GRACIE TROTTER NOTCHES STRONG FINISH IN PASS DEBUT
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
–Rookie opens Super Late Model career with 6th place finish—
March 20, 2018
Sophia, NC (for immediate release):
Sunday, March 18, was a big day for 16-year-old Gracie Trotter. After last weekend’s weather-related postponement at Caraway Speedway in North Carolina, the PASS Super Late Model rookie finally got to make her season debut in her #2 Toyota Camry in the RGS Products 125. “As 2:30 approached, I was definitely nervous because I was starting up front with all the guys who’ve been doing this for a while,” said Gracie. “I also felt confident in myself and knew I could stay up there with them, and I knew Bond gave me a good car for the race.”
Gracie, part of Toyota’s Driver Development program, had her first opportunity to test at Caraway earlier this month. Prior to the race, Gracie stated “Since it’s my first Super Late Model race of the year, and just my fifth in the car, I have realistic goals. I know if I keep my nose clean, I feel like we’ve got a top ten car.” She was able to do just that, qualifying in the top ten and getting stronger in the late laps, to notch a strong sixth place finish.
Veteran late model standout Brandon Setzer is helping coach young Gracie, and provided valuable guidance at Caraway. “Brandon is a huge help with everything; he’s an awesome coach. Saturday in practice I was struggling with where I needed to brake and how much I needed to use…I picked up a lot of time and was more consistent with his help. He’s a great guy… one of the best drivers out there.”
The next opportunity for Gracie will come on Easter weekend, at Hickory Motor Speedway. “I feel very confident going into Hickory in 2 weeks; I have a lot of laps there and I had a great run last time I was there for the Mega Meltdown, which was 300 laps back in November.” One point of emphasis for Gracie in that race will be on tire conservation. “Brandon leaned into my car (before the race) and told me good luck and to save my tires, and he’s the best at knowing how to save his tires….by lap 50 I could feel I didn’t do it good enough, but that’s a lesson (learned) and I will know better my next race.”
The traditional Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory is scheduled for March 31, and Gracie plans to build on Sunday’s success with another strong performance.
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