HAWKESTONE, ON – Rick Walt cemented his spot as a threat for the 2017 NASCAR Late Model championship on Saturday, earning his second feature win of the season against one of the most stout weekly fields in Ontario.
Post-race, ‘The Upgrade’ admitted that the team felt energized by the victory – but are far from astounded at their early-season success.
“That second win felt awesome, but in all honesty I’m not surprised,” says Walt. “We don’t look at ourselves as a team that’s coming in here and stealing wins when we aren’t supposed to”.
“We’ve got good cars. We’ve got good motors. We’ve got a great team. [Car Owner] Eldon [Wallis] spends a ton of money on this program to keep it up front. Winning is what we’re supposed to do. We’re out here doing what we expect to do”.
Walt was last season as a Sunset Speedway regular in 2015, and after having departed Sunset to win the Peterborough Speedway Late Model championship in 2016, the Hawkestone, ON native insists his team is back for one reason only.
“I’m not at Sunset to just fill a roster spot,” insists Walt. “I don’t ever want to be an ‘also ran’. This team is here to compete and be a factor every single night”.
“We’re here to make a run for a championship. And, when it’s all said and done, either we win it or we make life real difficult for the guy that does”.
And while Walt has already managed two victories in his first three NWAAS events, he maintains his Jim Wilson Chevrolet-backed outfit is only getting started.
“I mean, I have no complaints whatsoever about how this car has felt so far,” offers Walt, “but, I don’t think we’re anywhere close to maxing it out yet”.
“There’s a lot of room for growth with this car and this program. We’re stronger every time we hit the track. Every practice session, every race, every lap. We haven’t even started to hit our stride yet”.
This Saturday you can catch the #31 in Action, At Flamboro Speedway for the 2nd race of The APC United Late Model Series.