ORO-MEDONTE, ON – Earlier this Winter, Autumn Colours Classic winner Rick Spencer-walt Walt confirmed that his team would focus on their Limited Late Model program and then just having fun in the Pro Late adventures this season.
While their primary concerns will be with their Limited Late Model program, Walt insists the Eldon Wallis-owned outfit is far from done chasing wins from behind the wheel of a Pro Late, With the Great Lakes series and gunning for a 1st Sunset Speedways Championship on the top of his list.
“There’s still a lot of Pro Late races we want to enter,” says Walt. “We might not be able to commit to chasing an APC championship this season, but we’re absolutely planning on being at all the big races. We’re real excited to stay busy and try and stack as many wins as we can.”
“The long-distance races are a lot more fun to be a part of,” adds the former Peterborough Speedway champion. “It’s rough being at the speedway all day just to end up racing for thirty minutes. So, we’re excited to go after some long races and see what we can do to get this car working the best on longer runs.”
‘The Upgrade’ will enter 2018 on the strength of a 2017 Autumn Colours Classic victory that served to further establish the third-generation driver as one of the premier competitors on Ontario short track racing.
“The [Autumn Colours Classic] win was a big deal for us,” says Walt. “That’s the race that everyone – and I mean everyone – wants to win. We’ve been coasting off that momentum all off-season. A run like that makes it a lot easier to drag yourself into the shop for eight hours in the middle of Winter.”
“The last time we won ‘the Classic’ was in our Thunder Car in 2011,” continues the former Barrie Speedway front runner. “And, after that, we won back-to-back [Barrie Speedway] championships. So, the last thing the rest of these teams want is for us to get on a hot streak.”
Still, while there are unarguable bonuses to competing for a top-notch team in high-level equipment, Walt admits there are a particular set of pressures that accompany such a position.
“Its an honour to drive for a team like Eldon’s – but there’s always that push to produce results,” explains the veteran. “I mean, look at the operation he’s put together for us. We’ve got the best minds setting this thing up, the best facility and shop we could ask for and some of the best equipment in the pits.”
“Once you’ve got all that – there’s no excuse to do anything except win. As a driver, it’s all on you. If you can’t get the job done – it sure as hell isn’t because your team isn’t strong enough.”