Zack Mitchell is very competitive. No matter what he’s doing, he wants to come out on top.
“It doesn’t matter what I’m doing, I want to be the best,” said Mitchell on Speed51’s “The Bullring” Monday. “If we’re shooting marbles, I want to be the best marble shooter in South Carolina.”
Mitchell may not spend his weekend knocking marbles out of a circle, but he has been running circles around the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series. With an eighth-place finish Saturday at Modoc Raceway, Mitchell clinched an unprecedented third consecutive series championship.
It was a turbulent year with a reduced schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Mitchell rolled with the punches and finished the year 34 points ahead of Anthony Sanders.
“It’s definitely been different. I don’t even know how many races we ended up running. I think like 10 or 11 or so, when there were 25 or 26 scheduled. It’s been crazy. We’ve only been able to run half the races, and we had a couple of DNFs which hurt. We had a good year, all in all, it’s just been a little bit crazy.
“Nobody really knew anything. Nobody knew when we were going to race, where we were going to race, if we were going to race. Mostly, we are thankful we were able to race during all these crazy times.”
2020 also boasted Mitchell’s first win on the national stage. The South Carolina native made the trip to Volunteer Speedway in Tennessee in June, taking a big win against the World of Outlaws Late Models.
“That was definitely huge. It was probably one of the bigger moments of my life. We went and everything was put together right, we led all the laps, we qualified good. All the stars aligned that night.”
It was not the celebration of a “Decade of Speed” the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series hoped for entering 2020, but the series still completed 12 events despite losing two months of racing. As someone who has competed with the series throughout the 10-year run, Mitchell has seen its growth first-hand.
“They’ve definitely done a good job with the series, Kelley [Carlton], Stan [Lester] and all those guys. They’ve grown so much over the past few years. We ran the first season with them and did something a little different in years past. All around, they’ve done a great job.”
With the championship, Mitchell joins Casey Roberts as three-time champions of the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series. Roberts won back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013 before winning his third championship in 2015.
Race fans who missed Mitchell’s interview on “The Bullring” can click here to watch an on-demand replay of the episode.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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