“We did a bunch of stuff this winter to the car so hope it made it a little bit better,” Quesnelle said. “Our plan is to try to run better and if we get one win, we might get one more.”
The KDR Motorsports’ team was able to have a successful 2018, with Quesnelle scoring 13 top-five’s and 20 top-10’s. Now moving forward into this year, the driver says it’ll be critical for them to improve their qualifying effort each week.
“We qualified really well in the heats, but in time trials, we qualified seventh or eighth and that’s too far back to try and catch those guys and pass them,” he commented. “We’d actually be quicker in practice than we were in time trials. We need to step it up there a little bit. The heats were okay, though, as we qualified top-two or three, but we should’ve done better in the time trials.”
With the hard work that the crew has put in through the winter, combined with a couple podiums last year, it is very possible that the KDR Motorsports team could be celebrating a victory early in the season.
“It’d be a huge accomplishment compared to where we were two years ago,” he said. “Our first season we were seventh in points and we came out last year hoping to do better and we were fourth in points. So we’ve come a long way in one season, but a lot of was helped with Paul (Geniole Jr) as he helped us with our line. That was huge.
“I know I keep saying how much that is worth – but you could have a real good car, and that was about getting comfortable in the car and the line on the track. It’s a tricky place to go around. I’m starting to get the hang of it, but still have a little work to do to catch Gord (Shepherd) and those guys.
“If we could run with those guys, that’d be great. We did late last year – ran door-to-door a little bit. It was kind of fun, and felt like the old days at Barrie Speedway.”
Although the team has been consistently improving, it won’t be an easy task reaching victory lane as they will be facing one of the strongest Late Model rosters in 2019.
“It’s great for the sport,” he said. “I hope everybody can continue with the cost of the season, as it’s going to be really expensive to run the full season. Hopefully guys don’t get into a lot of trouble or accidents, because it could end a lot of seasons for a bunch of smaller teams.
“I really like that a bunch of the guys are coming back as it’s great, and it’s really good for the sport with the new rookies, as well. Hopefully we can get up to a consistency of 20 cars every night as that’d be nice.”
The KDR Motorsports team is proud to receive marketing support for the 2019 campaign from Hassell’s Automotive Sales & Service, Triplecrete Limited, Fierce Wraps, D&S Auto Collision, Forterra Pipe & Precast, Emco Waterworks, and Sandbox Tech Child Care.
The first night of the 2019 season is scheduled for April 27, with Sunset Speedway’s Super Stocks and Mini Stocks joining the Late Models that night. The full schedule can be viewed at http://www.sunsetspeedway.ca.