With a focus on continuing to improve on a weekly basis, Wally Wilson walked away from his rookie OSCAAR Modified campaign with a top-10 finish in points.
Wilson entered modified competition following a strong year of midget results, which saw him finish in the top-five in both the Midget and Pro Midget division in 2016.
“I couldn’t be any happier,” he said pre-season. “This is a huge step in my career. I’m very grateful for everyone that has helped me get to this point! I can’t wait to race with guys I’ve been watching for years.”
Coming in with the approach of looking to simply learn and improve each week, he ultimately achieved those goals by season’s end if you look at the results. Each trip to a different track saw lap times improve, with the ability to remain on the lead lap throughout an event near season’s end versus going down a lap early in the beginning.
Admittedly, the rookie driver and team hit some snags mid-season with the No. 69 Have1.com and The Fyre Place & Patio Shop Modified, fighting fueling problems which saw them miss a couple of events. Still, Wilson did not that deter him as his spirit remained high from the season opener at Flamboro to the last race of the year at Peterborough,
Outside of three events, Wilson completed every race in 2017 in the top-15, and had the ultimate of highs with his first career modified top-10 finish at his home track, Sauble Speedway.
A past winner of the sportsmanship award for other divisions, he continued to win the hearts of fans, spreading awareness by supporting causes like #BurnOutTheBully and Laps for Muscular Dystrophy.
“One of the coolest parts of running with the Modifieds is getting to run with guys I’ve grown up watching race at the short tracks in Ontario for years,” he commented post-season. “Guys like Gary Elliott, Tim Tolton, Gary McLean, and others! I learn so much from every car on track, whether it’s by following their lines, or racing side-by-side! I’m excited to see what 2018 brings the OSCAAR Modifieds as the racing got tighter between every car each week. These guys are all competitive and every time on track they’re closing the gaps between one another; it’s going to be a great season for sure!”
OSCAAR congratulates Wally Wilson on a great 2017 season, and wishes him the best of luck next year.
By: Ashley McCubbin