ORO-MEDONTE, ON – Popular Ltd. Late Model standout Rick Spencer-Walt has announced his team’s intentions to compete fulltime with the APC United Late Model Series in 2018.
The venture will mark Walt’s first career foray into fulltime Pro Late Model competition, as he transitions from Sunset Speedway’s wildly talented weekly Limited Late Model division.
“We try and swing for the fences with everything that we do,” smiles Walt. “This team doesn’t do half-measures. If we’re going to commit to something – we’re going to make sure we’re all in. So, that’s exactly what we’re doing with this Pro Late [Model] deal. We couldn’t be more excited to be on tour fulltime next year.”
Walt – alongside team owner Eldon Wallis – compiled 5 wins at Sunset this season en route to finishing third in the overall NASCAR Whelen All-American Series provincial standings. Now, the Jim Wilson Chevrolet of Orillia-backed outfit is ready to tackle the best of the best out on the road.
“Eldon has built us a team here that’s as strong as any in the province right now,” says ‘The Upgrade’. “I have all the confidence in the world that our equipment and our group can go anywhere in Ontario and contend. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do on tour against some of the best teams in Ontario – it’s the perfect test for us right now.”
After Walt closed his 2017 campaign with a win in Peterborough Speedway’s 75-lap Autumn Colours Classic in early October, the Oro-Medonte, ON racer can’t help but feel as though his team is ready for more extended-distance events.
“I think we’ve shown in the past just how strong we can be in longer races,” offers Walt. “There’s an extra level of strategy to a 100-lap race that you just don’t get to deal with during a 35-lap show on a Saturday night. It’s something I’m really looking forward to.”
“This is the biggest challenge in Ontario right now,” continues the third-generation racer. “It’s the best roster – by far – and these are the races that are the hardest to win. It’s exactly where our teams wants to be next season.”