NEW WAVERLY, Texas – Before the start of his first IMCA Modified season, Ryan Slott would have been happy with a single feature win in 2017.
When the final checkers flew, he had four wins and Razor Chassis South Central Region rookie of the year honors to show for his efforts.
“The class is just taking off around here. It looked like fun and I decided I wanted to do it,” said Slott, from New Waverly, Texas, and now a junior at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville majoring in agricultural engineering. “It was challenging at first. The hardest thing was definitely setup but I slowly got better.”
Slott had raced a factory stock class, which he said was comparable to an IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, for five years before moving into the Modified.
He got his first win in the sanctioned division in just his fourth start, at Gator Motorplex, and ended his night in victory lane three starts later at Cotton Bowl Speedway.
“After the early season play dates, I didn’t think I’d win at all this year but I had a lot of help from a lot of people who steered me in the right direction,” he said. “I was surprised to get my first win so soon but the highlight had to be the win at Cotton Bowl. There were some really fast cars there that night.”
He also had a couple wins at Bronco Motor Speedway, where Slott ended fifth in points.
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HIS CREW: Father Ignatius and brother Rob.
HIS SPONSORS: Slott’s Machine and B & R Productions, both of New Waverly.