After forming a new partnership with RJ Croteau through the off-season, it’s no surprise to see the renewed focus from Michael Kenny entering the 2019 campaign at Flamboro Speedway.
“My thoughts entering this year is to have fun and execute our game plan each week we unload,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS.
After scoring just one single top-10 at the Hamilton, Ontario-based oval last season, Kenny says his team is focused on rebounding this year, ready to run consistently in the top-10 weekly and showcase what he can do behind the wheel.
His focus has began with making sure to put in the hours before the first race of the year on May 4.
“It all starts in the shop,” he commented. “This winter, the team and I have gone over the car many times making sure everything is exactly how it should be so we have no problems unloading at practice day to shake the car down. Another big factor is communication. If you and your team aren’t on the same page, your day can go down hill in a hurry. I’m glad we have a team that listens and openly discusses what we should do and what we need to do to put me in the best possible spot.”
Kenny knows it won’t be easy at Flamboro Speedway this year, noting that “on any given night, you have almost 10 cars that are competitive enough to win a feature.” He was also quick to applaud the improvements the staff have made to the facility over the past couple seasons.
On top of the full schedule at Flamboro, Kenny has made his intentions clear about hitting some of the invitationals across the province, including the July event at Jukasa Motor Speedway.
“The Jukasa Mini Stock race will be the who’s who of Mini Stock racing,” he said. “I am just excited to be hopefully getting the chance to run on the Crown Jewel. It is a remarkable facility that is just improving every year. My thought’s going into the event would just to keep my nose clean and have some fun.”
For Kenny, he has been around racing his whole life from a young age.
“My grandfather raced back in the day, along with my dad and brother, so it’s been a family affair,” he said. “I’ve always had a passion for cars ever since I was little.”
Through the years, there’s been several memorable moments, but Kenny says the biggest was getting his first Mini Stock victory on Flamboro Speedway’s memorial night in 2016.