Racing is often a family affair, and that is the case for Trevor Cline. Cline will be looking for the biggest win of his young career on Wednesday night, competing in the TRD Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic presented by Rowdy Energy at Millbridge Speedway.
Cline, the younger brother of fellow racer Nick Drake, has competed at Millbridge for several years, with a 2017 Box Stock championship at the track. This year, Cline graduated to the Micro Sprints, where he’s enjoyed flashes of success during his rookie year.
“We were really good to start off the year and pretty good the first couple of races,” Cline told Speed51. “We’ve fallen off a little bit. It’s been on and off a couple of times, we’re good some nights and just decent some other nights.”
Some of the credit to his success comes from racing frequently against his brother in those Micro Sprint races at the Salisbury, North Carolina facility. The two have often competed in the same events, sporting No. 55 on both of their entries.
Cline is able to draw plenty of knowledge from his older brother, but like any sibling he is also always hoping to one-up Drake.
“I learn a lot from him throughout the races and what he says about the car, what I can do to change. I always try to beat him, he always tries to beat me. It’s a lot of fun to race against him because he’s run dirt, midgets, sprint cars for a long time now, since I was born.
While the season has provided plenty of learning experiences and excitement, it has also been a buildup to the second KKM Giveback Classic. With a ride in a Keith Kunz Motorsports Midget at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals on the line, getting track time at Millbridge ahead of November 2-4 has been crucial for cline.
“It’s a lot of fun. It’s basically just practice, getting a whole bunch of laps. All the best guys in the country are going to be here. We’ve got to try to at least beat them. They usually figure out the tracks pretty quick.”
Cline has also had a chance to compete with some of the best racers in the country at Millbridge this season. Names like Christopher Bell, Hailie Deegan, Max McLaughlin and Chase Cabre have competed in the Micro Sprints at Millbridge during 2020, giving a taste of some of the competition racers will face at the KKM Giveback Classic.
“It’s pretty cool to race with some guys that have made it all the way to NASCAR through the ranks. It’s a completely different perspective when they go on dirt, running here.”
As a young racer still learning the ropes, Cline’s goal is to make the A-Feature on Wednesday night at the Giveback Classic. However, with more than 80 entries expected for the event, he knows it will be a tall task.
“Try to make the show, at least. We all want to win the thing, but I’d like to at least try to make the show.”
Fans unable to attend the TRD Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic can watch live on Speed51.TV. There will be two ways to watch Tuesday and Wednesday night, as the event will be available both for Speed51.TV subscribers and as a two-day video pass for $20.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo