HAGERSVILLE, Ontario — After picking up his first career Pro Late Model feature victory earlier this month at Sunset Speedway, Rick Spencer-Walt will be one of the 64 drivers challenging for the $50,000 price at Jukasa Motor Speedway’s Canadian Nationals this weekend.
“This weekend i think we just have to make sure everything is right – tires, fuel, weights,” he said. “Everything matters where running against the best of the best!”
Spencer-Walt is one of those drivers to never step down from a challenge, and this weekend proves it as the entry list ranges from the best drivers in Ontario, to some of the stars of the United States including recent Oxford 250 winner Bubba Pollard.
“The competition level in this class was already unreal with just Canadian talent alone,” Spencer-Walt commented. “Adding guys like Bubba, Johnny, Campbell – they will lead and show us how to get around a big track. I just hope we have enough to run with them and he there all day long.”
Notably, the Pro Late Model program started off strongly this season with a top-five, before some struggles the weeks after resulted in the program being shelved to focus on the Limited Late Model at Sauble Speedway and in the Great Lakes Concrete Series. However, bringing the car out for the AP Exhaust 100 at Sunset Speedway proved to be the right ticket, as Spencer-Walt dominated. He took the lead on Lap 56, he led the rest of the way en route to the checkered flag.
“With our first win coming a couple weeks ago, it gives me a ton of confidence,” he said. “I think that was my sixth APC race and fourth race in the new car. Jr Hanley had this car, and right from the time it left his shop. it has been a bullet; just no luck and a lot of disrespect to start the season, or I believe we could be right in the mix.”
While the year may have started off roughly, things have certainly turned around with seven wins and 16 top-fives in his last 16 races at Sauble Speedway and Sunset Speedway, combined.
“I think this season has been up and down,” he said. “It started rough and I honestly debated parking it for the season; the work was there. the guys were there – I thought maybe it was me at one point! When you’re on top in this game, you need to enjoy it as the ride isn’t long and there’s always the next guy/team waiting; this weekend is that. These guys have years more experience and a ton of knowledge; it will be fun to learn with them. And lastly, I hope they like Canadian beer cause if we don’t beat them on the track, you can guarantee we will out do’em in the campground!”
Following the nationals at Jukasa, the Eldon Wallis-owned team will return to Sauble Speedway on Saturday, September 8 for championship night as they enter with the points lead, nine markers ahead of Jason Parker. They will then make the trek to Sunset Speedway on Sunday, September 16, and Sunday, September 23 for the final two rounds of the Great Lakes Concrete Series. Spencer-Walt also leads that standings, eight points ahead of Jordan Lawrence.
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