"My dad and I came here in 1999. We walked down there, stood over there on the wall and thought that was pretty cool. went bought a thunder car – didn’t have a trailer, didn’t have a truck, didn’t have no tools, no jack. The first race we ever went to was Peterborough Speedway and Derek Lynch actually gave me bucket of wrenches."
Since then, Ryan Kimball has come a long way as he is now one of the top contenders in Kawartha Speedway's Late Model division on any given Friday night. Earlier this year, Kimball led all teh way till three laps to go, before being spun for the lead.
"We’ve had a good year. been up and down – been so close to winning but have had some bad luck," he says. "It’s been a bit of a frustrating year but gives us motivation to keep coming back."
Last Friday night, the driver of the No. 16 Trail's End Late Model came home with a second place finish, breaking his fourth place finish jinx.
"The run wasn’t that bad," he says. "We were a little frustrated with the starting position. But all in all, we should be happy with a second."
As a result, Kimball now sits third in points, 31 points behind points leader Dan McHattie.
Coming into the season, the goal for the Norwood, Ontario driver was to win the championship and be invited to the Late Model race at New Hampshire at the end of the year.
"We’re still in championship contention, but we’ll see how it goes," he says.
Kimball got his start in the thunder car division, winning three championships, including the 2002 championship at Kawartha Speedway.
"Moved up to Limited Late Models and had a frustrating year and then decided to go with a brand new Late Model there last year," he says.
The 2011 Sunset Speedway Velocity 250 winner is still looking for his first Kawartha Late Model victory, though there's no doubt in most fans' minds that it will come before the season is over.
Concluding, Kimball would like to thank sponsor Trail's End for their support and his entire crew.
"My whole crew is just incredible," he says. Graham (Annis) came on board, can’t say enough for Graham Annis, my dad – these guys are just phenomenal."