Enjoying a breakthrough season, Sam Mayer is excited for the next part of his journey, competing in the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway this coming weekend.
The 14-year-old Wisconsin driver exploded onto the short track radar this season, beginning with the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing during Florida Speedweeks at New Smyrna. Now, Mayer sits fourth in CARS Response Energy Late Model Stock Tour points standings, only behind the likes of Bobby McCarty, Deac McCaskill, and Lee Pulliam in the championship hunt.
Now, the CARS Tour takes Mayer to the Last Great Colosseum, where he was plenty quick during last weekend’s open testing session.
Mayer is particularly excited for the opportunity to race at Bristol. With its storied history and incredible speed around the concrete high-banks, the young driver has already fallen in love with racing around the circuit.
“Knowing that this is one of the greatest short tracks in all of America, racing here is probably the coolest experience I’ll ever have,” said Mayer. “This is probably my favorite track so far in my career. Learning is a big thing here, because it’s going to be a big race next week. It’s really fast, so you have to know what to expect when things happen.”
Mayer is also appreciative of the chance he has to compete in the Short Track U.S. Nationals. Entering its second season, the event brings six divisions of racing to Thunder Valley, giving short track racers the opportunity to add their names to the track’s history books and impress leaders in the industry.
“This gives a lot of opportunities for young drivers like me trying to make it in the sport,” Mayer said about the event. “It’s so fun to be here. It’s such a historic track and everything. Getting my name up there [on the list of winners at Bristol], if that’s even possible, would be amazing. But just being here, with the atmosphere, is just great.”
Mayer will likely have a strong chance to compete for the win in Saturday’s Late Model Stock 100-lap feature. Mayer and JR Motorsports teammate Josh Berry routinely topped the charts during last weekend’s test, establishing themselves among the contenders for the gladiator sword trophy.
“Being here with JR Motorsports, them putting together a great car for me to run here and test here, it’s just awesome,” said Mayer. “The feeling of being here with these people and learning so much against such great Late Model Stock drivers, it’s just a lot of fun.”
The Short Track U.S. Nationals return to the Last Great Colosseum in 2018 with six short track racing divisions in action. Race fans worldwide will be able to watch the excitement this weekend via a live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com. Early bird video tickets can be purchased today at a savings of $9.99. Click here to purchase your video tickets today.
-By Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor - Photo credit: @ztevans
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