With success across the province of Ontario in 2018, Rick Spencer-Walt was able to put together an impressive season, capped off by winning a pair of championships.
“Just incredibly humbled to be surrounded by great guys and a great team and very supportive sponsors who follow us everywhere,” he commented.
The year didn’t start off as wonderfully, though, as the first month saw the No. 31w ranked deep in the standings at the end of the events due to incidents throughout the races. The back-to-back issues began to add up, with Spencer-Walt contemplating packing it in.
“I came home one day after another wreck and told (my wife) Danielle (Spencer-Walt), I’m done,” he recalled. “I didn’t want to go to the track anymore; her being her kicked me in the ass and we went together to work and fixed car – just her and I in the shop one night. We had a fun stress free night and went back the following weekend winning! So to say I was proud of it all is an understatement!”
The team chose to run the full schedule at Sauble Speedway, visiting victory lane on multiple occasions en route to winning the track championship after a year-long battle against track veteran Jason Parker.
He also ran the full Great Lakes Concrete Series schedule between Sauble and Sunset Speedway, running solidly through the first five races with three victories, a runner-up, and a fourth to enter the series finale with the points lead. A mechanical issue would park the No. 31w on Lap 19 of the Velocity 250, leaving Spencer-Walt on the sidelines as he watched on to see where his competitors would place and if the previous finishes were enough. It would barely enough, as he would tie with Jordan Lawrence for the points lead, getting the tie-breaker virtue of the wins.
“A lot was going through my head,” he commented. “I just have to thank Nick Goetz and Jordan Lawrence for being racers and both just trying to win. There was a situation where if one car parked the other would’ve been champion, but they are men and raced for the win. I respect the hell outta that!”
After starting off the year with struggles in the APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Series with the Pro Late Model, Spencer-Walt returned to the series in August at Sunset Speedway. Starting 10th for the 100-lap feature, he would track down Jake Sheridan for the top spot, getting alongside him on Lap 55, completing the pass a lap later. Despite four restarts over the back half of the feature, he was able to fend off the field on each one of those, crossing the finish line in first to score his first APC feature victory.
“You know that feeling of goosebumps you get through your body when your watching your favorite athlete celebrate or your favourite team with the cup? I still get those goosebumps every time I watch that video of us winning back,” he commented. “That’s why I know it’s so special.”
The string of success, dating from mid-summer to the end of the season, saw Spencer-Walt score eight wins and 19 top-fives in his last 21 races at Sauble Speedway and Sunset Speedway, combined.
Of course, Spencer-Walt wouldn’t be able to put up the numbers he was able to without the support of team owner Eldon Wellis, and the crew members helping out each week.
“The guys and girls involved in this team are amazing,” Spencer-Walt said. “Doesn’t matter what time of night it is or morning. they are hungry and want to win. Eldon is just a dream come true; all he does is work so we can play. Who does that? The support and confidence he has in our team and me – the sky’s the limit!”
The team plans on celebrating their accomplishments at the year-end banquets, but has also already began shifting their focus towards the 2019 season.
“We will be waiting another few weeks to release some news,” he said. “We are building a brand new car and will be announcing some exciting news about our other car. Until then, we have a few banquets to enjoy and hardware to add to the shelves.”
The Eldon Wallis-owned team is proud to be supported by Gohydrovac.ca, Jim Wilson Chevrolet, Auto Trim Design, Byer’s Equipment Motorsports, Orser Technical Services, Heidi’s RV Superstore, GreenSteelRoof.ca, HOTC, Speedy Auto Glass Orillia, Frame Shop Huntsville, Speedy Auto Machine, Red Castle Performance, and EPIC Racewear.
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