There has been no shortage of success for Zack Mitchell in recent years. The South Carolina native won the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series championship in 2020, giving him three consecutive titles in the series.
However, one track where success has eluded him during that stretch is Cherokee Speedway. Despite numerous starts across several series at “The Place Your Momma Warned You About,” Mitchell last won there in August 2018 with the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series.
Despite that track record, Mitchell is pumped entering March Madness this weekend, his first marquee event since being named the driver of the Barry Wright Race Cars house car for 2021.
“We’re pretty pumped up,” Mitchell told Speed51. “We’ve got a new team and we’re breaking out a new race car this weekend. Hopefully everything goes well, and we can pick up the win.”
While this is Mitchell’s first year in the Barry Wright house car, Mitchell piloted a BWRC ICON to his 2020 success, which included his third ULTIMATE title and his first career World of Outlaws Late Model Series win at Volunteer Speedway.
In that sense, Mitchell’s preparations haven’t changed much entering Sunday’s race at Cherokee.
“It’s about the same way as we always prepare, just with a few different people,” said Mitchell. “Barry and Lance, all those guys have put in a lot of work over the offseason. We’ve been finishing up a new race car to take over there Sunday. Hopefully everything will go well. I can’t thank them enough for giving me this opportunity.”
The team made its first appearance together two weeks ago at Cherokee, competing in the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series. While Mitchell showed speed throughout the afternoon, a flat tire derailed a solid finish in that event.
“We started out good, hot lapped good and qualified good. We were second overall in qualifying and won our heat race. We got a bad draw, started sixth, and it was difficult to pass. We had a flat tire with two laps to go, but we had a good car.”
With $10,000 on the line, March Madness will once again draw a stout field of competitors to the Gaffney, South Carolina facility. With a new team behind him and a desire to get the Cherokee monkey off his back, Mitchell is hungry for a strong showing.
“It’d be a really big win. Nowadays, any win is a big win. I grew up racing at Gaffney. We haven’t had the runs we’ve expected the last few years, but we’ve had a good car. It just seems like something every time we go there. We’ll keep digging and get us a win there someday.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Zack Mitchell Motorsports