HAGERSVILLE, ON – With three straight top-15 finishes kicking off his Rookie of the Year campaign, 360 Sprint Car freshman Lee Winger is ready to get back to action in Week 4 of the Ohsweken Speedway season on June 5th.
Winger is eager to rally back from a hard-fought 14th place finish in Week 3 that saw the personable up-and-comer battle an ill-handling car after an opening lap collision with multi-time Ohsweken Speedway winner Glenn Styres.
“As soon as we got together with Glenn, the ol’ girl was a bit of a handful,” laughs Winger referring to his Club 54 Tobacco-sponsored ride.
“I was doing all I could just to keep it on the track – the car wanted to head for the fence halfway down the straightaway. To finish with a top-15 after that was a huge positive”
After a week spent repairing his No. 2, Winger insists the work has done nothing to dampen his spirits.
“A little adversity isn’t enough to take the winds out of our sails, man,” smiles the former Thunder Stock standout. “We were back in the shop the next morning getting ready to put everything back together”
“It’s all part of the game. I’d love to stand here and tell you that this will be the last time we have to fix a bent part this year – but we all know that wouldn’t be the truth”
“We’re here to compete, no matter what,” continues Winger. “Every time we back this car out of the trailer we’re looking to get the most out of every single lap. Even if that means trying to save a decent finish from a bad situation”
When asked about his quick turnaround, Winger wastes little time in crediting the support of his sponsors.
“This whole season isn’t possible without Jenn and Coop from Club 54 Tobacco, but this was one of those weeks where I feel especially grateful. With their help, we’ve got this hotrod looking as good as new – and we’re ready for Week 4”
“We’re getting better every time we roll off the warmup track – and our goal is to keep that going on Friday night,” adds Winger. “I’m not afraid of a little hard work and neither are the people around me. These cars aren’t easy in any way, shape or form but we’re just going to keep making laps and figuring things out”
“A rookie season isn’t anything more than a game of inches – and we’re just getting started.”
Details, including gate times and ticket prices, for Ohsweken Speedway’s June 5th event can be found at www.OhswekenSpeedway.ca.
To learn more about Lee Winger, visit the all new Lee Winger Racing page on Facebook.
Winger’s 2015 efforts are made possible thanks to the support of Club 54 Tobacco, Window Werx, Oneil’s Farm & Lawn, New Generation Racing Engines, Extreme Graphics & Design and Metal Works Powder Coating.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)