With consistency on a weekly basis this year, including some trips to victory lane, Craig Kamrath was able to put the pieces together to win the 2018 Sauble Speedway Mini Stock Championship.
“I’m really proud of winning the championship,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “We led the points from opening night and never looked back. There might not have been a ton of cars at the beach this year, but the cars that were there are top shelf stuff. I wanted to be able to say I’m a NASCAR Home tracks champion.”
Throughout the year, there were certainly a bunch of moments that stood out – from side-by-side battles with fellow competitors, to celebrations in victory lane and overcoming adversity. Kamrath admits that it’s not always easy to find time to work on the racecar through the week due to being busy with his company ImageWraps.ca.
“Customer’s work always comes first,” he said. “I don’t go to the track unprepared; that’s just not my style.”
The moment that stands out from the year, though, was post-race on championship night at Sauble Speedway celebrating the championship on the frontstretch alongside his brother Andy Kamrath.
“It was literally a sea of kids, and to get to do it with your brother winning the race, what else can you ask for?” He said. “We knocked off the back to back champion.”
While admitting the title has yet to begin to sink in, he did state that his crew and family partied last Saturday night, and will do so once again at the banquet, with it probably beginning to sink in then.
Part of the reason why it may not have begun to sink in, though, is the work isn’t done yet this season. There is still the Great Lakes Concrete Series Championship on the table for the taking, and Kamrath’s focus is on helping his teammate Warren Paxton take home the title. Paxton currently sits just one point behind points leader Kevin Bridge with two races to go.
“He helped my all season; now it’s time to repay that favor,” he said. “We are going to try a couple things to see if we can get better, that should help everyone’s program.”
To put together an effort like he has, there is obviously a lot of thanks to be given for a season to remember.
“First I got to thank my family- Julie, Cole, and Carter,” he said. “Second my teammates Andy and Warren; those guys are always there to help. Third – Chris Ruigrok at Carfab; he is the mastermind behind that 51 car. And then all my great sponsors – London Recreational Racing, KnK Lawn Care, Carfab, Imagewraps.ca, Nickason Electric, Marvin Frieburger truck repair, Dennis Herman of ReMax, Next-Level automotive. Oh ya, and Mark Dilley and Paul Gresel at Sauble Speedway for a great season.”