ROCKTON, ON – After impressing with a 5th place finish in Flamboro Speedway’s 2017 Pro Late Model championship standings, ‘Killer’ Kevin Albers has confirmed his family-run team will be back in fulltime competition next season in search of a first career Late Model title.
“We made some setup changes over the Winter that I think paid off better than we had hoped they would,” smiles Albers. “Our performance exceeded our expectations this year – and that’s always an awesome feeling.”
“We didn’t reinvent the wheel or anything, it was just good ‘ol fashioned hard work and research. Our team basically lived in the shop all off-season to make sure that we would have a package that was ready to contend with the best guys on the roster week-in and week-out.”
Perhaps the most important aspect of Albers’ 2017 season was the staggering consistency his team displayed – tallying top-5 finishes in each of his regular season Saturday night starts from May to September.
“The fact that we were able to be on-track and in the mix in each one of our regular season starts is something that I take a lot of pride in,” explains the former Thunder Car champion. “That was one of our main goals at the beginning of the year – because it’s one thing to scratch and claw your way into a top-5 once or twice in a season, but if you can do it every single week it really shows what your team is capable of.”
“We really feel like we turned a corner with our [Pro Late Model] stuff this season and that consistency is something that we want to make sure we ride into 2018.”
On the topic of 2018, Albers is confident his team is ready to follow up their breakthrough 2017 season with a run towards Flamboro’s upper echelon.
“Our plan right now is to go home and evaluate our notes and our season from start to finish and see what areas we need to improve on,” says Albers. “There are definitely some weaknesses that we need to address, but I really believe that we’re trending in the right direction right now.”
“I want to do everything in our power to make sure that our team is on a level where we can contend for a championship in 2018,” adds the blue-collar veteran. “We need more wins if we want to contend at the very top of the standings – but we know we can do that. We’ve already started massaging the setup that we used this year and I have no doubt we’ll be ready to compete for the win on opening night.”