ORO MEDONTE, ON – In the midst of what could be a career year at Sunset Speedway, perennial Ltd. Late Model front-runner Rick Walt has confirmed his Eldon Wallis-owned outfit will enter Sunday’s Chase for the Colours Invitational at Peterborough Speedway.
The Canada Day event serves as a preliminary qualifier for Peterborough’s historic Autumn Colours Classic – a weekend long-referred to as Ontario’s undisputed Crown Jewel weekend.
“You’re never going to have to twist my arm to go race at Peterborough,” smiles Walt. “We’ve laid down a ton of laps there in the last three years and the program we’ve been able to come away with because of that is really, really strong”.
“It’s a place that I really enjoy racing at,” continues the 2016 Peterborough Speedway Late Model champion. “It’s not a track that’s going to hand you anything. It’s tough to race at, it’s worn out, it doesn’t have a ton of grip. It really pits you against the rest of the guys out there and figures out who has the best car and can make the best decisions”.
And although Walt has shifted his weekly focus to Sunset in 2017, he’s confident the tricks of the trade he learned whilst chasing a championship at Peterborough will serve him well on Sunday.
“If there’s a team planning on putting their car on the pole for the ‘Classic’ they are most definitely going to have to find a way to beat us,” offers the Oro Medonte, ON driver nonchalantly. “We’re strong there. It was our home-track for almost two years”.
“We’ve been good anywhere we’ve raced this season and we don’t have any kind of plans to stop running up front. Our hauler will be in the pits on Sunday morning with a car inside that’s capable of making life real difficult for anyone trying to finish ahead of it”.
With a stacked entry list expected for Sunday’s Autumn Colours Classic qualifier, ‘The Upgrade’ is more than willing to issue a formal challenge to the province’s elite.
“I’m hoping the absolute best of the best come out for this,” says Walt. “The tires and fuel for these cars cost the same no matter who you’re racing against. So, if we’re going to spend the money to get the car to the track, we want to make sure we’re in a field of guys that make the race worth winning”.
“We’ve never been afraid of taking on anyone. I just hope whoever does show up makes sure to pack a lunch – because if they’re trying to beat us it’s going to be a long day for them”.