ORO-MEDONTE, ON – Multiple time weekly Late Model feature winner Rick Spencer- Walt will embark on his next step towards ascending the Pro Late Model ranks this Saturday, as the APC United Late Model Series descends on Flamboro Speedway.
“Our decision to chase this tour was all about taking on the biggest challenge out there and testing who we are as a team,” explains Walt. “This trip to Flamboro is going to give us the chance to really see what we’re made of.”
“There are a lot of real tough guys on this roster that have a ton more laps at Flamboro than I do – so we’re most definitely going to have to be on our game from the first moment we button the hood pins up. It’s going to be a battle. But, we’ll be ready for it.”
But, despite entering the Interstate Batteries 100 at a discernible disadvantage as far as Flamboro experience is concerned,Spencer-Walt maintains the same unflappable belief he’s had in his Eldon Wallis-owned team for the last several seasons.
“I think people might get tired of hearing me say this – but I really can’t say enough about the guys on this team,” says the third-generation racer. “They never complain, they never give up and they never stop thinking of ways to make our cars faster.”
“Those are the kind of bullets you in the chamber to come out and chase wins on this tour,” continues ‘The Upgrade’. “There are going to be other teams that have a thicker Flamboro notebook than we do, but I’m not sure they’re ready to work and grind as hard as we are.”
When asked if he’s formulated any type of strategy for Round 2 of the APC Series season, Walt wastes little time in noting just how important a strong qualifying session will be when it comes to Flamboro’s often hard-to-pass confines.
“Flamboro might be the last place in Ontario that you wanna be starting in the trunk of the field,” says Walt matter-of-factly. “We’re going to need to show up for Time Trials in a big way. How strong we qualify is going to have a huge impact on what type of opportunities we’re going to get in the feature.”
“It’s the type of track that almost tries to trick you into doing something stupid,” continues the former Peterborough Speedway Ltd. Late Model champion. “As a driver, you just have to make sure you keep your head on straight and do everything you can not to beat yourself.”
“We just want to keep our nose clean and save enough of our stuff for that big push late in the race. I think this deal’s going to be won and lost in the last 30-laps – so we wanna make sure we’re close enough to the front to have a say in what goes down.”