With a focus of having fun each week, Wayne McKibbon was able to have one of his most successful Outlaw Midget seasons to date.
“I enjoyed racing with the Outlaws because it feels like a family,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “I enjoy racing with everybody, and going out there and having fun. It’s like a second family. I have my family at home which comes with me to the races – my son – and then the Outlaws. It’s not always perfect, but everything itself works out, right?
“Actually, I had a few surprises with my family, too. My cousin came out to the track, and I never actually thought she’d come out to the races.”
While there was a lot of fun to be had, the results speak for themselves as McKibbon scored nine feature top-10’s, including a pair of top-five’s, en route to finishing fourth in the year-end standings.
“I know I’m not the quickest car out there, but I am consistent and do my best,” he commented. “But overall, it was a lot of hard work and determination, and I had a lot of support.”
Out of the moments from the year that stands out, McKibbon is quick to point towards his first career heat victory at Sunset Speedway. However, he also noted the fan appreciation nights are fun with the fans, relating back to that in knowing what it was like to be that kid, having been going to the tracks himself since he was two-years-old.
As he gets set to embark on another year of competition in 2020, the goal is set at trying to make it into the top-three in points and score a podium feature finish. To help ensure that happens, he says the key will be practice and seat time.
“I’m still learning, too,” he commented. “I have a great bunch of people around me, helping me when I have problems, suggesting things to try, like Richard and Tony and a whole bunch of people that believe in me. So I just have to go out and have determination and do what I did this past year – go out and have fun.”
For McKibbon, he was a spectator much of his life, until he was 47-years-old and decided to go racing with the Outlaw Midgets and Richard Woodland.
“I’m living a dream – that’s about it,” he said. “I’d like to thank my sponsors – BW Towing, MCI Automation, Randy Button, Ginny Anderson from Royal LaPage. I’d also like to thank the sponsors that help the club. They all help me go out and entertain people; that’s how I look at it.”