ORO-MEDONTE, ON – While it could certainly be argued that Rick Spencer- Walt and his Eldon Wallis-owned team did not have the best racecar through much of Monday’s Spring Velocity event at Sunset Speedway, by the time the dust had cleared, there was no question that the squad in victory lane had the best driver and crew on the property.
Spencer-Walt and team worked tirelessly from the moment they unloaded their familiar No. 31, finding speed throughout practice and qualifying, then eventually coming on late in the feature event to claim the opening round of the much talked about Great Lakes Concrete Ltd. Late Model Series.
“I’m more than happy enough to buy a few rounds for the boys after this one,” grinned Spencer-Walt in victory lane. “We didn’t unload with the fastest car on the property – not by a long shot. This win was all about determination and hard work, man. These guys on this team didn’t stop working all day and that’s what got us this win.”
“This team is a bunch of animals,” added the third-generation racer. “They don’t quit. They never stop working. If there’s even the slightest chance of waking this car up – they’re going to find it every single time”
The Oro-Medonte, ON-based racer is likely to exit the event with the unofficial points lead with five dates remaining in the mini-series, although Walt wastes little time in noting just how little his team will focus on their points status when prepping for the next race on the schedule.
“I’m never going to try and say that points don’t matter,” explains ‘The Upgrade’ ,”but I don’t even want to think about where we are in the standings right now. That’s a comfort level that I don’t have any use for. I’m more than happy being hungry and wanting to grind out every single race night. Every time you see this car on track, we’re going to be racing like we’re 30-points out of the lead. That’s our style.”
With Round 1 in the books, the Great Lakes Series will prepare to roll into Sauble for Rounds 2 and 3 – a facility in which Walt has, admittedly, not had much success at in recent years.
“We haven’t had a ton of success at Sauble – but I can guarantee you that we’re going to do everything in our power to put together a package that can run with the best guys out there,” said Spencer- Walt with confidence. “I’ve been saying for years that we can win anywhere at any time. I still believe that. We’re ready to get to work and make sure that we have something to keep the rest of these guys in the rearview by the time we unload at Sauble.”