The upcoming race will be a tough one for the rookie
NCaTS rookie Alex Guenette takes on the oval-track veterans this Saturday, June 15th in his first race on oval track in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, the EMCO 200 at Delaware Speedway this coming Saturday.
The 17-year-old rookie driver is looking forward to a strong weekend after bad luck struck in the opening laps of the first race of the NCaTS season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, two weeks ago.
The Emco 200 will be Alex’s first NCaTS oval race, on the half-mile course of Delaware Speedway, located 15 kilometers West of London, ON. The team held a fruitful practice session at the track this past Friday, and Alex was most satisfied with the suspension set-up on for his no 39 Motos Illimitees/DLGL Dodge. “The car improved all day as the Jacombs Racing technicians followed my learning curve and built more and more speed into the car. We went out on new tires at the end of the day, and my times were fast and consistent, as I got within one tenth of a second of last year’s pole time.”
Alex has already raced at a high level on oval tracks. Last winter, he was runner-up in the “World Series of Asphalt Stock-Car Racing” for Pro Late Models cars, an 8-race series held during Speed Weeks at the New Smyrna Speedway, near Daytona Beach. That experience will prove useful this coming weekend. According to Alex, “Delaware Speedway is about the same size as New Smyrna, with less banking than the Florida track. This makes it slower in the corners and a lot tougher on brakes as you need to slow down more.”
The upcoming race will be a tough one for the rookie. “I need to get things going my way a little more than at the last NCaTS race. Being quick in practice is great, but my goal is to stay out of trouble and be with the lead pack at the end of the race. I want a good result and the points that go with it.”
Practice and qualifying will take place Saturday afternoon, and the green flag for the EMCO 200 is scheduled for early evening.