By: Ashley McCubbin
After a successful campaign last year with the Outlaw Midgets, Kevin Spiez is set to run their full schedule once again in 2017.
“It’s going to be a very competition year this year,” he told Short Track Musings. “Everybody is uping their game from just being at the RPM Shop. There’s a lot of people doing motor work, new cars, updates on a lot of stuff so everybody will have to bring their A-game.”
Last season, Spiez put together “the best season that I’ve had out of the five years, and my best season competitively,” putting together consistent runs each week to finish 10th in points. He hopes to repeat that result once again in 2017, while building on the Outlaw Midgets’ inaugural season success.
“It was a stellar year,” he said of the series. “Considering it was our first year, it went off like a well-oiled machine with few glitz along the way. The club ran like clock work. It was a lot of fun. It’s definitely a family-oriented club. It was really good. We even had little picnics at the end of the night.”
Out of the races on their schedule, he notes he’s always excited to race at Sunset Speedway, but notes the trip to Chapel Hill in New York will be interesting.
For Spiez, he’s been around his racing all of his life as a fan, growing up just down the road from Full Throttle Motor Speedway, spending time watching races there, followed by trips to Sauble Speedway and Flamboro Speedway.
“I got the itch one time, and went and bought an old beat-up car and competed at Varney (now Full Throttle) in a street stock class,” he recalled. “Then I got married, took about 20 years off, and spotted the little midget cars and I thought, ‘That’s a good way to get back at it again because it’s relatively cheap. It’s not cheap, but it’s relatively cheap compared to a lot of other classes, especially for the speed at 80 mph. I mean, you’re doing Limited Late Model speed.’ So that’s how I got back into it again.”
Throughout his racing career to date, he notes there’s not just one memorable moment that stands out.
“I’m just happy to be out there every night just to race the car,” he said. “Almost every night is memorable. I’ve had a lot of great battles with a lot of great drivers in our club, and there’s no specific one night.”