FASTRAK Racing Series rookie Layton Sullivan leads the series points standings with a pair of podium finishes in the first two races of the season, including a win in the opener at Toccoa Raceway (GA). This weekend, the South Carolina native will hit the road for a pair of events in West Virginia in his pursuit of the series title.
The series heads to the Mountain State for a doubleheader weekend, competing at Ohio Valley Speedway on Friday and I-77 Speedway on Saturday. Sullivan has not visited either facility, giving him two new challenges this weekend.
“We’ve got two big races coming up this weekend,” said Sullivan on Speed51’s The Bullring. “It’s two more tracks I haven’t been to before, so we’re excited to get going.”
Sullivan admitted he doesn’t know much about the two race tracks he will be visiting this weekend. However, he is embracing the challenge of going to new venues as part of the FASTRAK Racing Series.
“Not too much about Ohio Valley. I’ve seen a couple of races at I-77. I know I’ll have to be on the wheel, that’s for sure. I’ve never really traveled that far. The furthest I’ve really traveled is Kentucky, so it’ll be a new experience, for sure.
“I haven’t really done it yet, but I usually watch videos before we go just to get an idea what’s going on. Once I get out on the track, I try not to go out there with any expectations. I just drive the car the way I know how and see how it goes from there.”
Sullivan had put some consideration towards pursuing the full FASTRAK season going into the opener at Toccoa Raceway on June 27. Winning that race cemented the notion in Sullivan’s mind that they could compete with the touring stars.
“We didn’t really expect it. We came out with goals to run the FASTRAK Series this year. We blew a motor pretty early on, so we didn’t know if we were going to be able to do it. We come out here really good the first two races, so we’re feeling really confident about what we can do in the future.
“After winning at Toccoa, that really opened our eyes that we could do it. We could compete weekly and have a chance to win races. We’ve got a good enough car and a good enough team. We’re running good enough right now that we can compete.”
Fans who missed Sullivan’s interview on The Bullring can click here to watch Monday’s episode, presented by HMS Motorsport.
Speed51, the Official Video Home of the FASTRAK Racing Series, will have coverage throughout the weekend of the West Virginia doubleheader, including a broadcast of Saturday's race at I-77 Speedway. Stay tuned to Speed51 for more coverage details.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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