GRACIE TROTTER WRAPS UP ROOKIE SEASON WITH SOLID RUN AT HICKORY
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
17 YEAR OLD STANDOUT NOTCHES PERSONAL BEST TIME IN QUALIFYING
(Denver, NC) November 13, 2018 (for immediate release):
Super Late Model driver Gracie Trotter is focusing on the next big steps in her racing career, after wrapping up a successful rookie season at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway last weekend. Gracie battled a stellar field in her #2 TRD/Calico Coatings Camry, in the PASS Mason-Dixon Mega Meltdown 200.
Prior to the race, Gracie set a lofty target for herself: “I’m focusing on…a good qualifying run. My goal is to get my personal fastest time at Hickory.” She was able to do exactly that, earning 12th position on the starting grid for last Saturday’s season finale. “It’s a tough field. She did a really remarkable job qualifying,” praised Crew Chief Bond Suss after the race. “All in all a good solid day for (Gracie).”
This was Gracie’s second start in the Mega Meltdown. In 2017, she ran as high as 7th before late-race issues knocked her out. 2018 was a similar story. “This was probably the hardest I’ve ever raced,” she reflected. This time, it appeared Gracie was heading for a top-10 finish, but contact with another driver with 10 laps to go ended her afternoon.
Asked how he’d seen his young driver improve from the early season in March and April, Suss replied, “Just in all aspects, really. Understanding what goes on, how to qualify, how to get on the tires a little bit….she’s made huge strides.” He is also looking ahead to her 2019 campaign, building on this year’s learning and experience. “She made good leaps and bounds this year…shes got to take that same big step again next year.”
“I feel really good about next year,” says Gracie. “This year had a lot of ups and downs…I think this race tonight really proved a lot for me that I can be a lot more aggressive than I was in other races this year.” With a full schedule of 20-30 Super Late Model races planned for 2018, as well as some Late Model Stock Car starts, Gracie is confident in her chances. “I think I can get some wins and some top fives,” she said after Saturday’srace. “I feel really great about it.”
Gracie recently competed in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity combine, which could provide her with even more opportunity heading into the coming season. An announcement about the drivers selected for the NASCAR driver development opportunity is forthcoming.
Follow Gracie’s social media accounts or visit her website for the latest on her future plans: www.gracietrotter.com, and@gracietrotter11 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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