GRACIE TROTTER WINS ROUND 5 OF BOJANGLES SUMMER SHOOTOUT

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

–16-year-old driver scores first win of 2018 Summer Shootout–

(Denver, NC) July 7, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Emerging young driver Gracie Trotter made it to victory lane on Tuesday night, July 3, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the fifth round of the Bojangles Summer Shootout. It’s her first win in the Shootout’s Legends Semi-Pro division, and it was her sweetest win yet.   It followed her Young Lions win in round one of the 2017 Shootout by about a year.

One of only three female drivers in a packed field of 26, Gracie battled her way from a fifth-place start, showing she’s not afraid to be aggressive en route to this first victory. She survived a tight battle with Sammy Smith take the lead for good with 7 to go.

With the amount of crashes she had to avoid, and the way she fought back after 8 cautions, “This was the most exciting win I’ve ever had,” said Gracie. “There was a great crowd, and when I got out of the car, I looked up in the stands and everyone was on their feet cheering…it was awesome. Builds our confidence so much.”

The drivers also enjoyed time for fan interaction during the intermission, and Gracie made many young fans happy by posing for photos and autographing hero cards. “I met a lot of little kids… there was one little girl who told me her name was Gracie, too. I barely looked up (from signing) the whole time!” remembered Gracie.

Gracie’s behind the wheel again this Tuesday, July 9, for round six of the Shootout, and she is not content with this one win. “I’m looking for a repeat,” Gracie said.  She’s grateful to Joe Ryan Osborne, her Legends crew chief, for his dedication to helping her get this first Semi Pro win. “We’ve been wanting it so bad for so long… this makes me hungry for more!”

In addition to the Summer Shootout at CMS, Gracie is also getting ready for her next appearances in the #2 Super Late Model TRD/Calico Coatings Toyota Camry. They will be testing a few times in July to prep for Gracie’s August races, the CARS Tour Throwback 276 at Hickory Motor Speedway on the 4th, and the PASS South Davenport Energy 150 at South Boston Speedway on the 11th.

 

 

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Summer shootout schedule:

http://legendsnation.com/2018/02/07/schedule-released-25th-anniversary-bojangles-summer-shootout/

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Gracie Trotter Finishes Strong at Concord Speedway

Monday, June 4th, 2018

–16-year-old driver Gracie Trotter caps a big week with a solid performance at Old Glory 125–

(Denver, NC) June 4, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The fourth week in May was a big one for rising Super Late Model driver Gracie Trotter.   The 16-year- old not only raced in the PASS South Super Late Model “Old Glory 125” at Concord (NC) Speedway, she also signed autographs alongside an all-time NASCAR great on “Speed Street” and had her first live television interview.    Gracie appeared on FOX46 Charlotte’s “Good Day Charlotte” with three of her fellow drivers to talk about her current Toyota Racing Development ride and her first season in Super Late Model competition.

Leading up to the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Cup Series race on May 27, “Speed Street” is the annual festival held the week prior, full of concerts, food, beverages, and driver appearances.  Gracie was honored to be one of the drivers who appeared on Thursday to sign autographs, give away “hero cards,” and meet her growing fan base.

Friday morning, Gracie joined three other PASS young guns on FOX46 for a live interview ahead of the evening’s action at Concord Speedway.  Not only was it great exposure for Gracie, it was also excellent publicity for the short track series.  Gracie was asked about being a female driver, and looking up to others such as Danica Patrick who have paved the way for women in racing.   Gracie commented, “Toyota Racing Development, I’m a part of them; they’ve really helped a lot of females move up (in) the sport, and I’m really thankful for that.”

Gracie then headed to the track for qualifying.  Concord is a fast, challenging half-mile tri-oval, and this was her first race there, in what was essentially a brand-new car.  The team provided Gracie with plenty of power….600 horses worth.   As crew chief Bond Suss explained, “This (was) the first race for her with a true Super Late Model engine…with the engine change we decided to completely rebuild the car.  The engine, clutch and transmission are all brand new….all the hubs and brakes were rebuilt, and the rear end and rear differential (were) completely serviced and redone.”

