After a rough 2018 campaign, Kaitlyn Wallace is looking to turn over a new leaf heading into this year at Flamboro Speedway.
“Coming into the 2019 race season, I have been mainly been thinking about how to make this season much better than last season,” she told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “I have been organizing ideas, looking back at what happened last year and how we can avoid those problems this coming season. Also been working with a few friends who are going to be supporting the Project Dragonfly decal on their race cars!”
While admitting that she is avoiding placing any expectations on the season, she hopes to be able to run every single race night on the 2019 Flamboro Speedway schedule, while scoring top-five’s and a possible win along the way.
She knows it won’t be easy in trying to reach victory lane with the level of competition expected across the roster in 2019.
“I think it’s one of the bigger divisions at Flamboro now actually,” she commented. “I love racing with those people, and i’m actually good friends with most of the drivers in the division as well. Like every division, there’s tough competition that’s for sure! But tough competition always helps you get experience which makes you a better driver.”
Last season, Wallace would end the year ranked 17th in the standings, with five top-10 finishes, highlighted by a fifth-place finish on September 8.
“Honestly, looking back at last year, there wasn’t anything my team, or myself, did wrong,” she said. “Everything we experienced were mechanical issues which were way out of our reach. My team was actually amazing last year; they even worked though the night to get the completely wrecked No. 45 mini stock ready for the second stock car nationals! But this year, I am really hoping for a stress free season for myself and my team. They deserve an enjoyable season! I wouldn’t be doing this without them.”
Outside of Flamboro Speedway, there is a possibility that Wallace may partake in the first ever Mini Stock event at Jukasa Motor Speedway, but she says the bigger focus is figuring out her car to run up front consistently.
“While being at Flamboro, I will also be a backup driver for the No. 42 Pure Stock,” she noted. “So I may be debuting in that division on my nights off from Mini Stocks!”
Through her couple seasons of experience, Wallace has picked up many lessons around the way – including ignore those who say you cannot do it.
“I came into racing in 2017 with no experience behind me; I didn’t even know how to drive standard,” she recalled. “I would say go for it. Don’t be afraid because once you’re on the track, you and your race car become one and it’s one of the most amazing feelings you can experience. And not only is racing the most amazing feeling, but the people you meet there too are amazing. You get welcomed into this family, a family of multiple divisions. I’ve never felt more accepted than I have in the racing industry, even with not being friends with everyone.
“So go and get a full on race car, or buy a run down street car and build a pure stock, get your butt in that seat and drive. You will not regret it.”