When the inaugural Speed51 Super Select Super Late Model All-Star Race was announced over the offseason, Kyle Plott knew he wanted to be involved. He also knew that he’d need to win a big race in order to earn an invite to the winner-take-all invitational race at Lucas Oil Raceway (IN).
This past weekend at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Georgia, Plott did just that by earning his first career Southern Super Series victory. That win earned him an invitation to be included on the “Select Team,” which means he’ll receive four free tires and free entry for the event on September 8 during Brickyard 400 Weekend.
“I had this marked down on my schedule and I’ve always been wanting to go there,” Plott told Speed51.com. “I knew we couldn’t get in unless we won a race or at least were running good. I’m glad I finally got that win, it opens up more opportunities for me and hopefully we can get a win up there.”
As one of the most recent winners who will be joining the Speed51 Super Select field, Plott enters the no-holds-barred race with momentum on his side. With the monkey off his back and his No. 4 Super Late Model the best it has been all year, the Georgia driver is excited to test his skills against a stout field.
“It’s definitely not a bad thing [to have momentum] because we finally got the car driving like I need it to,” Plott stated. “Hopefully we can get it adjusted to [the track] like I want it to. There’s going to be some stiff competition up there. A lot of those guys are really good, that’s the reason why they’re selected for this race. Hopefully we can have a good showing and maybe have the same results as we did at Cordele.”
By accepting his invitation, Plott joins a stout field of 20 drivers who are currently entered for the inaugural Speed51 Super Select. The list of confirmed drivers includes many of the top Super Late Model racers from the Southeast, Midwest, Northeast and West Coast.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been a part of a select drivers race before. Other than the Snowball Derby, this is probably going to be one of the toughest races I’ve ever been to in a Super Late Model,” Plott said. “I’ve never really traveled anywhere with the Super; I’ve mostly just raced in the south. To get the opportunity to go up there is a cool deal.
“I went up there and watched a few races with ARCA and I’ve watched a Super race up there. I’ve always wanted to go up there. Now that I get the chance to I’m going to make the most of my opportunities. There’s a ton of good guys up there that race that track a lot from up north, the CRA guys and of course Bubba [Pollard] is going to be one you definitely gotta watch out for. He’s on a hot streak right now and he’s been running really good. He’s definitely going to be one you’re going to have to beat.”
In order to prepare himself for his debut at Lucas Oil Raceway, Plott has been watching videos to examine the racing line so that he’s more prepared for his first laps around the .686-mile oval.
“I’ve been watching a lot of videos here lately. I haven’t found many Super Late Model videos. I’ve been watching some ARCA races and stuff,” he explained. “I’m going to try to find a few more videos, maybe try to find some Super [Late Model] in-car videos to prepare myself for it. I haven’t really had a problem with figuring tracks out. I think we get like an hour or hour and a half of practice Friday. I’ll get behind a few people and get the track figured out pretty quick. As long as we can make the right calls and adjustments I don’t think it will be too big of an issue. It definitely helps having this Senneker Performance car because these things are good wherever you go, and having Terry will help us out.”
Additional invitations to compete in the Speed51 Super Select will be handed out following some of this weekend’s big races.
Those who would like to compete in the event but have not yet received an invite are encouraged to file an entry for “The Open” qualifying race that will be held prior to the Speed51 Super Select.
“The Open” qualifying race will be a 30-lap race with at least the top two finishers transferring into the main event. Those who transfer into the main event through “The Open” will start at the rear of the field behind those who received invites to be included in the “Select Team.”
Entry forms for “The Open” can now be downloaded now by clicking here.
A stout field of Super Late Model racers from all over North America will be competing in the inaugural Speed51 Super Select. The full list of 20 drivers who have already accepted their invite can be found by clicking here.
The Speed51 Super Select will be hosted by Track Enterprises and sanctioned by the Champion Racing Association (CRA). A pair of 75-lap features will be contested that evening, one for the Super Late Models and another for the USAC Silver Crown Series.
A full weekend schedule for the Speed51 Super Select can be found by clicking here.
A variety of advertising and sponsorship opportunities are currently available for the Speed51 Super Select. Companies are encouraged to email Bob Dillner at [email protected] and/or Adam Mackey at [email protected] for more information regarding advertising with the Speed51 Super Select.
-Story by Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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