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Ryder Wells rebounds for third in the feature main

Photo by Zach Wells/courtesy

By Jerry Jordan, Editor

It wasn’t the best day of racing for Ryder Wells as he tackled Acadiana Speedway and attempted to continue his winning ways behind the wheel; coming home with a third-place run after a spin in the main event.

Wells, who last time out came in second in the adult karting class and won every other division he competed in that day, is only 12-years-old but he handled the situation Saturday like pro. Battling through the field after restarting at the tail of the field, he said, he didn’t have enough time to get to first. He did win a heat race earlier but had to overcome interesting track conditions.

“It was really dusty on one end and muddy on the other,” Wells said. “The kart felt good and we made adjustment through the day to get it even better.”

In the feature main for the Junior 2 Class, Wells started on the pole and looked to run away with the win but an on-track incident that led to a spin caused him to restart in the back. Whatever “top secret” adjustment he and his dad, Zach, made to the kart before the race paid off because he drove back to third before the checkered flag fell – just three laps later.

“It was a good night,” Wells said. “I learned a lot tonight and we made some extreme adjustments to the kart. The best thing was that I made a lot of clean passes – high and low – working my way through the field and that is a big help on improving going forward. There wasn’t a scratch on the kart at the end of the night.

“I do want to congratulate everyone that won their feature races tonight at Acadiana Speedway. It’s a really fun track, too.”

Wells said it was his dad’s birthday, so he wanted to let him know how much he appreciated him spending it at the track with him. He also thanked his PawPaw for being there and his sponsors Danny Youngblood and Kickin’ the Tires.net.

As most everyone following Wells’ career knows he has an open-wheel mini-sprint sitting at the house that he can’t wait to get out and race. That day is coming, he said, as school comes to a close in the next few weeks and the racing action gets hot during the summer months.

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