ORO MEDONTE, ON – Current Sunset Speedway Ltd. Late Model standout Rick Walt will be back behind the wheel of his Eldon Wallis-owned Pro Late Model this Saturday, as the APC United Late Model Series returns to Sunset for its second visit of the 2017 schedule.
For Walt – a Sunset championship contender in weekly competition – the APC Series appearance comes with a special set of added pressure as he prepares to roll out in front of a familiar grandstand packed with fans, friends and sponsors.
“If anyone on this roster tries to say there isn’t more pressure to win when you’re racing at your hometrack – they’re telling a bold-faced lie,” says Walt with a laugh.
“I mean, come on man, Sunset’s our home track. Of course we want to win there more than anywhere else,” continues the multi-time Sunset feature winner. “Our Limited Late [Model] program is better now than ever before, and we really just need to find a way to translate that to our tour stuff.”
And while his team has excelled under regular 35-lap races in Sunset’s Ltd. Late Model division , they have yet to win a 100-lap Pro Late Model contest. ”These 100-lap races are a whole different ballgame compared to what we deal with on a regular Saturday night,” explains the Oro-Medonte, ON native.
“If you push too early you can burn your stuff up. If you wait too long you’ll get buried in the field. It’s a lot of strategy and it’s really all about making the decisions that can help you create your own opportunities.”
With multiple feature wins to his credit this season, in addition to a chance to compete for a first career Sunset Speedway championship, Walt knows an APC Series win would help propel his 2017 season from good to extraordinary.
“We’ve had an awesome year so far, but a tour win would just push our season over the top,” says Walt. “If we can hit that setup just right – I know we’ll have a chance at the win. The APC Series is all anyone seems to be able to talk about these days and our team would love to add our names to that list of winners.”
“This group is strong enough that we can beat anyone in the province,” adds the 2016 Peterborough Speedway champion. “We need to find that speed right off the trailer and qualify up front. From there, it’s just all about trying to make the right decisions and outrun the best-of-the-best.”
Photo credit to Ashley McCubbin