Sometimes when you stick a microphone in front of a driver’s face, you have no clue what they may say and a couple of times you’ll hear something that surprises you or gives you a bit of a perspective.
Throughout the 2017 season at Sunset Speedway, I had the opportunity to speak to a bunch of different competitors, whether for features or following events. During those interviews, there were some quotes that stood out. So it seems only fitting we take a glance back through the year at what was said.
Jordan Latimer – September 10, 2017
“It’s a good birthday present. It’s been a long time coming, two years in the making. After last week’s fourth and a second, I figured we had a shot before the end of the year, and that was the goal coming into the year to go out and get a win.”
Rick Spencer-Walt – June 3
“We had a very fast car and so did the 24 (Nick Goetz). Just glad we could make it exciting for the fans, and both Nick and I could laugh about it after. He tried the bump and run on me, and we returned it for the win. That’s short track racing there!”
With six laps remaining, Rick Spencer-Walt would clear Chris Morrow for the lead and it seemed he was set to clear sail en route to victory, but that wasn’t meant to be the case tonight with another challenge remaining. Going into turn three, Nick Goetz got alongside Spencer-Walt for the lead. Down in turn one, Goetz cleared Spencer-Walt for the lead. When the pair got down to turn three, Spencer-Walt got to Goetz’s back bumper, giving it a small bump with four laps to go and passing him for the lead. Spencer-Walt then led the final two laps en route to picking up his third NASCAR Whelen All-American Series / Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park Late Model victory of 2017.
Nick Goetz – May 2017
“The guys are top-notch each week, and it’s actually getting tougher and tougher each year. Guys are going doing their research more, and getting faster, and so are we. I’m looking forward to getting this season under way.”
Paul Maltese – March 2017 – Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Show
“I don’t think it can get any higher. The competition is just incredible. I mean, the amount of money you put into a late model now is big dollars, so the competition brings fast cars and there’s always going to be there to drive it. So I think it’s the best around, personally. APC is doing pretty good, too, but Sunset has some pretty talented late model drivers, too. It’s awesome.
“Other than that, we’ll try another season and maybe get a win, try not to trade paint with Britney (Gresel) and we’ll be good.”
Britney Gresel – March 2017 – Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Show
“It’d be like a moment that I’d want to do a burn out, but I couldn’t because of our damn tire rule. It would mean everything. I think a win means everything to any driver, but to us it would definitely hit hard. It would hit me right in the heart if we got a win. We work so hard every weekend on this car and to get a payoff with a win, it’d mean everything. It’s a lot of luck, you have to luck there, and last year – we were close, but just weren’t quite there. Something would happen, but a win would mean everything to all of us.” Gresel on what a feature victory would mean to her
Danny Benedict – February 2017
“The late model division at Sunset is by far the best weekly late model class in the province. The competition and equipment there is so good. You have to be on your game every week in order to compete. Just to able to compete there is an accomplishment in its own.”
Kendra Adams – February 2017
Before the season, Adams spoke what it meant to have little girls looking up to her…..
“Honestly, it’s amazing. I have so many people that I look up to and respect so I understand how they would feel. I try to keep positive and help them see that they can do anything in life, you just have to believe in yourself and work hard. If you want something bad enough, work toward your goals and don’t give up. And don’t ever let anyone tell you can’t do something or you are not good enough. Racing is something I always wanted to do and I have changed my future because of racing. I found that working on the marketing and promotions side of racing, I really enjoy it and have decided to make that my career. I hope to one day work for a NASCAR team.
“Working with sponsors and representing them is a unique experience and one that gives you a lot of life experience. I will be in the Mobil 1 booth, with my car, at the Motorama show in March. This week, we also finalized everything and announced that I will be a brand ambassador for Revo. Working with Revo and representing their product is an amazing opportunity for me and I am excited for this new adventure.”
Rick Spencer-Walt – May 22
“We gained the respect of these guys. Maybe not in the way all the time, but I think they know if they drive into my door, I’m going to move them up the track and go by them in the next corner if I get the chance. So if they’re going to hit me, they better take off.” Spencer-Walt on late race restarts.