horsepower to make it happen. “We’re all racers and if you don’t think you’re the best out there, then you are in the wrong industry. Confidence is key in those few moments this year. “Although come our actual race results we’ve had
a few things that have not gone our way, like being turned around, our underlying pace on some tracks has given us a very big confidence boost that we do know what we are doing. We are showing people what we can do.” Hazelwood admits racing further up the field has provided him with the confidence boost he needed. “It is fantastic for me as, obviously, confidence grows and that shows in results as well,” he says. “I’ve always felt that I’m more than capable of being able to run with those guys. But to actually do it on a race weekend and start up the grid, it’s a great thing. I’ve always believed that I can do it, and to now actually be able to show everyone else that we are more than capable is a really good feeling.” Stone says the performances Hazelwood has put in this year help change perceptions after the year they had in 2018. “I think this year Todd has proved that he is capable of being on this grid,” he says. “Last year people outside looking in might have looked at the team and Todd with criticism. But I think Todd has shown that he’s more than capable of being on the grid and being competitive. “That is why we always said it is a two-year deal. It wouldn’t be fair on Todd or us to try and showcase our ability in the first year when everything is so new, especially the extra challenges with the car shift. I think he has proven himself.” And Matt Stone Racing is proving itself in the main game. SUPERCAR XTRA
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