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Dustyn Mombourquette Reflects Back on “Dream Season” in 2022

With no finishes worse than third and an average finish of 1.4286, Dusytn Mombourquette secured the 2022 Sunset Speedway Limited Late Model Championship.

“I honestly still can’t believe the season we had, honestly a dream season,” Mombourquette told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “To be able to go out and win the first, and last points nights and lead the points all season long, I can’t ask for anything more.”

Mombourquette’s season consisted of a lot of victories, as he won five of the seven races throughout the summer at the Innisfil, Ontario oval. It brought several highlights, with his first favourite moment being his first career victory, and having all of his family and friends there to celebrate the moment with him.

“The second one would be running the Young Gun’s race at Autumn Colours for the Bullen family,” he added. “To be even considered to drive someone else’s racecar, is such a special feeling, and I’m so glad I was able to go out and put on a show for them without ever sitting in a mini stock before.”

He will hope to carry the success into the new year, set to return to Sunset Speedway as part of their Pro Late Model division. It’s a jump he’s excited about in seeing “how we fair against the top guys.” Whether the progression leads to moving up into other series in the future is yet to be seen, though.

“I’d love to ride this wave as far as I possibly can and just see where it takes me,” he commented. “I’m extremely thankful and grateful for all the opportunities I have received over the years and I really can’t thank everyone who has helped me to this point enough.”

While being surrounded by a great crew full of experience and knowledge, one of the individuals leading that charge is Dustyn’s father who raced himself before.

“It means so much to have such an amazing mentor by my side,” Mombourquette expressed. “My dad has helped me so much non stop for the past eight years. We have put together some really good race cars together in that time and to see all the hard work finally pay off last year is incredible. It’s very relaxing to know you have someone who you can ask anything about the car to and get the answer you’re looking for, and that we can talk over adjustments together. I wouldn’t want to do this with anyone else by my side.”

The decision for him to follow in his father’s footsteps started at a young age, with always having the desire to get behind the wheel and spending weekends in the garage with his father trying to learn as much as possible.

It’s why with the knowledge he’s gained, his advice for kids coming up through the ranks is simple in saying, “to just have respect to your competitors and your equipment, and to just enjoy every lap.”

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