Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

(Rosemount, NC) April 25, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Young racers need to have goals.   16-year-old Gracie Trotter’s goal at Orange County (NC) Speedway Saturday night was simple: complete all 150 laps in the CARS Tour’s “Mid Atlantic Classic” for Super Late Models, and pick up a lead-lap finish.   Mission accomplished, in style, in just her third start of 2018.

Gracie couldn’t wait to wheel her #2 TRD/Calico Coatings Toyota Camry in the Orange County event.  “The main goal is to finish all laps, like always. If you do that and stay patient you will usually get a good finish,” Gracie said before the race.   She turned in perhaps the most impressive drive yet in her young career, gaining 10 positions to finish 10th after starting 20th.

Veteran Crew Chief Bond Suss and his team had her ready to go, despite a bit of a handicap with the engine. “We still had the crate engine, and every other car in the field had a super engine…(so) we were a little off pace in qualifying,” said Suss.  But with strong driving from his rising star, that starting position worked out just fine. “Gracie did a great job to keep out of all the wrecks, and she also did a great job to be up on the wheel,” praised Suss.

The Mid-Atlantic Classic featured some tweaks to the normal CARS Tour format, with controlled cautions and segments of 30, 60, 40, and 20 laps making up the 150-lap event. This offered a unique strategic challenge for Gracie and her team, particularly regarding tires. “We changed all four tires at lap 90.   A couple of the fast guys took them at lap 130.  I ran up in the top 10 with all those guys and held a few of them off for a while,” Gracie recalled. “Those guys” included such well-known names as Corey LaJoie, Steve Wallace, and eventual race winner Bubba Pollard.

“It was an awesome weekend,” said Gracie. “I gave everything I had…it was the most fun race I’ve ever done!”   Her first CARS Tour start of the season produced her second career top-ten finish at OCS as well.  Last June, Gracie piloted her Bond Suss-prepared machine to an 8th place finish in her Super Late Model debut at the track.   Two starts at OCS, two top-10 finishes– fun, indeed!

Gracie plans to compete in May in both CARS Tour and PASS South Super Late Model action. The team plans to have a newly-built Super Late Model engine in the #2 TRD/Calico Coatings Camry when Gracie returns to SLM action.

16-year-old rookie Gracie Trotter has a full slate of Super Late Model action scheduled throughout the 2018 season. Visit her website at  to find out when she’ll be behind the wheel!


For media information and marketing opportunities, contact:

Tracy Trotter    704-506-9531

[email protected]

Rick Benjamin 704-998-8945

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Kelly Lundgren 612-385-4814

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Follow Gracie:
Twitter: @RacerGracie
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