Brodie Kostecki is a racer. He eat, sleeps and breathes fast racecars. That's why when his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule had a few weeks' gap between races at the end of August, Kostecki and his Team Arcoplate Racing crew sought out another way to feed their need for speed.
That opportunity was found just on the other side of their Mooresville, North Carolina race shop.
Kostecki will get back behind the wheel of his Arcoplate-backed Late Model this Saturday, August 30, in the prestigious NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Bobby Isaac Memorial at Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina.
When the native Australian first moved to the United States and began making a career for himself here, Late Models were his first step into stock car racing. Since, he's gone on to turning heads with strong runs in his K&N Pro Series East efforts. Saturday, however, it'll be back to basics - and fun - at Hickory.
"I haven't been in the Late Model since last year at Myrtle Beach," said Kostecki. "We're going to go back and have some fun for a few races. We want to enjoy getting back to the Late Model racing on our off-weekends from the K&N Series."
The Bobby Isaac Memorial is one of the most tradition-laden Late Model Stock Car events in the country. It draws former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champions, track titlists and other short track standouts from all points on the map. It's also held at one of the most historic and grueling short tracks in the Southeast, Hickory Motor Speedway.
Kostecki has grown fond of Hickory, thanks in large part to his two top-four finishes at "The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars" in 2013. The now-16-year-old finished second in a UARA-STARS Late Model event at Hickory last June and came home fourth in the Bobby Isaac Memorial last August.
"Hickory is a unique track to race at. Both ends of the track are completely different. You definitely need to have a good car underneath you, which is what we worked on a lot last year. Hopefully we can go and contend for a win in our first time out this year."
The Bobby Isaac Memorial could be the first of several Late Model events on the schedule for Kostecki and the Arcoplate team.
"We've been looking at the schedule and we hope to pick and choose a couple races at the end of the year. There's some big races that we'd like to try to get to and I'm looking forward to doing a few of them."
The Bobby Isaac Memorial 150 is part of a four-division event at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 30. Fans will have a chance to meet Kostecki during an on-track autograph at 6pm ET. Racing starts at 7pm ET.
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