INNISFIL, Ontario — Performing double duty on Velocity 250 weekend, Rick Spencer-Walt made the most of his weekend with a pair of trips to victory lane.
Behind the wheel of his familiar No. 31w Limited Late Model, Spencer-Walt finished fourth in the first qualifier, followed by a runner-up in the second heat.
Starting on pole for the 75-lap feature on Sunday, he would battle side-by-side with his Spencer-Walt Motorsports teammate Jade Franklin through the beginning stages, pulling away with the lead on Lap 4. Through the remaining 71 laps, he would continue to pace the field, surviving a series of late-race restarts to come out on top with the victory.
“I knew I had to go there, so I jumped it a bit and they didn’t call it back,” he commented on the last restart. “You got to do that; it was late in the race. I’ve had it happen to me, as (Dwayne) Baker has schooled me a few times here so I learned from the best that I always do, and he taught me a lot of stuff.”
“It’s cooled off a lot for the fans – which is great, but it’s still hot and greasy out here,” Spencer-Walt commented. “I backed up to him, and I was taking it easy rolling it there for awhile. Then he told me the gaps and I started to go a little bit more. You have to save when you get out front. Baker put us on the pole for invert, and I didn’t want to be on the pole. It’s tough to do that because those guys want to go behind me, and then they don’t – I just paced it at the start and we were rolling good.”
To date, with 20 Limited Late Model features now in the books for the 2019 campaign, Spencer-Walt has scored six wins, six runner-ups, three thirds, and a total of 16 top-10’s.
Behind the wheel of the No. 31w Super Late Model for McColl Racing Enterprises, he would post the quickest lap in qualifying to start on the pole. He would easily lead the first 21 laps without challenge, before an incident on the frontstretch. Following a lengthy delay, Spencer-Walt would initially lose the lead on the restart, but kept himself within striking distance of the leader. He would reel Dario Capirchio back in for the top spot, passing him for the lead on Lap 46.
Spencer-Walt then led the final 29 laps, even through a series of late-race restarts, en route to his first career Super Late Model victory.
“The 03 (Capirchio) there was hauling ass and got around both (John) Cadman and I,” Spencer-Walt commented. “As soon as he did, I just backed it up a bit. I could see him starting to go away in front of me, so I started to reel him in a little bit, and I don’t know – Mike (McColl) put a helluva set-up in this thing. It’s unbelievable.”
With the win, he has now won in five different classes – Mini Stock, Super Stock, Limited Late Model, Pro Late Model, and Super Late Model.
The success this past weekend is the perfect cap off to a season that has been widely successful for Spencer-Walt Motorsports, with Rick Spencer-Walt being crowned the 2019 Sunset Speedway Champion and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I Provincial Champion. He was also the highest ranked Canadian in the national standings, finishing 11th.
The Eldon Wallis owned team was proud to receive sponsorship this season from Simcoe Sewer and Water, Gohydrovac.ca, Jim Wilson Chevrolet, Auto Trim Design, Speedy Auto Glass Orillia, Byer’s Equipment Motorsports, Orser Technical Services, Heidi’s RV Superstore, GreenSteelRoof.ca, HOTC, and EPIC Racewear.
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