A change in scenery can be a good thing, but sometimes returning home is even sweeter.
After spending the early part of the 2016 racing season focusing on her 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule as a rookie with Rev Racing, Ali Kern is coming ‘home’ this weekend. The Fremont, Ohio native will jump back behind the wheel of her Super Late Model this Saturday for the ARCA/CRA Super Series event at Baer Field Motorsports Park (CT).
“The thing I'm most looking forward to this weekend is getting back behind the wheel of a Super Late (Model),” Kern told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “K&N cars are a lot different; Super Lates, you can really drive the crap out of them, so I'm looking forward to racing hard as well.”
Kern, who is excited to climb into a Super Late Model again, is also excited for a return to Baer Field Motorsports Park. Last year the 23-year-old driver laid down the fastest lap in qualifying and brought home a podium finish.
“I love Baer Field, said Kern. “I think it's a unique track that takes a little skill to get around fast. We raced there last year for the first time with the ARCA/CRA Super Series and qualified on the pole and finished third.”
While Kern grabbed a win, two poles and two top-five finishes in ARCA/CRA Super Series events last year, she does feel her third-place run in Fort Wayne, Indiana last year was one that got away.
“I feel I deserve a little redemption,” said Kern. “We broke our center link about 30 laps into the race so we weren't able to drive up through the field any further. We had a bad start and finally made it up to third. We were only about six car lengths from the lead. It was a three-car breakaway from the rest of the field. But because the center link broke we weren’t able to pass without getting too loose.”
Kern hopes to get a little redemption Saturday, but at the end of the day just looks for a good run in her first Super Late Model outing of the season.
“It’s going to be super exciting,” said Kern. “I’ve been waiting all season to get back behind the wheel of it. Qualifying and finishing in the top-five would make the weekend a success, but we are obviously shooting for the win and would be disappointed if we come up short.”
Racing is scheduled to begin at Baer Field Motorsports Park at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 21. Race fans unable to make it out to the track will be able to follow along with Trackside Now coverage on Speed51.com
-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @JWimm22
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