GRACIE TROTTER PREPARES FOR EASTER BUNNY 150
Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
–Rookie enters crowded field at home track with high expectations—
March 27, 2018
Hickory, NC (for immediate release):
Following a strong 6th-place finish at Caraway Speedway on March 18, young Super Late Model driver Gracie Trotter is heading to a familiar spot for her next test: Hickory Motor Speedway. Gracie, 16, has plenty of experience at Hickory heading into the PASS South Easter Bunny 150. “I had a great run last time I was there, for the Mega Meltdown, which was 300 laps back in November,” says Gracie. She’s also enjoyed great success racing Legends at the storied venue.
The strength of her #2 Toyota Camry is one reason for Gracie’s optimism. “We tested a couple weeks ago at Hickory and tried a lot of setup things, so we are pretty confident going into the weekend. It’ll be a fast car, especially on longer runs,” she said.
Crew Chief Bond Suss concurs. “Fortunately for Gracie, she has a good comfort level with the track. Since Hickory is so close to the shop and Gracie’s home, it’s our go-to track for seat time. She tested there three or four times last year, and twice this year. With her success there last year, and her run at Caraway, we will up our expectation a little bit.”
The Easter Bunny 150, as Suss explained, is one of the most prestigious events on the PASS docket as it attracts a geographically diverse group. “There should be about 30 cars in the field, including a lot of PASS North drivers; it kind of gets the season started for them, gives them a chance to shake the cobwebs off,” he stated.
Although it’s a deep field, Gracie’s not intimidated. “I’m still learning about the drivers I’ve been racing with since it’s only my 5th Super Late Model race, and it’ll sure be different with some of the northern drivers,” said Gracie. One such driver, three-time PASS North champion and 2016 Easter Bunny 150 winner Ben Rowe, was in Gracie’s rear view mirror at Hickory last November. “In the Last Chance race, I held off (Rowe) for the win,” Gracie remembers.
“There are a lot of cars in this race so I’m going to have to stay on my toes,” mused Gracie. To help her prepare physically, Gracie works with Trey Shannon, a fitness trainer for racers. “We do a lot of neck-strengthening exercises and concussion prevention, as well as stability exercises. It has really helped a lot; I feel so much better than I used to after a long run in the car.” She also does a lot of cardio on her own, and that emphasis has paid off. “After a while (behind the wheel) your heart rate will go up, and I’ve noticed that has been helping also and I feel so much better in the car.”
The green flag will wave at 7:00 pm on Saturday night at the track known as “the Birthplace of NASCAR Legends.” With her team behind her and a strong race car, “I know if I stay patient, keep the nose clean, and watch ahead, I can get a good finish,” said Gracie. “Hickory is a great equalizer,” said Suss. “It doesn’t require a lot of horsepower (to be successful). Our chassis, weight and engine package fits Hickory really well.”
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