While it’s been an exciting year for the Lucas Oil Can-Am T.Q. Midgets with competitive side-by-side racing each event, the season will draw to a close on September 23 at Sunset Speedway. One of the drivers hopeful for a strong run at the Innisfil, Ontario oval is Adrian Stahle.
“I’m looking forward to the final race,” he told Short Track Musings. “It’s been a long season with some ups and down but we’re looking to finish out the season strong with hopefully a win!”
Stahle will enter the Velocity 250 with momentum, currently sitting second in points and victor of the series’ most recent event, which took place at Full Throtlte Motor Speedway on September 3.
“For the most part I am happy with our season,” he said. “We struggled at first to find the setup with these new American Racer tires. Since then we’ve been competitive at every race! I would’ve loved to have no DNFs this year but that’s racing.”
It hasn’t all been roses this year for Stahle, as earlier this year, he wrecked heavily while leading with one lap to go as a result of a part failure. However, after spending the week completely rebuilding the car, he was able to come back out on top with a victory, stating, “It made all the hard work through the week pay off.”
For Stahle, he got started in racing at the age of seven, racing go-karts with the WRKC.
“My mom actually was the one who thought it’d be a good idea,” he said. “Ever since it’s become sorta like an addiction!”
From there, Stahle was drawn to the can-am midgets after watching them as a kid, and thinking they were “badass.”
“I was also drawn to them because they’re a cheap man’s version of a super modified, which I hope to someday race,” he said. “One weekend I was lucky enough to get in one of the Mackereth’s cars and it took off from there.”
Through his career so far, he admits there’s been plenty of memorable moments, including his first career Can-Am Midget feature victory.
“I believe we were the first rookie to win a feature in only our sixth start,” he recalled. “With how much history the club has, I think it made it that much more special.”