With multiple feature win and a top-five finish in the year-end standings, this past season for Rick Spencer-Walt certainly went well.
“2017 was a very successful season for our team, picking up wins and running up front leading at every invitational,” Spencer-Walt told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “We won three of five invites, and were leading the other two so along with our Saturday success, our long run/invite stuff was good to!”
On a weekly basis at Sunset Speedway, Spencer-Walt scored five feature wins and 21 top-fives en route to placing third in the year-end standings, along with a top-10 in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Division I standing.
Though as he noted, their biggest success came on the largest stages. They won the Spring Velocity at Sunset Speedway, Chase for the Colours at Peterborough Speedway, led over half the laps at Sauble Speedway’s Battle of the Beach en route to finishing sixth, and placed fifth at the Velocity 250. He then caped the season off in style, leading flag-to-flag to win the Autumn Colours Classic feature.
“Our ACC win feels good,” he said. “We have been working hard towards it and Eldon has givin’ me everything I need. Learned from my own mistakes the previous years and feels damn good to pull it off.”
Although everything went well, he feels they could’ve been stronger, and has already taken steps towards that for 2018.
“Our limited late program was very strong but having to try to manage the whole deal on my own was tiring,” he said. “From changes to the Chasis to what tires was on me. We have added to our team from 2017 and I believe with the help and support i receive from friends, family, and my Wife and kids, plus the already amazing crew I have we are ready to go win some more races.”
Excitement is already building towards the new season as Spencer-Walt recently confirmed that his team is set to run the full APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour schedule.
“I cannot wait,” he said. “Sherry and Dwayne Baker made a deal with Eldon to purchase their brand new pro late built last winter by Jr Hanley. We have tested and the car is amazing. We will also be running our limited part time, and of course all specials we can make!”