ALLISTON, ON – After turning in one of the most impressive rookie seasons in recent Sunset Speedway Super Stock memory, second-generation racer Chris Allard is unsure if his family-run operation will have the means to return to competition for the 2018 season.
“At this moment – we don’t have any plans on being back fulltime next season,” explains Allard. “Obviously I’m hoping that changes. I’m working hard to do everything I can to change that. But, if I’m being honest, right now we really don’t know what our team is doing next year.”
For Allard, it’s not a lack of commitment, work ethic or team support that threatens to sideline him – but rather the increasing costs associated with campaigning a top-level Super Stock on a regular basis.
“I’m not going to stand here and complain because it’s costing the same money for every guy that’s trying to run at the front these days,” shrugs ‘Flight Time’. “But it’s gotten to the point where it’s just about impossible for a small team like ours to do this out of pocket.”
“I grew up watching my Dad race at Sunset and following in his footsteps is all I’ve ever wanted to do,” continues the fan favourite. “He made a lot of sacrifices to give me the opportunity to race this year but we’re going to need to put together some sponsorship if we’re going to come back. It’s gotten too expensive.”
However, with more than five months remaining before Sunset Speedway opens its 2018 season, Allard insists he will continue to work tirelessly to procure the marketing support necessary to make a run towards a Super Stock championship.
“There’s a lot of time to still make phone calls and schedule meetings,” smiles the Super Stock standout. “We’re a long way from giving up. I’ll scratch and claw to get this team back on track next year. If we’re not there on opening night – I can promise you that it won’t be because we didn’t try to make something happen.”