HAGERSVILLE, ON- 360 Sprint Car rookie Lee Winger is ready to step back into action this Friday, July 10th at Ohsweken Speedway. Following a pair of frustrating outings during June 30th and July 3rd competition, Winger is retooled with a new suspension package and eager to hunt down his first career top-10 Sprint Car finish.
“Every waking minute of this has been a learning experience,” explains Winger in reference to the first 6 starts of his Sprint Car career. “It hasn’t been easy, but I wouldn’t trade this for the world. Every time we’re out here, it feels like we’re getting better and better”
Winger has worked closely with longtime friend – and former Sprint Car standout – Mikey Kruchka in developing a competitive package for his upstart team. Now, with a number of starts under his belt, the pair has made the decision to invest in a new-look suspension package that could help elevate Winger’s No. 2 into the top-10 conversation.
“We get to experiment with a new shock package this Friday night, so that’s reason to be excited,” smiles the personable freshman. “The suspension package that we’ve been running all season is, essentially, what came with the car when I bought it. This Friday will be our first chance to fine-tune something to our liking”
For Winger, the early-season growing pains were expected, and the multi-time Thunder Stock winner is quick to note that he’s in it for the long haul.
“When you’re starting a team like this from the ground up, you have to work twice as hard for half the results,” shrugs the Hagersville, ON racer. “We’ve put 100% of our effort into this car, and I feel like we’re ready to start making the necessary adjustments to run with some of these guys that have been out here for years”
“This car has so much potential. We’re finding out what it likes and what it doesn’t like – and, at the same time, finding out what works for my driving style”
After a string of top-15 finishes to open up his 2015 campaign, Winger is confident the team is closing in on the adjustments necessary to help him find his way to the front of the field.
“We knew coming into this deal that the only way to make this car work would be to just try things,” says Winger with a smile. “A lot of this process is addition by subtraction. We’ve whittled down what doesn’t work – and now we’re on the doorstep of making the final changes necessary to wake this car up.”
Details, including gate times and ticket prices, for Ohsweken Speedway’s July 10th 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)