Since hitting the Connecticut racing scene, Ray Christian III established a name for himself running four-cylinder Mini Stocks to multiple wins at his home track in Waterford. Two years ago “RC III” took a bold step all the way up to the track’s Late Model division, achieving success in 2016 by scoring three wins on the Connecticut shore.
Last September also marked another important step in his career as the 26-year-old driver, represented his home state proudly at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, with a fast showing in the ACT Invintational. For 2017 Christian plans for a major breakout, hitting the road to compete on the ACT Tour in addition to running in CT.
“It’s exciting, we got a nice 2016 Crazy Horse Late Model, fresh body, fresh motor, all that good stuff. Going to be running full-time ACT Tour, full-time Thompson, full-time Waterford, it’s going to be very busy,” Christian told Speed51.com powered by JEGS back in March.
Though Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s predominant Midweek/Sunday schedule leaves no conflict with ACT, there are a few possible conflicts should Waterford, which has had questions raised about the status of the 2017 season in the last week, go forward with it’s Saturday night program.
“We’re going to give it a shot for Rookie of the Year on the ACT Tour, it’s going to kind of depend on points because we are going to have some schedule conflicts, but we won’t have to make a call on that until June 17. By then we’ll know where we are at either on the Tour at White Mountain or at the Bowl. We’ll wait until then and decide where we are going to go.”
In addition, Christian plans to return to NHMS in September for the ACT Invitational to hunt for a win and even plans to go further north during the summer months.
“We’re definitely going back to Loudon. That was an experience of a lifetime, we learned a whole lot, ended up going the distance in 13th for our first showing. We think we can definitely improve. We’re also going to make an appearance in Canada (Serie ACT) at (Autodrome) Montagmy, see how that goes.”
Though the challenge of tour racing is new to Christian and the No. 93CT team, it is something that they have spent the last year preparing for.
“It’s going to be busy, but we got an older car from two years ago that’s getting a 2017 front clip, so we’ll have two identical cars matching. So we should be good to go on that front.”
The first outing for team will be this Saturday and Sunday at Thompson’s Icebreaker weekend in the 25-lap Late Model feature. Be sure to follow Speed51’s Trackside Now coverage.
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com CT, MA & Long Island Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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