THORNTON, ON – Fan favourite Ryan Semple currently sits 45-points back of first place in the race for the 2017 Sunset Speedway Super Stock championship.
This Saturday, Semple and his Auto Trim of Barrie-sponsored team will look to secure their second win of the season in an effort to make one more step towards moving from 2nd to 1st in the overall standings.
“Trust me – we know how far a win would go for us on Saturday,” laughs Semple. “But, believe me, we’ve been trying to do that every week. I promise. There’s not a single night we’ve unloaded with this car where we haven’t been trying with everything in us to get to the front.”
“If I’m ever loading up at the end of the night without a trophy on top of the car – it wasn’t for a lack of trying,” continues the blue-collar favourite. “We know what’s ahead of us. We know what we need to do if we want to stay in this run for the championship. And, we’ll be there Saturday, ready to put in work like always.”
Nearing the tail end of one of the most taxing and demanding seasons of his young career, Semple doesn’t hesitate to lend credit to the same racers he’s worked overtime to beat week in and week out.
“I’ve never raced against a group of guys that can make it so difficult to pick up positions,” says Semple as he marvels at the level of talent contained within the Sunset Super Stock roster. “Moving forward in any one of these [Super Stock] features is so tough because everyone’s stuff is so good. From top to bottom in the standings.”
“We’re putting in that championship-level time and effort, but so is everyone else,” adds ‘Kid Ruckus’. “What really matters is who can make those split decisions at the right moment to give themselves an edge.”
With only 5 events remaining in the 2017 season, Semple’s window is closing quickly. However, despite the innate pressure to perform for his team, Semple’s outlook remains unwavering and unchanged.
“We want to win this championship real bad but we’re not going to let it change who we are and how we act,” insists Semple. “This is all supposed to be fun – and we’re going to keep it that way.”
“This has been a great year for us. We’ve had a blast for the last thirteen weeks and we’re going to make sure that we keep having a blast for the next five. No matter where we finish in the points, we’re going to make sure it’s a party. Because we don’t know any other way to do it.”