BAXTER, ON – Former Sunset Speedway Super Stock championship contender Ryan Semple will head into Round 2 of the upstart Great Lakes Concrete Super Stock Series with a focus on chasing down his first career Sauble Speedway feature victory.
The multi-time Sunset winner has scaled back his weekly racing, deciding instead to pursue a Great Lakes Series championship run combined with select appearances at speedways across Ontario.
“Our whole season is dedicated to races like this one,” says Semple. “I don’t have the funding or the manpower in the shop to run every single week like a lot of these other guys do. So, I’d sooner focus my energy and my resources on racing against the teams that are the absolute tip of the spear.”
“If I’m only racing two or three times in a month the [Great Lakes Concrete] Series is perfect for that,” continues ‘Kid Ruckus’. “The field on Sunday is going to be the guys that have seen it and done it all. The champions, the Crown Jewel winners – those are the teams that I get fired up to test myself against.”
One of the most popular racers in the division, there’s no question that a Semple triumph at Sauble would lead to a legendary celebration post-race.
“If we can win this deal on Sunday – I’m not sure if I’m looking forward more to victory lane or the party in the campground afterwards,” laughs the Auto Trim of Barrie-sponsored driver.
“We’ve gotten so much more familiar with this car in the last year. I really believe that we can unload anywhere and have a chance to win. And, we’re only getting better. If we keep grinding, we’re going to keep improving.”
For Semple, his rise from also-ran to perennial contender has been well documented. And it’s quite obvious that every step along the way has meant something to the affable star.
“It’s still a humbling feeling to roll into the pits and feel like we have a chance to contend,” explains Semple. “We’ve built this program from the ground up. We’re out here running door-to-door with guys that I’ve been watching since before I even owned a racecar.”
“Man, I remember looking up at teams like that and telling myself ‘I’ll get there one day’ and now I’m going to war with them for wins,” adds the Baxter, ON-based racer. “It’s not something I ever take lightly. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given and I’m excited to come out and chase a win at Sauble on Sunday.”