The 2012 season may not have started out the way Kevin Ward Jr. had wanted it to, but mid season surge, and a break in the action during the heat of the summer has put him back on the top of his game going into the final few weeks of the season. A strong top 10 finish at Selinsgrove Speedway last Saturday in the ultra-competitive 360 Sprint Car open event and then a second place finish in the Empire Super Sprint event at Utica Rome Speedway last Sunday has Ward and his team excited about their remaining events of 2012.
At Selinsgrove, Ward won a qualifying heat race, and started from the front row in their 360 open to kick off Labor Day Weekend. A solid top 10 effort was the end result on a tough track, racing against some of the best 360 Sprint Car drivers in the nation.
The following day, Ward was back in familiar territory, making his fourth and final appearance of the season at Utica Rome Speedway in Vernon, New York. In the three previous starts this season, his best finish was a ninth place, but with momentum shifting in his favor, he was confident that the final run would be much more successful. The night started out with a win in his qualifying heat race, and after starting 11th in the A-main he was quickly charging towards the front of the pack. Sitting in third place with just a few laps remaining, Ward wanted more, and pulled off an incredible pass to take the second spot with just four laps remaining.
“I am really happy with that finish. Things have changed for us lately and we have been running really well. It is nice that things are finally starting to go our way”, says Ward Jr. after the race. “I was just going to stay in third and ride it out and not taking any chances on ruining a good run, but my mind told me otherwise and it ended up working out for us”.
This coming weekend, Kevin Ward Jr. and his Westward Painting team will be on the road to Ohsweken Speedway for the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Friday night will the 8th annual Ohsweken Shootout and the “Night Before the Nationals”. Saturday night will be the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals 35 lap $12000 to win main event.
Kevin Ward Jr. would like to thank all of his sponsors for their support during the 2012 racing season. They include Westward Painting, Tioga Construction, Sherwin Williams, Lyons Falls Tire Inc., Young’s Auto Parts/Carquest, Cash for Cans, and Finish Line Web Design.