With hundreds of cars at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend for the Bristol Dirt Nationals, there were plenty of storylines from the inaugural event. One of those came in the form of a 12-year-old racer visiting victory lane at “The Last Great Colosseum” in his 602 Late Model.
Trey Mills of St. Augustine, Florida won the first of three preliminary night features on Monday, March 15 in the 602 Late Model division. One week later, he joined Speed51’s “The Bullring” to discuss the monumental win.
The chance to race at Bristol was already an incredible opportunity for Mills, so taking a win during the week of racing was icing on the cake.
“I heard that there were 1300 entries at Bristol,” said Mills. “They had a bunch of different classes with people just wanting to go for the experience. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“I’ve always wanted to race NASCAR. That’s what I want to do when I grow up. So being 12 years old and already winning at a NASCAR track, that’s a big accomplishment.”
Bristol presented new challenges for teams, not the least of which being the track’s incredible speed and daunting banking. However, Mills and his team were prepared to tackle Thunder Valley.
“It had a lot of banking. We had to have the right setup for that track. Jason Fitzgerald and my dad, they do the setups, and we had a good car every time at the track.”
For Mills, 2021 will be his second season of Dirt Late Model racing. He plans to travel more in 2021, branching away from his home state of Florida.
“Last year was my starting year. We just raced around the house. This year, we’re going to venture out more and go to tracks I haven’t been to before.”
He is excited to see a variety of tracks during his travels this season, including some of the shorter bullrings up north.
“Tracks down here, some of them don’t have a lot of banking. Tracks up north are smaller and have more banking. In Florida, I’m usually racing 1/2-miles or 3/8-miles. There are some tinier tracks up north we’re going to try.”
Mills also has the FASTRAK World Championship at Virginia Motor Speedway circled on his calendar, scheduled for September 17-18.
“It got cancelled last year because of COVID, and we were going to race it. As long as it happens this year, we’re going to race it.”
Fans who missed Mills’ interview can click here to listen to Monday’s episode of “The Bullring” in podcast form.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Trey Mills Motorsports Facebook