Bakersfield, CA – Seth Wise stepped up, in his first full season in a Pro Late Model, becoming one of only three winners in the Spears Manufacturing Pro Late Model Series presented by Sigma Performance Services’ inaugural season. Wise scored a victory at his home track, Kern County Raceway Park in June, to help him finish seventh in the championship standings, participating in eight of 11 events. The Madera Speedway Junior Late Model graduate will be a force in 2022 after earning a win, four top-five and five top-10 finishes in 2021.
Wise’s season got off to a slow start, coming home 24th in the All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway. He bounced back in Round #3 at Irwindale with a fourth, following it up with a third at ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY – ROSEVILLE CA, two events later. His win came at Kern County Raceway Park in Round #6, his first start on the half-mile. A fifth-place finish at The New Stockton 99 Speedway was sandwiched between two twelfth place finishes at Irwindale Speedway and All American Speedway. He completed the series season at Kern, bringing home a seventh among 25 Pro Late Models.
It was a learning season for the rookie driver, attending many tracks for the first time, but an enjoyable one for the Bakersfield native.
“We had an absolute blast racing with the Spears Southwest Tour Pro Lates this season, and we learned a lot along the way”, Wise described. “Since this was the first season, we had no idea what to expect. Our goal was simply to experience each track at least once, while still running some of the big races at Madera. Each track is very different and challenging, and many of the race teams are really good. We’re pleased with how it went, as we managed to earn a top-five finish at each track this year. But we’re confident we can be much more competitive next time around.”
Wise will look for a little more consistency in 2022, where the series will kick off its second season at the All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway. 37 Pro Late Model made the trip in 2021, and Wise will look to earn series victory number two in what should be another stellar field.