Gracie was able to qualify in 12th position. Suss was very proud of how his young driver handled herself in this new environment. “The first 60 laps were quite impressive.  She did a great job and was running times good enough to be a top 5 car… We were never more then quarter track behind the leader during the first half,” Suss said.

“Every restart I had to start on the outside and it was definitely a struggle as the race went on. I started 12th and made it up to 7th in the beginning of the race, and I stayed there for a while. Those outside restarts were just killing me, but I kept pushing myself,” explained Gracie. She persevered through a wild race that eventually saw Matt Wallace and Harrison Burton, both sons of former NASCAR drivers, finish 1-2. Gracie was able to avoid trouble and finish on the lead lap, which is always one of her stated goals for this rookie season. She finished 11th, a very strong performance in her first Concord race. “It’s all a learning experience,” said Gracie, “so next time I go there I will really know what to expect.”

She also benefitted from her specialized fitness training, which she’s been adding to her regular regime all season in order to improve everything from her response time to her neck strengthening. As Gracie said, “Things happen very fast in racing so it’s always good to have a quick reaction time; that’s what I’ve been working on a lot with my trainer and I’ve noticed it has helped a lot.”  Gracie and Bond are also planning to work on her endurance to build up tolerance in hot weather.

The next action for Gracie will be with Joe Ryan Race Cars in her Calico Coatings Legends car, in the Bojangles Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Her next Super Late Model start is scheduled for July 21 at Orange County (NC) Speedway, a 3/8 mile oval, in the PASS South Tour.

 

Link to Gracie’s appearance on FOX46:

http://www.fox46charlotte.com/good-day/336118148-video

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Gracie Trotter prepares for Old Glory 125 at Concord Speedway

Monday, May 21st, 2018

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Gracie Trotter prepares for Old Glory 125 at Concord Speedway

–16-year-old driver Gracie Trotter to sign autographs, appear on FOX46 during Speed Week–

(Denver, NC) May 21, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

It’s a huge week for rising young Super Late Model driver Gracie Trotter, which is appropriate.   That’s because this is the biggest week for motorsports in Charlotte, North Carolina, this year or any year.   Gracie is preparing for her next race, a PASS South Tour appearance at Concord (NC) Speedway north of Charlotte on May 25 in the Old Glory 125, and she has several opportunities to meet fans in the week leading up to that race.

Leading up to the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Cup Series race on May 27, “Speed Street” is the annual festival held the week prior, full of concerts, food, beverages, and driver appearances.  Gracie is thrilled to be one of the drivers who’ll be appearing on May 24, from 1-2:00 pm, to sign autographs and meet her growing fan base.  She’ll be joining familiar names like Ernie Irvan and son Jared Irvan; active Naval Officer and ARCA/NASCAR K&N driver Jesse Iwuji; NASCAR Xfinity driver Cole Custer; and fellow PASS drivers Matthew Craig and Kodie Connor. “I’m really looking forward to Speed Street and meeting all the race fans. It’s always cool talking with them,” says Gracie. Come see her at the Circle K Autograph Zone, located on Tryon Street between 3rd Street and MLK Jr Boulevard.

The following morning, Gracie has been invited to be a guest on FOX46’s “Good Day Charlotte,” where she’ll talk about her current Toyota Racing Development ride and her first season in PASS South competition.  Gracie will also preview that night’s Old Glory 125, her first Super Late Model race at the ½ mile oval of Concord Speedway. “I’m feeling pretty good going in,” said Gracie. “It’s going to be a good race with a lot of good cars and a lot of pressure on me…I know I just need to keep my cool and do my thing.”

Gracie will be racing in what’s essentially a brand-new car, with plenty of power under the hood….600 horses worth of power, to be precise.  As crew chief Bond Suss explains, “This is the first race for her with a true Super Late Model engine.  We will be running a  “Southern Super Parts Engine” (SSPE) built by Automotive Specialists of Concord.  With the engine change we decided to completely rebuild the car.  The engine, clutch and transmission are all brand new….all the hubs and brakes were rebuilt, and the rear end and rear differential (were) completely serviced and redone by Buzze Racing in Mooresville.”

