In the recent wave of short track stars from across the continent trying to make their mark on the three national series of NASCAR, Super Late Model driver Kyle Plott is going to be the next to throw his name in to the mix. The 23-year-old from Marietta, Georgia will debut with Reaume Brothers Racing in the No. 34 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona in Friday’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Lucas Oil 150.
After much time spent trying to find a ride which balanced both quality and affordability, Plott is beyond excited to have found just that in the Reaume camp.
“No doubt about that, I’ve been trying to get in a truck for a while now, and thankfully we’ve had the opportunity to do it. We were trying to run Martinsville, but we didn’t quite get the funding, but it came together for Phoenix,” Plott told Speed51 on Wednesday.
“We’ve been trying to find a reasonable Truck ride for the last year or two. Josh has really good stuff and I’ve been following them for some time. Just waiting for the right deal to come together and it finally did, we got all the funding together, and just made it happen. Nothing too special, just time, waiting, and here it is.”
After a number of seasons trying to get a solid footing in Super Late Models throughout the Southeast, Plott struck pay dirt in 2018, winning three times over the course of the season. Reaching that goal, Plott has been ready to get to the next one on the Stock Car racing ladder.
“This is just another stepping stone to take, I’ve been in Super Late Models for a while now, and I’ve never had a chance at running K&N, ran ARCA a few races, but nothing too great. Hopefully we can go out there, I don’t do anything stupid, come back with the truck in one piece, and a good finish; I’ll be happy.”
This particular stepping stone will take Plott far from home to the Arizona desert, on the tricky mile-long ISM Raceway. But Plott is confident that Phoenix is a good place to make his Truck Series debut.
“There probably are some other tracks that’s good for making a debut, but I would say Phoenix is a pretty good track to make a debut. Of course, I’ve never been out there to run it or anything like that. The most I know about the place is running on iRacing, and that was years ago. It’ll be exciting, every track I’ve ever been to I’ve adapted pretty quick, and thankfully we got 150 laps and I can improve on it some more. These guys know what to do to the truck, as long as I’m on point we’ll have a solid run.”
Plott also hopes this one start is only the beginning of something even bigger, admitting that in this day and age, 23 may be the beginning of the end of the window to get into the upper levels fulltime.
“I ain’t getting any younger, if I’m going to get up to the higher level, something needs to happen pretty quick. I feel like time is getting short. But if it doesn’t happen, it is what it is, I’m happy running short tracks. But the ultimate goal is to get to the Cup Series. Who knows, maybe this will lead to opportunities in the future.”
In the meantime, Plott and his family are not backing off their Late Model program, as they are getting set for the Pro All Stars Series National Championship race next week at Lanier Raceplex in his native Georgia. This leading up to a Super & Pro Late Model attack on Five Flags Speedway in early December for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100.
“We’re still running the Snowball Derby with the Super and the Snowflake with the Pro. Actually, as soon as we get back from Phoenix we are getting ready to run the next weekend at Lanier with PASS. So, we got a busy month of November leading into the Derby, we got a bunch of stuff to do. Going to work some late hours in the shop, and get everything ready for Lanier and the Derby.”
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Kyle Plott