Layton Sullivan started the 2020 FASTRAK Racing Series by scoring his first win with the series, completing a last-lap pass of David McCoy for the victory. Now, the South Carolina driver turns his sights towards a full season with the FASTRAK Racing Series as the tour heads north to Friendship Motor Speedway (NC).
The first career FASTRAK win came in dramatic fashion for Sullivan,passing McCoy on the final lap of FASTRAK’s 40-lap season openerat Toccoa Raceway (GA). That win gives Sullivan confidence as he marches forward in the 2020 season, with plans to follow the full FASTRAK campaign.
That campaign takes him to Friendship Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 11. While being a little more than two hours away from his hometown of Gaffney, Sullivan has never raced at the Elkin, North Carolina bullring.
“Our car is in a really good place and I’m as confident as ever right now,” Sullivan told Speed51. “I’ve never been there before, so that’s the only thing that concerns me. We don’t know what the track will do overnight and stuff.”
While it will be Sullivan’s first trip to the track, he believes that unfamiliarity will make him better suited for Saturday’s race. He admitted that his home track of Cherokee Speedway sometimes proves more challenging than a brand-new venue.
“For some reason, I seem to do better at places I’ve never been before. Any time I go back to Cherokee, which is my home track, I do worse there than anywhere else. I don’t know why.
“I think it’s the not knowing, not having prior expectations, it clears my head so I can focus on driving.”
Sullivan had nearly notched the first career FASTRAK win in a big way in 2019, coming within a lap of a win in the Pro Late Model portion of the USA 100. Much like his win over McCoy at Toccoa, however, a last lap turn of events prompted a lead change.
In that race, Sullivan suffered a flat tire coming to the checkered flag, turning the win over to Carson Ferguson. There would be no such misfortune for Sullivan at Toccoa, utilizing a lapped car to make his way to the lead.
While the disappointment from the near-miss at Virginia last year was immeasurable, it also gave Sullivan the confidence to go to bigger races and compete for wins.
“Virginia last year definitely humbled us, but it also showed us at the same time that we could do it. We could compete with these bigger guys. That’s what got us going to these bigger races, and now we’ve got us a win.”
With that first big win behind him now, Sullivan turns his focus towards the FASTRAK Racing Series championship.
“Now, I’ve proven to myself that I can do it. I can win these races. I’ve just got to do it again. As long as we don’t tear the car up and stuff, we should be able to do it.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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