To prepare his young driver for the challenging Concord track that she’ll be running for the first time, Suss has been using a mix of traditional methods, and some new ideas.   “I have been having her studying past races and videos.  We have also been working with her on IRacing as they have Concord on the sim system,” he revealed.

They also spent a productive day of testing at the track on May 15, with both Gracie and her mentor Brandon Setzer spending time behind the wheel. “We were able to get some laps on the car and engine to make sure everything was perfect from all the work we did the past 3 weeks,” said Suss.  “Brandon is a veteran driver and offers us the ability to see how fast the car is (compared to Gracie’s laps) and also compare her feedback to his… this really helps speed up her learning curve.   Brandon’s first laps in the car were very fast comparable to previous years’ pole speeds.  Gracie then got in the car, and she actually got up to speed fairly quick and was running times within .10-.20 of Brandon.” The team ran a total of about 150 laps that day, with Gracie completing about 115 of those.

All of this training will be put to the test Friday night at 7 PM when the green flag waves at Concord.  The goal, as always, will be to run all the laps and finish on the lead lap. Gracie is certainly up for the challenge, saying “(I) can’t wait to race this place…if you’re around, be sure to come…it’s going to be a great race!”

Old Glory 125 schedule: http://www.proallstarsseries.com/2018-FORMS-3/2018-EVENT-SCHED-CONCORD-5-25-18.pdf

Speed Street appearance schedule: http://600festival.com/speed-street-schedule/

Map of Speed Street: http://600festival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/CKSS-Brochure-2018.pdf

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16-year-old driver Gracie Trotter back to “school” in Legends car

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

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–16-year-old driver Gracie Trotter back to “school” in Legends car–

(Denver, NC) May 2, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rising young Super Late Model driver Gracie Trotter is back in her motorsports classroom, racing in the tough Legends Car Semi Pro ranks as often as possible in between starts in her #2 TRD/Calico Coatings Toyota Camry.  Following a strong March where she notched 2nd, 3rd, and 6th place finishes on the quarter-mile oval at Concord (NC) Speedway, Gracie headed back to Concord for a pair of weekend races on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14.  With a typically strong car setup from Joe Ryan Racing, Gracie overcame some issues with her motor to notch back-to-back podium finishes. “Joe Ryan had the car on rails (at Concord), but the motor was falling off on us. I was the most consistent in the race, but I didn’t have the speed off the corners to pass the cars in front of us,” Gracie explained. “So I finished P3.”

Gracie’s 2018 CARS Tour debut took place the following weekend, and she brought home a top ten finish at the Mid Atlantic Classic in the #2 TRD/Calico Coatings Toyota Camry.    It was a very strong run against a top field.  Gracie had to start 20th, using a crate engine in her car, and fought to the top ten on the lead lap against a field of SLMs running “built” Super engines that create much more torque and power.

More seat time in the Legends car came on April 27 at Anderson Motor Speedway, a track where Gracie has enjoyed plenty of success, including a win in her previous race there in 2017. “I was super stoked, because Anderson is my favorite track in a Legends car,” Gracie said.  Joe Ryan Osborne had her ready to go, saying “Gracie and I got the car dialed in for the race, but she said the motor was down on power.”   The power deficit meant the day didn’t go as planned.  “I knew I had it, and the car had it, (but) the motor had nothing left in it…. I was doing everything I could with the car to make it the best it could be on the track,” she said.  With a lot of new, young Legends drivers in the field, Gracie knew she had to be on her toes. “I stayed out of trouble and ended up finishing 10th.”

Gracie’s behind the wheel again this Friday night at her favorite track, Anderson, but she’ll be in a different machine- the #1 Joe Ryan Race Cars Legends machine. With a strong motor and her history of success there, she’s expecting a solid performance. And she’s not letting last weekend get her down, saying “you have to have those bad days to get to the good ones…. I’m feeling really great about this Friday and I feel like we will have a good day!”

