Nikki Ouellette will be a making return to the Sportsman Modified division at Lebanon Valley Speedway. She told 22News what she likes about the competition where there are at least 10 drivers that could win on any night.
“It’s really fun to race with those guys. They are all great drivers. We have pretty clean races most of the time. It’s fun. It’s challenging and it’s always a good time out there,” said Ouellette.
Ouellette has raced in the Sportsman Modified division at Monadnock Speedway as well as the Lite Modifieds at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Ouellette started racing in a dirt mini sprint and then she moved into asphalt racing. Ouellette has always loved dirt racing. She begged her father Ken to go back and race in dirt racing.
The transition into a Sportsman Modified on dirt for Ouellette was pretty rough.
“We had a hard time at first. Just had a car that wasn’t working with us and we couldn’t figure out why. We got a new car and it’s been pretty good ever since. We’ve been able to dial it in and we’ve had a really good time with it. We were frustrated for a while. We have a car that works with us. A package that works,” said Ouellette.
With the Sportsman Modified division, Ouellette can take this car and run it anywhere in New York under the DIRTcar rules. She said it is helpful when it comes to planning to a schedule where they can look and say Lebanon Valley has these races on the schedule and then they can look at the other races on the schedule and look to see where they want to travel to. Ouellette believes this year might be a little tougher because of a lot of tracks going non DIRTcar sanction. Some of the tracks will be racing American Racer Tire and not Hoosier Tires.
Ouellette felt last year was a blast racing in the Sportsman Modified. She had a consistent season. Ouellette and her father Ken became a good team where they were bouncing ideas off each other with the setup on the car and pay attention to how she responded and how the car responded.
“We had a good time and we’re looking forward to this season too.”
Lebanon Valley Speedway will kick off their 2019 season on Saturday night.