NORWOOD, ON – Longtime Peterborough Speedway standout Flyin’ Ryan Kimball will team with SMG Motorsports founder Sean Grosman this weekend in a joint effort to chase their first OSCAAR Super Late Model Series victory at Peterborough’s lauded Autumn Colours Classic.
“It really doesn’t get any bigger than the ‘Classic’,” smiles Kimball. “I don’t care who you are or what you race – this is the event you want to win. All the best guys have been winning on this weekend for 25 years. We’ve done it with our [Limited] Late Model and now we’re looking to do it in the Super [Late Model].”
Earlier this season, Kimball was laps away from an OSCAAR win at Kawartha Speedway, when late-race mechanical issues derailed a sizeable lead and what appeared to be an all-but-guaranteed victory.
“We’ve been close to a win every time we’ve had this car out of the box,” says the Norwood, ON wheelman. “If we could clinch a win at the ‘Classic’ – I don’t think any moment could top that.”
“There’s an atmosphere there that’s different from every other race. It’s the hardest to race to win. In any division. When you’re standing in victory lane there, you feel like you’ve earned it. Because it doesn’t happen by accident.”
Kimball credits friend and Car Owner Sean Grosman and Crew Chief Graham Annis as integral parts of the SMG Motorsports outfit that he hopes will tally their first career OSCAAR win this weekend.
“When I think about all the people I have on my side to make this deal work, I feel like the luckiest guy on the planet,” says Kimball. “Sean [Grosman] is one of my best friends and to have the opportunity to drive for him again and again means everything to me. His stuff is the absolute best around.”
“Graham Annis is the best setup guy in the province right now,” adds Flyin’ Ryan. “I have complete faith in what he has planned for us. This team is everything I can ask for to chase a Super Late Model win with. Now, we just have to put all the pieces together.”