Last season, Wally Wilson was one of seven OSCAAR Midget rookies to take part in competition, and had some success along the way. Wilson would pilot his No. 69 D&M Small Engines/Fyre Place & Patio Shop/Laps for Muscular Dystrophy Midget to three straight top-15 finishes, highlighted by an 11th place finish at Grand Bend Speedway en route to finishing 17th in points. Along the way, he was able to make the highlight reel a couple different times, including a flip at Peterborough Speedway mid-season.
“My thoughts on last year looking back are that everyone was very helpful and wanted to help if you had a problem or were struggling one weekend,” he said. “It was great to see! The races were full of incredible close driving. Lots of guys had their fair share of bad luck and bad crashes; hopefully the luck turns around for everybody this year!”
Wilson’s commitment last season was recognized at the 2015 banquet, when he picked up the inaugural Ironman Award, which is given to the driver who made all of the races throughout the season, despite facing some difficult diversity along the way.
With his rookie season behind him, he is set for bigger things in 2015, saying that he wants to himself and his competitors that last year was for learning, this year is for business.
“It’s my time to be up there challenging for race wins,” he commented. “I expect to be in the top five in the standings and be in the running for the championship at Autumn Colours.”
The new schedule brings forth the same variety of tracks that Wilson found himself faced with along the way in his rookie campaign. He admits that the race that he is looking forward to the most would be running at Sauble Speedway, due to going there weekly as a kid.
“I’ve grown up going there week after week, watching guys like Doug Wilson in the late models and Sean Stobbe in the Jcars,” he said. “(I) used to go watch the Super Late Models and Modifieds every time they came there! Always a good show and I’m glad to be a part of OSCAAR with the midgets! Beyond that, it’s a fast fun track to race on, can’t wait to go back.”