ALLISTON, ON – Rookie of the Year point leader Chris Allard was once again the talk of the Sunset Speedway Super Stock pit area last Saturday – as the freshman registered a head-turning 2nd place finish to cap off his most impressive outing to date since moving up from the wildly competition Mini Stock division.
“I don’t think we’ve spent a single lap here this season without learning something,” shrugs Allard. “Racing a Super Stock here is unlike anything else I’ve ever done in my life. You have to be on the wheel every single corner. If you take a lap off, you’re getting shuffled back. You can guarantee that.”
‘Flight Time’ has proven to be a quick study in the talent-rich division, moving from a mid-pack presence to a weekly threat to win almost seamlessly and without incurring major damage.
“I’ve done my best to not make the same mistake twice with this car,” offers the second-generation star. “We’re far from an overnight success, but we’ve kept moving forward instead of getting stuck in the same pattern that you see a lot of rookies struggling with. There’s still a long way to go – but it feels awesome to look back on how far we’ve come in five months.”
Through it all, Allard credits his low-budget team – comprised of his father Paul Allard and brother-in-law Shawn Veenstra – for their efforts to propel their familiar no. 76 to become a force in Sunset’s weekly Super Stock wars.
“I’m surrounded by amazing people,” says Allard. “There’s no other way to put it. None of our success has been a coincidence. We’re having strong runs because our team puts every ounce of their energy into this program. There are a lot of nights where we feel like David against Goliath – but as long as we keep working we’re going to keep moving forward.”