“We had a good season, but it wasn’t quite up to our expectations.”
That was the summary of the 2019-20 Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series from hit92.9 Kendrick Racing Team boss Geoff Kendrick.
While it might not have reached the team’s lofty expectations, it was still something that everyone is proud of as Geoff explains.
“Yeah a lot of people will see it was a great season and we won another championship (that makes it three successive Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series championships now), but we expect more from ourselves and we set our goals a lot higher,” Geoff said.
“We are extremely happy to win the series again but now we are resetting our goals to be even higher for next season,” he said.
“In another pleasing aspect we set the most Victory1 Performance Quick Times and we showed we had plenty of pace, even when we started the night off badly and we often had to dig deep and come from the back of the pack.”
For the record Jason Kendrick claimed three wins, another three 2nds, no 3rds, three 4ths and two fifths.
“Jason drove well throughout the year and you could always count on him to be consistent,” Geoff said.
“We can look at things and say we might have done better if this had happened, or that had happened, but at the end of the day, that’s sprintcar racing – it’s a tough gig, everyone who goes out onto the track is committed and they are passionate and every driver wants to win.
“The advent of COVID-19 and social distancing has already meant that we have had plenty of time to think and plan for next year and when the social distancing laws are relaxed and we can go racing again, we will be ready.”
Geoff not only paid tribute to Jason as a driver, but also all the hard-working crew behind the scenes – the guys who have put in a lot of hard yakka at the race workshop to ensure things go as smoothly as possible on race night.
“And of course all our loyal sponsors, including hit92.9 who have been with us for more than 25 years.
“In fact there are plenty of loyal sponsors who have backed us for a long time, including Castrol, Amcap, Del Basso Smallgoods, Kincrome, McCarthy Panel & Paint, Pacific Finance, Schorer & Sons, Schweppes, TLC, Varley Transport, Trojan & Earthex and we can’t thank them enough to being part of the journey.
“And in recent seasons we have had some great new sponsors come onboard including Canningvale Toyota, Red Pepper, Novus Glass, The Pool Shop, and Only Food and Sauces
Geoff also wanted to recognise the efforts of Maddington Toyota for being the naming rights sponsor of the series, saying it was wonderful to have great corporate support from Toyota in speedway.
He also made mention of the Perth Motorplex for their ongoing support of sprintcar racing in Western Australia and all the work they do to showcase the sport in the best possible light, as well as the other venues, such as Bunbury and Albany that were part of the series in 2019-20.
“And also thank you to the other drivers, team owners, sponsors and crew who continually support our WA race teams – you are the heart and soul of the sport that we all love and we can’t wait to see you all, along with the racefans, back on track later this year.”