FRASERVILLE, ON- Kevin Cornelius appeared en route to a much coveted top-3 at Kawartha Speedway, when a flat tire on lap-40 relegated the veteran to the pit area. Cornelius would change the tire and return to action, working his way to 7th before running out of laps.
“We were fast all day long, the car felt great”, offered Cornelius post-race. “It’s definitely starting to feel as though we’re snake bit at Kawartha. We had the power steering line blow here in June, and now we lose a tire with 10-laps to go”
“It takes the wind right out of you”, added Cornelius.
Cornelius’ KDR Motorsports team entered Round 8 of the OSCAAR tour with hopes of a rebound performance, after suffering a mechanical DNF the week before at Peterborough Speedway.
The Halton Crushed Stone/Lee Sand & Gravel No. 17 ran amongst the leaders all afternoon, with Cornelius winning his qualifying heat and racing within the top-5 for the entirety of the feature’s first 40-laps.
“This team prepared an awesome car for me today, that’s why it’s so disappointing to have the finish we did”, said Cornelius. “There’s no question in my mind that we had a car capable of finishing on the podium today”
“We still had a decent car after we changed the flat, but 10-laps doesn’t give you much time to work through a field as talented as this”
The Super Late Model sophomore makes it clear his team will be looking for redemption in Round 9 of the tour at Sunset Speedway on August 23rd.
“All that’s left to do is work through this stretch of bad luck and get back to winning”, said Cornelius matter-of-factly. “I don’t think there’s any question of motivation at this point. With all that’s been thrown in front of our team the last two weeks, I want to win at Sunset more than anything”
“Sunset’s a speedway that I feel very comfortable at”, continued Cornelius. “Our team has won a Ltd. Late Model championship there, and we always seem to have a good car when we come back with the OSCAAR tour. The last time we were there, we won the Don Biederman Memorial. It’s the perfect place to turn our luck around”
Kevin Cornelius’ McColl Racing Enterprises chassis is powered by a Leich Performance engine and sponsored by Halton Crushed Stone, Lee Sand & Gravel, Sandbox Tech Child Care, TripleCrete Ltd., Hanson Pipe & Precast, Alliston Transmission, Ed’s Automotive and MacMaster Pontiac Buick GMC.
Fans can follow the team on Twitter @KDR_Motorsports as they prepare to return to Sunset Speedway for Round 9 of the OSCAAR tour.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)