It had been a frustrating start to the 2012 season for Kevin Ward Jr., but the team continued to work hard to turn things around. With events at Mohawk International Raceway on Friday and Can Am Motorsports Park on Saturday, Kevin hoped for a strong performance during their SUNY Canton Weekend.
Mohawk International Raceway is located in Hogansburg, New York. Ward Jr. returned to the track after getting rained out last month. After a second place run in his qualifier, Kevin lined up for the 25 lap A-main from the fourth position. Ward moved to third at the start, and stayed within touch of the leaders through the first 10 laps before moving into second. Over the next eight laps, Ward Jr. remained within touch of the leader, made the winning pass on lap 18 as the leader tangled with a lap car. Kevin ran the final seven laps up front to pick up his first win of 2012 and second career Empire Super Sprint victory.
“It feels amazing to get back here to victory lane. The car has been horrible for us all this year I could never get the thing to handle but tonight all of a sudden it was amazing”, says Ward Jr. after the race”. “I am just really proud of this whole team and tonight the car went good. He (Hebing) scared me a little bit there but I guess Cobras will do that to you,” joked Ward about Hebing taking a look on the final lap. “I kept going and pushed the gas pedal down a little bit harder and brought the victory home.”
The SUNY Canton Shootout Weekend continued on Saturday night at Can Am Motorsports Park in Lafargeville, New York. After finishing outside of a qualifying spot in his heat race, Ward Jr. had to qualify through the B-Main, which he was able to win, earning the 19th place starting spot in the night’s 25 lap A-Main. The entire 25 lap race went caution free, and with a 14th place finish, Ward won the Hard Charger award for most positions gained from start to finish.
The next race on the schedule for Kevin Ward Jr. will be back at Mohawk International Raceway on Friday, July 20th where he will be looking for a repeat performance in his Westward Painting machine.
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.
For more information on Kevin Ward Jr. including updated race results, photos, sponsors and more, please visit our website, www.kevinwardjr.com.