Story By: ASHLEY MCCUBBIN / WALLY WILSON RACING – OWEN SOUND, ONT – Wally Wilson has a full schedule on tap, as he is set to run all of the Queenston OSCAAR Modified events in 2019. Though he isn’t ready to let go of his roots yet, electing to compete in a partial Outlaw Midget campaign as well.
“My thoughts entering this (Outlaw Midget) season are that with some changes to the rules, the racing will be a lot more even throughout the field,” Wilson said. “We’ve got a big crop of rookies joining this season; there is just so many variables to be excited about going into the first race to add extra excitement!”
The Midgets are something that has attracted him back in knowing that they are one of the strongest classes in Ontario.
“A lot of people underestimate the skill these drivers have,” he noted. “We’ve grown a lot over the last four seasons since I joined, and with the constant growth each season it seems, we’ve got a handful of rookies joining each season. The class is strong!”
Entering the year, he is hoping to be a consistent front runner, with results possibly increasing the goals outlook.
“I’m not sure if we’ll have enough races to go for a championship, but I believe if we do, we’ll be a contender,” he commented. “Someone has to dethrone that Jody Bound fella eventually!”
The limited schedule will see Wilson hit a variety of tracks, including Full Throttle Motor Speedway, marking his first trip to the bullring since 2015.
“It’s a tight bullring that anyone has a shot to win at,” he said. “I’ll also be making my return to Flamboro Speedway in a Midget, and I’m very excited for that because we had such a good run there in 2016!
“The other two, of course would be my favourite tracks to race at – Sauble Speedway and Peterborough Speedway. Sauble Speedway being my home track, it’s always something special to go there after being in the stands for so many years! And last but not least, Peterborough Speedway has been my most successful track.”
Last year, Wilson showed speed in his limited outings with a heat victory and a couple top-10 finishes.
“My thoughts as I look back on last year are that I really need to start finishing some races,” he noted. “We’ve had the fastest car on track and can never seem to seal the deal come feature time!”
He feels the key to breaking through for a victory in 2019 will be continue working at making his program stronger, while ensuring the car stays together without any fluke finishes.
“Personally, I think I need to work on my race craft, knowing when to go and when to be patient has always been something I’ve struggled with,” he added. “I’m always too patient and it shows by how often I run out of time as I work my way to the front!”
Ahead of the 2019 season, Wally Wilson will be appearing at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo, signing autographs in the Peterborough Speedway booth on Sunday, March 10 at 1pm.