PETERBOROUGH, ON- Limited Late Model rookie Matt Spence continued to impress at Peterborough Speedway, chasing an ill-handling racecar through practice and qualifying to a 6th place finish in the 20-lap feature.
“This day was all about my team”, stressed Spence post-race. “We really had a hard time with this car from the time we rolled off the trailer. We fought this thing all day, but my guys didn’t give up. By the time I hit the speedway for the feature, I was able to go to work. I can’t thank my crew enough for that”
‘The Sidewinder’ started 11th in the field, and rallied early to infiltrate the top-5.
“Our features don’t give you long to sit back and strategize”, explained Spence. “Starting deep, I knew I had to test the car early on if I had any hopes of running with the leaders”
Showing veteran precision, Spence worked his way to the 4th position, and was beginning to close on the top-3 when a mid-race caution stacked the field up.
“We really didn’t want to see that first caution”, said Spence with emphasis. “As soon as we caught that first yellow, it seemed as though we couldn’t get a green flag run to save our life”
“Running 4th, we were hung out the outside for 4 or 5 restarts, which gave us absolutely nothing to work with”, continued the freshman. “It’s tough to find bite on the outside at Peterborough, and once the race stayed green we couldn’t keep from being freight-trained. It was frustrating to say the least”
Despite his less than ideal finish, Spence is optimistic about what the 2014 holds for his upstart program.
“I definitely had high hopes for our Rookie year, but I never dreamed we would pick up on things as quickly as we have. It’s going to take a lot of work, and a tonne of seat time. But, our team isn’t afraid of either of those. We’re motivated and we’re ready to do whatever we have to”
“There’s a lot of upside to this team”, beamed Spence. “We just might surprise some people this season”
Matt Spence’s 2014 season is made possible thanks to marketing support from Sellmunity.com, BLS Textiles, Pineridge NAPA Auto Supply, Durham Furnace, Heating & Cooling and Graphic Lettering Services through the 2014 season.
Matt will return to competition this Saturday, May 31st at Peterborough Speedway. Gate times and ticket prices are available at www.PeterboroughSpeedway.com
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By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)