HAWKESTONE, ON – Following a season-long hiatus in 2016, Rick Walt has returned to Sunset Speedway’s NASCAR Late Model division. And, with a bevy of additional experience in his back pocket since his last foray into Sunset’s headline division, Walt is more than ready to contend on a weekly basis.
The Hawkestone, ON native wasted little time reintroducing himself to the Sunset faithful, earning a feature victory in his most recent NWAAS appearance on May 13th.
“The rest of the guys on this roster should get used to seeing us under the flag stand like that,” laughs Walt. “Because, that’s exactly what we’re looking to do every single Saturday”
“We don’t want to be a one and done. There’s not going to be a day that this trailer door comes down and we’re not trying to do everything we can to win”
One of the most unspoken drivers in the Sunset paddock, Walt promises that fans will notice each time his familiar No. 31 is on track in 2017.
“I promise you – the fans will get their money’s worth from us every single weekend,” says ‘The Upgrade’ in reference to his Jim Wilson Chevrolet-backed team. “I like to pride myself on being the most exciting guy on the track. It means a lot to me to be that person”
“We don’t spend all the money that we do on these cars to worry about how pretty they’re going to look at the end of the night,” adds Walt.
“I’m going to get every ounce out of my equipment every single night. That’s what we come to do. We don’t invest the time, money and effort that we do to just ride around and finish 5th every night”
Fresh off of a 2016 Peterborough Speedway Late Model championship, the polarizing competitor insists his team has returned to full time Sunset competition with one goal in mind.
“We came back to race for a championship at Sunset,” says Walt matter-of-factly. “I think we showed what this team is capable of last season at Peterborough. That was a solid field and a tough points race – but we showed up when we needed to”
“We’re better now than we’ve ever been,” continues the third-generation racer. “There’s so much more speed in this car that we’re still getting at. It’s going to be a good season for us. I can feel it.”