After a successful rookie campaign at Flamboro Speedway, Blair Wickett will be back at the Hamilton, Ontario-based oval competing in the track’s Late Model division.
“This year is another year of year for learning,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “We have a very good car built by Shaw chassis but we just have been in the wrong places at the wrong time. We think that hopefully we can stay ahead of our selves and compete week in and week out.”
Going into the year, he says the goals are to finish each race on the lead lap while keeping the car in one piece as he continues to learn and get faster with each trip to the track.
Last year, Wickett was able to score seven top-fives and 15 top-10’s, including a trip to victory lane on June 17.
“Last season was an up and down season for us,” he admitted. “Learning a new division after our big jump from mini stock to pro late, we kept digging and had a tremendous amount of help from our sponsors and supporters such as Cambridge Auto Repair, Jason and Dale from Shaw Chassis and everyone in the Flamboro pits. We were able to pick up our first checkered flag in our rookie year. Unfortunately, we ended up with a wrecked car the last three weeks which knocked us back in the points.”
With his own success at Flamboro Speedway, Wickett has expressed interest in making his APC Series debut later on this year to see where his program stacks up against the best of the best.
“The Pro Late division has been rejuvenated by the APC series and that seems to be the series to be in,” he commented. “As far as Flamboro goes, its always going to be a home track for me and I’m happy that the Pro Late field has picked backup for John (Casale) that works so hard to keep that track running every week. I just hope we can keep the car counts up this year and put on a very good show the race fans.”
If he is able to make his APC Series debut, he says the obvious biggest competition will be defending series champion Brandon Watson, though also puts Dale Shaw on the short list.
“I know that if Dale Shaw were to run full time again in the APC series, he would be the guy to beat,” he said. “I have always felt that (Matt) Pritiko was the man to beat from watching him as a fan to potentially being able to race with him.”
For Wickett, his interest in racing was sparked after being invited to watch the Waterloo Regional Karting Club by Scott Simmons one morning at Flamboro Speedway. Wickett said he instantly wanted to get a go-kart after, making his natural progression up the racing ladder. Along the way, he has had a lot of success, including some memorable mini stock feature wins.
“I believe that the most memorable moments aren’t at the track,” he said. “They are at home working on the car trying to get it ready for Saturday night racing with dad. Having the chance to run a father=son team with my dad makes the most memorable moments.”