GRACIE TROTTER GAINS VALUABLE EXPERIENCE AT HICKORY MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
–16 year old Super Late Model driver has learning experience at Hickory
(Denver, NC) April 2, 2018:
Rising young Super Late Model racer Gracie Trotter showed strong form Saturday night in her second 2018 outing with the Pro All Stars (PASS South) Series. Gracie, a high school junior, battled one of the toughest early-season fields anywhere in Super Late Model competition in the PASS South “Easter Bunny 150”, a Hickory holiday tradition.
Gracie ran her best lap of the weekend while qualifying her #2 TRD/Calico Coatings Camry, meeting one of her goals going into the Hickory event. “It was only her fifth Super Late Model race,” noted crew chief Bond Suss. “That was key, seeing her put up her best lap of the weekend during qualifying.”
Having missed the highly competitive show on time, Gracie had to run the second Last Chance race. She finished a solid 5th and was granted a Promoter’s Option starting spot. Lining up 32nd for the 150 lap Easter Bunny run, Gracie was fast early. “I got off to a good start, and passed four cars pretty quickly. Then I made a rookie mistake. I was closing in on another car going into turn 1, but he started to spin… I tried to drive under him but he got me in the right front corner. If I’d just backed off I could have stayed in the race.”
Gracie pitted twice under caution for repairs, but a damaged radiator prompted a team decision to park the 2 car for the rest of the night.
The teenager knows she has to learn some tough lessons to make it to stock car racing’s highest level, and Saturday night was one such lesson. “I made a lot of improvement throughout the whole weekend. I improved in my feedback to Bond. I was able to change my driving style as the track changed
“She was up against a very tough field in just her 5th Super Late Model start,” noted her veteran crew chief Suss. “You had last year’s Snowball Derby front row there, with Preston Peltier and Bubba Pollard. And we were on a new tire that had a lot of grip. That got us behind for qualifying.”
Now, the Gracie Trotter Racing team is hard at work repairing the damage from Saturday’s Hickory run, repairing the 2 car’s cooling system and replacing some right-side sheet metal. But the biggest change pending is a move to add a Keith Dorton-built engine to the team’s arsenal, which will give Gracie another key tool to use in her career climb. Suss noted, “Next up for us is the CARS Tour event at Orange County Speedway in North Carolina, in two weeks. There’ll be ten or so really good cars there. The new motor will give us a chance to use our ingenuity to bring the best package there for Gracie, so she can get a quality finish next time out.”
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