Kimball is a former Peterborough Speedway Ltd. Late Model champion with numerous feature wins to his credit at the 1/3-mile oval – but he knows it will take much more than a familiarity with the track itself to outrun the best Pro Late Model competitors in the province.
“I’m not sure how much you can really rely on a hometrack advantage against teams that are this good – but if it’s there we’ll take it,” says Kimball.
“We’ve been doing our best just to get this new car up to speedway through the first two races on the schedule, but Peterborough is a place that our whole team knows real well. I think we have a solid understanding of what we need to do to get the most out of our equipment there.”
When asked if there’s a specific strategy necessary to succeed at Peterborough, Flyin’ Ryan points to the importance of a proper gameplan and setup and just how instrumental it is at the notoriously demanding bullring.
“There isn’t a single race on this tour that you can come out underprepared and hope to do well,” says the series freshman, “but that’s especially true at Peterborough. It’s worn out, it’s tough to pass and it can really expose your flaws. If you have a bad run in qualifying or you’re just not on your A-Game – you’re going to be in for a really long night.”
And while it’s clear Kimball is excited to return to his former hometrack, it’s apparent that his primary focus lies with earning Car Owner and friend Sean Grosman a first career APC United Late Model Series victory.
“It’s always nice to race at home – but the last time I checked the tour isn’t handing out participation ribbons after the feature,” notes Kimball with a smile. “I know what Sean expects of me and I want to give him a performance he can brag about.”
“SMG [Motorsports] gives us everything we could ever ask for to succeed,” continues the Norwood, ON racer. “We have the equipment, the intel, the crew and the car to outrun anyone on this roster. Now, we have to make that happen.”