As the Northeast ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series heads to the Central Pennsylvania dirt of Clinton County Motor Speedway this Friday, June 28; there are a number of drivers that are still looking to get some solid footing in their 2019 campaigns. Excessive rain outs have hampered the efforts of many, but for veteran Dirt Late Model racer Kirk Baker, that has been just a fraction of his troubles.
In what was the first outing for both Baker and ULTIMATE Northeast back in March at Hagerstown Speedway (MD), Baker was involved in a jaw-dropping crash during the night’s heat races. Baker came away in one piece, but his racecar was a total loss. That and the aforementioned washouts, have put a damper on his season so far.
“Haven’t been up to much, the first race of the year we destroyed a car at Hagerstown in that ULTIMATE show in the heat. So, we had to rebuild from that and run the backup car a couple of times afterwards until we got a new one built,” Baker told Speed51. “We ran a couple of the local tracks, went to Cumberland (MD) once, and ran up at Dog Hollow (PA) a couple of times, good runs. But, its been a struggle this year.”
With some local racing under their belts and their fleet back to full strength, Baker and the No. 11 team are looking forward to getting back into ULTIMATE Northeast competition to get a shot at their first ULTIMATE check and trophy.
“The ULTIMATE Northeast is a really good series, we try to support them every race we can. It’s just with all the rain this year a lot of the shows have been canceled which really hurts. Plus, our trouble hasn’t helped either, so looking forward to getting back.”
Despite a lack of experience at Clinton County, Baker found there was much to like about the track in his one and only visit.
“I’ve only been there one time, that was in late 2017, we ran one of the last shows of the year up there. It’s a good time there, a pretty neat place, it’s small with tight racing. We enjoyed going there, we just haven’t had the chance to go back until this year.”
On the final results, Baker did not fair too well following a mechanical failure. But, he feels that he and his team have what it takes to do well on Friday night.
“I think they’re pretty good even though we’ve been there only once. First time we struggled in qualifying, so we’re going to work on that. We got in the main event, started 23rd and we passed 10 cars in six laps. But, we broke. So we’re on to something if we can get the same setup with similar track conditions, so we should be okay.”
Baker admits that at this point even a solid finish at Clinton County would be a gift, but that’s not going to stop him from going for all the marbles on Friday night.
“At this point a top five in an ULTIMATE Series race would be pretty good. But, we’re racing to win like always.”
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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