With the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco coming off its mid-summer break this weekend at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia, Kyle Plott has been using the time to refresh for the year’s final stretch. While Plott has shown blazing fast lap times, the goal from here on is to string together consistent races in order to use the speed late in the race.
“We’ve been going through the car with a fine-toothed comb and trying to make some money in our off-time here, all to try and make sure the car is all buff and snuff for this next race,” Plott said. “We just want to make sure that we don’t have any issues. These last few races we had been really good. I’m not worried about our car having speed; we’ve always had speed with this new car all year. Just got to make sure I’m smart and keep the tires on it and make sure nothing falls off the car.”
The speed has come in thanks to the team’s 2018 race car, which carried Plott to a season-best third-place finish at Anderson Motor Speedway (SC) in June, as he battled the likes of eventual race winner Bubba Pollard and SSS points leader Casey Roderick. But since then the road has been a little rough, and now Plott hopes to smoothen things out heading forward.
But the team has a lot on their plate heading towards the Snowball Derby, including completing the construction on their second new car for Kyle’s younger brother Kason.
“There’s still some work to do to beat some guys, but I feel like we’ll be in contention this weekend,” Plott stated. “Last year was kind of a throwaway, we didn’t learn that much since we had the older car. This year we have our brand-new car and we had to start over with a brand-new notebook, and we’ve been working really hard. Having some of these minor issues is a little disheartening, but we’re working in the right direction trying to get ready for the Derby. We got another car on the way, building it to get it ready where Kason can race. Just got to keep on digging and maybe we’ll come out with a win.”
The final stretch to the Derby begins this weekend in Plott’s home state of Georgia, with Watermelon Capital awaiting. Though the 3/8-mile Cordele oval is not high on his list of top tracks, Plott believes it shares some similarities to Anderson, which could be good news heading into Saturday night.
“Cordele is a different track. I wouldn’t call it one of my favorite tracks, but it always puts on a good show,” Plott commented. “I usually run pretty good there, but I haven’t been there in a while with a Super Late Model. But I feel like we’ll be good, we’ve always been quick there. The track is real abrasive, kind of like Anderson, so we might go with that same setup and see how it works with some adjustments. Hopefully we’ll be there in the end.”
Not only would a strong performance Saturday night be a confidence booster for the Snowball Derby, but also for the remainder of the SSS schedule with the Blizzard Series season finale at Five Flags Speedway (FL) in September and inaugural Mobile 300 at Mobile International Speedway (AL) in October also lying in wait.
“It would be a big help, not only for the Derby but just for the rest of the year. We’ve been up at the front every single race, but sometimes we struggle to finish them out. Our main goal is to finish well and help my confidence going into the Derby.”
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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