ROCKTON, ON – After falling just short of a first career Flamboro Speedway Pro Late Model championship in 2018, veteran short track racer Kevin Albers is already in the midst of preparing his modest-budget program for a return to competition in 2019.
“I was lucky enough to grow up around racing, so I have a pretty good understanding of how tough it is just to be in position to win a championship,” says Albers. “So, getting close and feeling it slip through our fingers is disappointing to say the least. This sport is so unforgiving that you never really know when you’re going to have another chance at a championship.”
After his best year to date, Albers finished 9-points behind eventual champion Matt Lockwood in one of the most closely contested points battles in recent Flamboro Pro Late Model history.
“I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed this season,” stated the Rockton, ON racer. “Don’t get me wrong – I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more if we had been champions when it was all said and done – but we learned more about ourselves this year than any other season we’ve been racing this car.”
“Any time you can race against guys that are at their best – you’re going to have a good time,” adds Albers. “This (Flamboro Pro Late Model) division is as good now as it’s been in a really long time. There aren’t too many guys here on any given Saturday that aren’t operating at their best. Matt (Lockwood) was at real good all season long and really made us stay on our game to run up alongside him.”
And, while Albers led the standings for the multitude of the 2018 season, it’s evident that finishing second to Lockwood has the former Super Stock standout motivated to retool and return for 2019.
“I think anyone that’s been around long enough will tell you that racing is about luck just as often as it’s about speed,” notes Albers. “We didn’t have the luck on our side when we needed it most. There’s not one thing I can point to with our program that I feels needs to be overhauled or changed – I just think we can be better everywhere.”
“We came out and won a round at the (Grisdale) Triple Crown (at Flamboro’s Frostoberfest) to close out the season – and I feel like that definitely helped us close things out on a high note. Any time we can stand tall against some fast cars it’s a big deal for this team.”
“We took a few weeks off once the season ended, but we’re already starting to gear things up again,” explains Albers. “There’s a lot of work and a lot of prep that goes into these cars in a Winter. You can’t just sit on the couch for too long. So, we’ll get to work, and we’ll be ready for another run in the Spring.”