Oro-Medonte, ON – After navigating his way through an admittedly difficult rookie season, Mini Stock upstart Curtis Stewart is ready for a sophomore Sunset Speedway effort in 2018, and his family-run team has set their sights on a much-improved finish in the year-end championship standings.
“Our goal is to finish top-10 in points at the end of the season,” says Stewart matter-of-factly. “If we could do that, our team would be over the moon. I’m really looking forward to getting back to the track and putting some more laps under my belt”
“It takes a lot of practice to get familiar with how to get the most out of your equipment. A lot of racing is luck – but you need the skill to go with it, and that’s what we’re looking to work on this season.”
Stewart’s freshman season was dominated by a number of on-track incidents that left his No. 6 badly damaged – and left his low-budget team scrambling to remain in action week-in and week-out.
“We learned a lot of things the hard way last year,” admits the Orillia, ON racer. “We got real good at putting the front end of the car back together by the time the year was over. But, when you spend a lot of time fixing your stuff, it’s a lot harder to get any faster.”
“That’s what we’re looking to avoid this year. We can’t be taking our stuff home in a box every weekend if we expect to get any better. We’ve put a lot of research and effort into this car for 2018 and we’re excited to see where we stack up against the rest of the field.”
For the rising star, a reinvented driving style and additional knowledge behind the scenes at the team’s shop is likely to provide a strong baseline from which to work in his second full season of competition.
“We’ve come a long way as far as understanding setup and knowing how the car is going to react in certain situations,” explains Stewart.
“Right now, I’m most focused on improving my skills as a driver. Once we have that space between the steering wheel and the driver’s seat figured out – we’re going to be alot more confident and in the mix every weekend.”