The 2018 season has produced one success after another for Late Model driver Brett Yackey. Whether it has been winning on the race track or helping with a good cause in the community, the Greely, Colorado native has had a lot to celebrate. But while gaining national recognition for his selection to the 2018 Kulwicki Driver Development Program, the 18-year-old driver is eager to prove himself on a bigger stage away from home.
This Tuesday night, Yackey will get that chance when he and his team head east to Wisconsin International Raceway for one of the biggest shows on the ARCA Midwest Tour calendar: the Dixieland 250.
To get there, the small-team operation has had to put in plenty of meticulous planning.
“We’ve been planning for this for about two or three months, so we had a car that we’ve been getting ready,” Yackey told Speed51.com. “We brought it out to our local track, got some laps to make sure all the mechanical stuff is up to par. If we didn’t plan so far ahead, this wouldn’t be possible, so there’s been a lot of preparation in order to be out there.”
This trip to the Badger State will easily beat his personal record for distance traveled to a race, and while such a task might be daunting, he has the ideal guide in his father Bruce leading the way.
“The only other races I’ve run have been at Tucson Speedway, I-25 Speedway, and Colorado National,” Yackey explained. “It’s going to be a lot of fun, looks like a sixteen to seventeen-hour trip. Tucson is about 13-14, so it’s only a little bit further than the longest we’ve gone. My dad’s been out that way a couple of times racing in Wisconsin, but because of the cost we haven’t done it until now, but again we planned ahead and budgeted ourselves to do this.
“It’s really cool, I’ve never been out to Wisconsin. My dad always tells me stories about how big racing is there and all this. I haven’t really experienced it, so I’m looking forward to heading out there and seeing what it’s like.”
A main reason for choosing the Dixieland 250 is how the race fists into Yackey’s racing schedule back home. But more than that, Yackey also wants a shot at the Wisconsin track that his idol Alan Kulwicki raced at so often in his younger days.
“Being part of Kulwicki Driver Development Program I know Alan Kulwicki ran that track a lot. It’s also a Tuesday night, so it fits with our schedule out here in Colorado because we’re running the weekly show here. It’s such a prestigious race. 250 laps, $10,000-to-win, it seemed like something we would like to do.”
Even more daunting than the journey to WIR is the challenge the No. 32 team will face at the track itself, but Yackey knows that he must start somewhere.
“We’re just going to play it by ear. We got a baseline setup that we’re going to go out there with and make our changes. Hope we’re good for the race. It’s going to be hard to know until you get out there and see what the car is like. I don’t know if we’re going to be good, not good; the race itself is going to be a challenge at 250 laps, only changing two tires. It’s going to fit my driving style, and me being young and in shape is going to help.”
One thing he can count on this Tuesday night will be the support from his family and fans in Colorado who will be eagerly watching on Speed51.com.
“They will be watching. We’re going to sharing the link to everybody out here. I have a big fan base and I’m sure they’ll be tuning in.”
Race fans worldwide will be able to watch the Dixieland 250 via a live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com. Live video tickets can be purchased today by clicking here.
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Brett Yackey