ORO-MEDONTE, ON – After a spate of close calls through the first quarter of the 2019 season, Sunset Speedway Ltd. Late Model heavyweight Rick Spencer-Walt put a long awaited first tally in his win column on Sunday evening in the second of two twin 35-lap feature events.
Post-race Walt was all smiles as he described the feeling of finally sealing the deal on a 2019 feature win following a number of near-misses.
“We didn’t really hit the ground running this season as far as the results would show,” admitted Walt. “But, damn, we’ve been trying. We’ve been working our guts out to bring the best possible car to the racetrack every Saturday. I can swear to you that it hasn’t been for a lack of effort.”
“This feels awesome,” continued the third-generation racer with a nod towards the feature trophy sitting atop the team’s Eldon Wallis-owned No. 31. “There were a lot of hours spent over the Winter getting this car ready and then we’ve been living in the shop this last month or so to make the car better so we can get (to victory lane). So, finally having this first win, is just a reminder to ourselves that all that work has been for a good reason.”
Spencer-walt entered the evening’s twin features with the points leader, and hopes that his team will exit the night with an even larger gap between them and the rest of Sunset’s perennially competitive headline division.
“Our consistency has kept us in the fight night-in and night-out so far,” explained Spencer- Walt on the topic of the team’s position atop the standings. “That’s what you need if you want to win a championship here. Because, you aren’t going to win the feature every night. You have to have those podium finishes to back all of that up.”
“Now that we have one win in the bag I’m hoping we can get a hold of this momentum and lay down another three or four (wins) by the end of July. This is a great program, with great people behind it and we definitely turned a corner this weekend. It’s going to be real hard to hold us back now.”
Spencer-Walt will not have to wait long to return to action, as Sunset will host a 50-lap Ltd. Late Model event this Saturday, July 13th paying full weekly and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points.
“We have a very good long-run package,” Rick offered . “50-laps is right in our wheelhouse. I think we have something that’ll keep the rest of these guys on their heels all night. We’re starting to heat up right now – and that’s bad news for everyone else.”