The Short Track Super Series South Region is set to return to the ‘First State’ this Thursday night for their one and only appearance at Delmar’s Delaware International Speedway. As can be expected, Delaware’s home guard will be out in full force for the Diamond State 50, looking to win on home soil.
Among those hoping to defend their home turf is defending Big-Block Modified track champion Jamie Mills, who has logged plenty of miles over his racing career. While he still does some traveling in the region, he has put an emphasis on racing close to home and is excited with the attention that has been brought to the region with both STSS and the Full Throttle Big-Block Series that is contested throughout the year at Delmar.
“It’s going to be a good show, there should be plenty of cars coming down with some really good drivers,” Mills told Speed51.com. “We’ve done our fair share of traveling, but this is our backyard and it’s a show with good money. With the Full Throttle Series at Delmar and Brett (Deyo) having those shows down here, it’s great for Delaware.”
Once again in 2018, Mills has shown promise at home, but bad luck has loomed near. First in the opening Full Throttle event and then over the entire state as mother nature has played cruel tricks involving wet weather.
“I ended up pounding the wall in the first Full Throttle race,” Mills said. “We had a good race car and ran for third place for most of the race. But we’ve had so much rain around here, we haven’t had any racing, there’s been all these rain outs. We had one points show at Delmar where we ran third and that was it.”
Despite some consistency, Mills is still looking for that his first ‘W’ of 2018, and while he was not specific in which area his No. 30 team needs to improve, he knows there is still work to be done.
“I’d say we’ve been competitive. We’re lagging a little bit, you want to win every race you’re in. But we got to get better with the car, that’s all there is to it.”
To improve, Mills needs track time, which is something that there has not been an abundance of this season. The Milford, DE driver does not have as thick of a schedule as other drivers in the Northeast to begin with. That, combined with the rainouts, has Mills believing that the favor of home track advantage has swung towards teams with more overall miles under their belts.
“I don’t know if there is such a thing as a home track advantage anymore. And what hurts us down here racing, especially this year is that we haven’t raced,” Mills commented. “We don’t race as much as some guys anyways. I think the guys that race three or four nights a week have an advantage on us. I’m not sure knowing the home track counts as much anymore.”
Mills may not be heading into Thursday night with the hand he’d like to have, but he’s still hoping he can hit the jackpot if the cards play out the right way.
“We’re not showing up to the race track planning on running second. We’ll do the best we can do and we might be able to surprise those guys.”
Race fans who wish to watch Thursday’s racing but are unable to make it to Delaware Int’l Speedway can see it all right here live on Speed51.com. The South region of the Short Track Super Series Modifieds and Crate 602 Sportsman will be shown live on the Speed51 Network. The race will be available free for all premium subscribers (monthly and yearly) of the Speed51 Network.
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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