With just six features in the books so far for 2017, Kevin Albers has proven already he’s one of the quickest drivers at Flamboro Speedway this season.
“We’ve had a great start to the season so far,” he told Short Track Musings. “The results have been good. We have been searching for a little bit better balance on the car still, but the changes we made in the off season have been paying off so far. We basically do all of our own setup and chassis work in house, as we don’t have a very large budget per year. It was a long winter wondering if we were making the right changes on the car. So it’s nice to be going in the right direction.”
Albers came out of the gate strong this year, winning the opening feature of the year, followed by three fourth-place finishes and a runner-up.
“Starting the season with a win and following it up with four top-five’s is exactly what we needed to do,” he said. “We felt like we had another win coming on June 3, but had a mechanical failure while leading with five laps to go. Our first few seasons in the division started off with wrecks at the start of the year, and that really puts you behind the ball. It’s nice a to open up the season strong. The division at Flamboro has an influx of young talent and many strong veterans of the division this season. That makes winning on any night a tough challenge. If you leave anything on the table you aren’t likely going to be in victory Lane at the end of the night.”
With momentum on their side, Albers says the key will be building on that as they focus on making small changes to continue fine tuning the car to gain more speed in the weeks to come. Being able to get the set-up as strong as possible will be key, especially on older tires due to being allowed only one new tire per night.
“It’s important to have your car working well when the tires wear and the grip falls off,” he said. “That’s where the difference lies in making a run for a championship or being left in the dust by the competition.”
For Albers, he got his start in racing thanks to parents, after going to the track with them weekly from the age of three to watchc the events.
“It started a desire in me then really,” he said. “I played hockey growing up as well and that was a bigger focus until i was old enough to start driving. My dad ran Enduros in the 90s and eventually street stocks later on. Then my brother raced for a few years, and I helped out with that. My dad ended up getting a Camaro shortly after that and we built that into my first car. We ran that car, with many different modifications over the years, up until the end of 2014 when we moved up to late models.”
Looking back through the years, he says his most memorable season has to be winning the Flamboro Speedway Thunder Car Championship in 2012, following a close battle all year long with Nick Troback and Brad Collison.
“We had been close so many times before that, but being able to finally seal the deal that year was special for our whole team,” he said. “We’ve made a lot of memories in the nearly 20 years I’ve been racing but if I had to pick one, that would be at the top of the list.”