Gracie Trotter Finishes Strong at Concord Speedway
Monday, June 4th, 2018
–16-year-old driver Gracie Trotter caps a big week with a solid performance at Old Glory 125–
(Denver, NC) June 4, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The fourth week in May was a big one for rising Super Late Model driver Gracie Trotter. The 16-year- old not only raced in the PASS South Super Late Model “Old Glory 125” at Concord (NC) Speedway, she also signed autographs alongside an all-time NASCAR great on “Speed Street” and had her first live television interview. Gracie appeared on FOX46 Charlotte’s “Good Day Charlotte” with three of her fellow drivers to talk about her current Toyota Racing Development ride and her first season in Super Late Model competition.
Leading up to the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Cup Series race on May 27, “Speed Street” is the annual festival held the week prior, full of concerts, food, beverages, and driver appearances. Gracie was honored to be one of the drivers who appeared on Thursday to sign autographs, give away “hero cards,” and meet her growing fan base.
Friday morning, Gracie joined three other PASS young guns on FOX46 for a live interview ahead of the evening’s action at Concord Speedway. Not only was it great exposure for Gracie, it was also excellent publicity for the short track series. Gracie was asked about being a female driver, and looking up to others such as Danica Patrick who have paved the way for women in racing. Gracie commented, “Toyota Racing Development, I’m a part of them; they’ve really helped a lot of females move up (in) the sport, and I’m really thankful for that.”
Gracie then headed to the track for qualifying. Concord is a fast, challenging half-mile tri-oval, and this was her first race there, in what was essentially a brand-new car. The team provided Gracie with plenty of power….600 horses worth. As crew chief Bond Suss explained, “This (was) the first race for her with a true Super Late Model engine…with the engine change we decided to completely rebuild the car. The engine, clutch and transmission are all brand new….all the hubs and brakes were rebuilt, and the rear end and rear differential (were) completely serviced and redone.”
Gracie was able to qualify in 12th position. Suss was very proud of how his young driver handled herself in this new environment. “The first 60 laps were quite impressive. She did a great job and was running times good enough to be a top 5 car… We were never more then quarter track behind the leader during the first half,” Suss said.
“Every restart I had to start on the outside and it was definitely a struggle as the race went on. I started 12th and made it up to 7th in the beginning of the race, and I stayed there for a while. Those outside restarts were just killing me, but I kept pushing myself,” explained Gracie. She persevered through a wild race that eventually saw Matt Wallace and Harrison Burton, both sons of former NASCAR drivers, finish 1-2. Gracie was able to avoid trouble and finish on the lead lap, which is always one of her stated goals for this rookie season. She finished 11th, a very strong performance in her first Concord race. “It’s all a learning experience,” said Gracie, “so next time I go there I will really know what to expect.”
She also benefitted from her specialized fitness training, which she’s been adding to her regular regime all season in order to improve everything from her response time to her neck strengthening. As Gracie said, “Things happen very fast in racing so it’s always good to have a quick reaction time; that’s what I’ve been working on a lot with my trainer and I’ve noticed it has helped a lot.” Gracie and Bond are also planning to work on her endurance to build up tolerance in hot weather.
The next action for Gracie will be with Joe Ryan Race Cars in her Calico Coatings Legends car, in the Bojangles Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Her next Super Late Model start is scheduled for July 21 at Orange County (NC) Speedway, a 3/8 mile oval, in the PASS South Tour.
Link to Gracie’s appearance on FOX46:
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