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GRACIE TROTTER TURNS IN STRONG PERFORMANCE IN CARS TOUR MID ATLANTIC CLASSIC

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 www.GracieTrotter.com/racing-schedule/  to find out when she’ll be behind the wheel!

 

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GRACIE TROTTER PREPARS FOR FIRST CARS TOUR ACTION OF 2018

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

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(Rosemount, NC) April 18, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Following a pair of podium finishes at Concord Motor Speedway last weekend in her Legends car, 16- year-old racer Gracie Trotter is eager to get behind the wheel of her #2 TRD/Calico Coatings Toyota Camry for the CARS Tour Mid Atlantic Classic at Orange County (NC) Speedway, this coming Saturday night.

It’ll be her third start of 2018 in Super Late Model action.  Last June, Gracie piloted her Bond Suss-prepared machine to an 8th place finish in her Super Late Model debut at Orange County. She plans to build on that solid finish in her second start at this track.  “I was nervous last year since it was my first time…I feel a lot more comfortable, I know the car a lot better, and so I’m a lot more confident going into the race.”

The Mid-Atlantic Classic will feature 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 offers an exciting strategic challenge for Gracie and her team, particularly regarding tires.  “We can choose to put on two, or four, or none,” says crew chief Bond Suss. “That will be the big decision, and what lap or segment to pit on.”

This highly anticipated Saturday night event, part of the CARS Response Energy Tour, has attracted a very strong field.    There’s a big purse on the line as well.   Gracie’s crew chief, Suss, knows that it’s going to be a battle. “The field is stacked with tough cars, 23 or 24 cars on the entry list,” Bond observed. “With the format of this race, there’s going to be some pushing and shoving.”

“I’m looking forward to it,” Gracie says of her first controlled caution and segment race. “The main goal is to finish all laps, like always. If you do that and stay patient you will usually get a good finish. And that’s our mindset as we go into each race.”

Saturday’s race goes green at 7:30pm ET.    16 year old rising star Gracie Trotter has a full slate of Super Late Model action scheduled throughout the 2018 season.

 

Who will get to drink the juice in Edelbrock Victory Lane? If you can’t be there in person, watch Gracie on Saturday on Carstour.tv (PPV) or on Roku on the CARS Tour channel.

 

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TROTTER GRABS PODIUM FINISHES IN LEGENDS ACTION

Friday, April 6th, 2018

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–16 year old driver grabs Legends Car podium finishes in time off from Super Late Model duties—

(Denver, NC) April 4, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rising young driver Gracie Trotter knows one of her chief goals in 2018 is to race. A lot. Wherever and whenever she can. Toward that end, Gracie is driving her #11 Calico Coatings Legends Car as often as possible.
In three feature starts in March on the quarter-mile oval at Concord (NC) Speedway, she notched 2nd, 3rd, and 6th place finishes. “I found speed in the 11 car early in March,” Gracie noted. “I won the pole for the March 10th event at Concord, which was an Open race, combining the Semi-Pro, Pro, and Masters classes. I didn’t communicate with my crew chief as well as I should have…he made a change in the car and it didn’t work out the way I wanted. But I still finished 3rd, which made it a good day.”
Gracie’s Legends machine is tuned by Joe Ryan Osborne, of Joe Ryan Race Cars, one of the best in the business. But Gracie knows it takes a team effort to win races, especially in the very tough Legends category. “What we learned is, we really need to work on our communication skills. We both made some mistakes. We’ll be better next time out!”
Gracie plans to return to Legends action in mid-April at Anderson (SC) Speedway to get more quality seat time before strapping back in to her #2 TRD/Calico Coatings Toyota Camry Super Late Model in CARS Tour action at Orange County (NC) Speedway.
Meantime, the high school junior is preparing for the college ACT test, doing a lot of sim racing, and working hard on her conditioning. Lots of racing laps are in her immediate future, and she’s doing her best to be ready.

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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
Motor Speedway—

(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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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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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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