CURRENTLY 7th IN CHAMPIONSHIPadmin
As we continue our countdown through the top-ten in the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series, we now reach a tie for the number seven position. Occupying one of those spots is the 2018 Rookie of the Year Runner-Up, Kyle Neveau. Neveau finished 11th in the overall standings last season, and has advanced four positions in his sophomore year, through six of nine events.
To this point in the season, Neveau has only one top-five, but he has been consistent, averaging an 11.8 finish, in fields that have averaged over 26 participants per event. Five of his six starts have found him in the top-14, but Neveau is looking for a little more speed headed to the final three events of the season. It is a desire that has led the team to make some changes, and update some of their equipment.
“It’s been a disappointing year to this point, there’s no other way to put it”, Neveau told the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series. “We wanted to contend for wins this season, and that hasn’t happened. We are in the process of changing over our front suspension program, with this extended break. I’m confident that should be a positive step, because I feel like we were working with outdated info, compared to some of the other teams in front of us.”
One track that has been a silver lining for the team has been his hometrack, Irwindale Speedway. Neveau was a top-five car at both events this season, but contact from behind, in the season opener, ended in a hard crash and his only DNF of the season, after leading eight laps. At the July event, Neveau was able to finish off his effort with a fourth-place result, after a nice fifth quick lap in qualifying. The result shows the confidence the San Clemente, CA driver has at the ½-mile speedway.
“Every time we go to Irwindale, I go in knowing that nobody is better than me at that place”, Neveau volunteered. “Finishing fourth was nice, and I give my guys a ton of credit, because they give me a great car. I feel like we overachieved on that one, but I want to win there. I don’t see any reason why we won’t, when we go back there with the changes we’re making. It was a nice confidence boost and I think we should be better to close out the year.”
As the series heads into the final three events at Madera Speedway, Kern County Raceway and the Bullring @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Neveau is looking forward to visiting each of the three facilities. With his success at the half-miles, Neveau is most looking forward to the October Classic, at Kern County Raceway.
“I always like Kern, because I feel like it’s one of our stronger tracks, but I’m looking forward to all of them”, Neveau stated. “The short tracks definitely aren’t my strong suit, but I like Madera, and I’m looking forward to the challenge. Vegas is always fun, so I’m excited for that challenge as well.”
The jump to sixth in the standing is 58 points and 60 to the top-five. Although it is a good-sized hurdle, Neveau is capable of reeling off top-tens in each of the next three events. With the changes the team has made, he hopes those will become top-fives, with a shot at a victory. With those results a championship top-five could be in the works. To achieve those goals, Neveau is thankful for the support he and his family owned team receive.
“Thanks to my guys for all the sacrifices they make, I wouldn’t want to do this with anyone else. I’d also like to thank Santa Monica Brew Works and Gordon Frasier CPA for the support.
Celebrating its nineteenth season in 2019, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series is a regional stock car series competing on paved ovals in the southwestern portion of the U.S. “The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series..…Where the Champions Race”.