MOUNT PLEASANT, ON – After navigating through more than a fair share of poor fortune in 2018, third-year Mini Stock competitor Kaitlyn Wallace is ready to start fresh entering Flamboro Speedway’s 2019 campaign.
“I look back (on 2018) and feel like I have just as much joy as I do heartache,” offers Wallace with a laugh. “On one hand, we brought out a brand new car that I couldn’t have been more proud of. But, at the same time, from one end of the season to the other, we went through three blown motors.”
“It was an up-and-down season for sure,” continues the Mount Pleasant, ON racer. “But, when it was all said and done, I think that our team is better now than we’ve ever been before. No matter what was thrown at us last year, we figured out a way to get through it.”
Wallace will return to Flamboro’s Mini Stock division on a fulltime basis in 2019, as she hopes to leave her bad luck behind her and continue to build her family-owned program.
“We’re headed into this year just hoping that we have all the bugs worked out of the car,” notes the fifth-generation racer. “I appreciate how much I learned (in 2018) and how it taught me to be humble – but working through blown motors and big wrecks kept me from getting as much seat time as I was hoping to.”
“I know that there’s a lot more speed in our equipment than what we’ve been able to show so far. We haven’t even really scratched the surface of how good we can be – and that’s exciting to me.”
The up-and-comer hopes to find Victory Lane for the first time this season, and understands that Flamboro’s perennially-competitive Mini Stock division will undoubtedly provide the stiffest of tests for a involving program.
“Our team is still really young as far as experience goes – but I’m not sure there are a whole lot of people that want to win as badly as we do,” voiced Wallace. “We’ll work as hard as we need to work to get there. All the bad luck that we worked through last season just made me want it more. It just proved to me how badly I want to excel at this.”
“The more laps I put on our car, the better I feel. This season is all about doing my best to keep developing with every race and every practice session. My goal is to contend for wins this year and to be able to look back with pride on how far I was able to come.”