SEEKONK, Mass. — Coming off a season that saw him score 13 wins behind the wheel of his Bernier’s Liquors No. 72 INEX Legend Car, Ryan Kuhn is making a move up to the next level in 2017 at Seekonk Speedway.
Kuhn will be competing in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model class at Seekonk each Saturday night. He will be chasing Rookie of the Year honors behind the wheel of his No. 72, with sponsorship backing from Everett’s Auto Parts.
“We want to move up to the Late Model because it will be a different experience with full-fendered cars,” Kuhn told Race Chaser Online.. “It just will be a really good experience because we eventually want to move to Super Late Models and this will be a good start towards us doing that.”
Moving from the INEX Legend Car that he was successful with last season will surely bring a learning curve for the Bridgewater, Mass. second-generation driver. However, with some experience on the Iracing simulator and one race behind the wheel of a Late Model at Seekonk in last year’s D.A.V. Fall Classic 50 lap feature, Kuhn will have a little bit of a head start. He finished eighth in the D.A.V. in just his first career start.
“The Late Model has some better equipment and a bigger right-side, the car is just a little different compared to the Legend,” Kuhn said. “The competition is obviously going to be more competitive for me to deal with.”
Although he will be making a move to the Late Model class, Kuhn will not be completely leaving the Fast Friday series for the 2017 season. He is going to compete in the Legends in select races along the way and will be a threat every single time he hits the track.
“We’re going to try to run the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series, the D.A.V. and maybe a few others races with the Legend Car over the season,” Kuhn said. “We are trying to get it all together — we don’t even really have decals for it yet.”
For Kuhn, the 2017 season will be one about gaining experience and finishing all the laps in each race. He hopes to visit victory lane at least a few times along the way.
“I think it’s going to be the best year I’ve had yet in racing,” Kuhn said.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The cover photo for the piece was provided by Seekonk Speedway.
About the Writer
Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.
When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer. Souza also writes press releases for the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Souza also works for Area Auto Racing News, based in Trenton, N.J.
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