ROCKTON, ON – Although Kevin Albers may not yet be the household name that some of his compatriots on the Flamboro Speedway Pro Late Model roster have become, there’s no question that he’s well on his way to claiming that status.
The former Super Stock standout has impressed throughout the 2018 season, finishing with a career-best runner-up position in the Flamboro Pro Late Model championship points standings.
This Sunday, ‘Killer Kevin’ will enter the lauded Grisdale Triple Crown portion of Flamboro’s annual Frostoberfest weekend – with the goal of proving to the entire province that his family-owned team is capable of contending with the best Late Model competitors in Ontario.
“If we end up being one of the least well-known teams in the pit area this weekend – it won’t bother me one bit,” shrugs the perennially humble Albers. “We’ve had an awesome year (in 2018) at Flamboro, but I understand if people that aren’t here every Saturday, week-in and week-out aren’t familiar with me. Hopefully I can do a good job of leaving my mark with them on Sunday.”
The race’s unique format – a trio of 50-lap events contested on the same afternoon – will drive Albers to formulate the right strategy to break through for his first career ‘Crown Jewel’ event win.
“Three races back-to-back-to-back is definitely not something that’s for the faint of heart,” muses Albers. “I mean, no matter who you are or what you’ve accomplished before, that much track time at Flamboro in a single day is probably going to boil down to being the survival of the fittest.”
“The consequences are always the same (at Flamboro), but it seems like things are a little more heightened when you’re racing three times in one day against the top guys in the province. We’re going to need to rely on our sense of patience. Because, if we don’t use a lot of give and take, it can end up being a frustrating afternoon for us.”
With his best Flamboro Speedway Pro Late Model season to date tucked away in his pocket, Albers heads into Frostoberfest riding a wave of momentum and confident that his low-budget operation has built something capable of outrunning whomever files entry for Sunday’s Triple-50s.
“We’ve unloaded with a car we trust and a (setup) package that we’ve believed in all year – and this Sunday won’t be any different,” insists the Rockton, ON racer. “I expect the field that we’re out there with on Sunday to be the toughest that we’ve raced against all year. But, we’re excited to fight for our spot out there and prove exactly what we’re capable of.”
“This season was an amazing ride for us – but that doesn’t guarantee us anything this weekend,” continues Albers. “This sport doesn’t owe you anything – ever. And where you finished in the weekly standings isn’t going to help you during the (Playoff Season). We’re capable of contending this Sunday, we just need to make the right decisions when it matters the most.”