The opening night of the 2017 campaign for Walt Motorsports had a bit of everything as Rick Spencer-Walt posted a top-five in the first feature, while getting caught up in a couple cautions during the second.
The 2016 Peterborough Speedway Champion started off the night by posting a lap of 15.078 seconds in time trials to qualify seventh for the first 35-lap feature. He quickly began to move forward, running fifth as of the first caution at Lap 4. He continued moving forward, passing Mike Bentley for fourth on Lap 11 before the third caution flew at Lap 20. The restart played into his hands, as he was able to get alongside Taylor Holdaway for third, clearing him with 10 laps to go. From there, he held on for a third place finish.
For the second feature, he drew the ninth starting spot, escaping a wreck on Lap 3 to keep himself in contention. However, shortly after the restart, he was unable to see due to the hood to come up, blocking his view out the front windshield, after Gord Shepherd cut across his nose in turns one and two. After the caution flew, he made his way down pit road to have the hood removed.
Returning to the track at the back of pack, he was able to pick off some cars to move up to 13th with 21 laps to go. He continued to slowly move forward, but it seemed to just not be his night as contact with Paul Maltese sent him spinning around in turn two with three laps to go. Restarting at the tail of the field, he was unable to make up much ground before the checkered flag flew.
Spencer-Walt will be back at Sunset Speedway on May 6 in hopes of scoring another top-five finish.
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