Mother Nature Claims Practice But Waltz Still Optimistic For Race
Lucama, North Carolina – Mother Nature claimed another victory Friday afternoon forcing Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) officials to pull the plug on practice just twenty-four hours before the highly anticipated season opener Saturday night. I have not heard if officials will add additional practice Saturday as both divisions (Supers & LM) have had multiple testing sessions throughout the weeks and this past Thursday.
One driver not all that worried about about the lack of practice is Langley Speedway standout – Matt Waltz. Coming off of what many could argue was a career year for the young driver earning a dozen wins – no literally he and his team won twelve races at Langley Speedway in 2014 – ending the year just out of reach of the championship due to a mishap during the Hampton Heat. The good and very obvious news ladies and gentlemen… it’s 2015! New year, new races, maybe even some new track, and plenty of opportunity to end up in victory lane.
2015 is just that for Matt Waltz and the entire Waltz racing shop – a huge window of opportunity. Not only will he pilot his family owned ride around Langley Speedway this year, hoping to gain just one more spot in the points, Waltz has teamed up with car owner Randy Sears to pilot the #34 Sears Sand & Gravel machine at select races. First up, Southern National Motorsports Park, a track where Waltz struggled his last time out.
“At Southern National I was fresh with Randy and all of his stuff and we just weren’t very good for multiple reasons,” Waltz explained. “I was not used to the Ford crate engine package and what the car liked to make that package work well.” Since that race this past November Waltz tells us they have made incredible progress with both that racecar, his crew, and his entire program as a whole. Its just like throwing anyone into a new system and expecting to see outrageous success right away, its almost impossible and I can prove that across multiple levels of any pro to semi pro sport. If there is one thing I do know about Matt Waltz, give this man some time to think on it and work on it and he will give you one bad fast product!
“Feels just like riding a bike, once you got it it’s almost like second nature,” Waltz said about the almost four month off season. “It has always just felt comfortable to me getting back behind the wheel.” In fact, Waltz almost second-guessed his decision on buying a truck this off-season telling he didn’t get that same exact feeling of driving a car, this is just how tuned into the mechanics of racing Matt Waltz is! That was quickly laid to rest after this past weekend after hoping back into the racecar and turning laps at SNMP.
Waltz and his crew will be looking forward to tonight’s race as he feels they found a good amount of speed during last weeks test session. “First thing is we have to look for balance in the car,” Waltz explained about this mornings practice session. “Then we will look to see if we can improve anywhere else! It will all come down to whos fast come race time so we will see as the days goes.”
Grandstands will open to the public at 4:30 PM EDT with the first car hitting the track for time trial qualifying at 5:00 PM EDT. A last chance race – if needed – is scheduled to start at 6:00 PM with driver intros following that with the drop of the green flag at 7:00 PM. For a full schedule head over to our Touring Series page –> X-1R Performance Products 300. Also make sure to tune into our Twitter page (@theweeklyracer) starting at 4:30 PM EDT for lap-by-lap coverage of qualifying as well as both Super Late Model and Late Model races.