The inaugural TRD Micro Showdown will see a little bit of a NASCAR flavor with the addition of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East regular Chase Cabre to the list of drivers set to compete at Millbridge Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday night. It will be a return to his roots for the Florida driver, who raced Micro Sprints around the country before making the jump into the asphalt racing world.
“It’s not something I get to do too often, so when I do get to do it I really get to enjoy it,” Cabre told Speed51.com. “Not only that, but we’re at Millbridge, which is a place I like a lot. I’ve run Outlaw Karts here and I’ve ran a lot of laps here in a Micro. It’s a place that’s not only fun to run, but it’s pretty special to me.”
Cabre ran a Micro at the Tulsa Shootout during the first weekend of 2019, with a best finish of fourth in the Stock Non-Wing class on Saturday night out of over 100 entries in the class. With only having selected starts since the Shootout, he will be looking to use Monday night’s open practice to get reacclimated to the dirt.
“Absolutely, I’ve got rust to kick off. I’ll probably be kicking off the rust all the way until heat races tomorrow,” he stated. “We’ve got practice tonight so I’ll go out and run some laps and get back in the flow of things and get back to throwing some dirt around.”
The Drive for Diversity participant is coming off a breakout season with Rev Racing. In his third go-around in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Cabre picked up wins at Memphis and New Hampshire in back-to-back races on his way to a career-best second place points result.
“This season was great, it’s one of the ones that I feel like has put my name on the map,” he said. “We came out right off the bat really fast, we had a lot of bad luck but we had a breakout season and it’s something we’re really proud of and something I hope to build on going forward in the future. Hopefully I’ll be back at Rev (Racing) next year. I haven’t gotten the news yet, just waiting to hear on that and if I am, I’ll go there with the same mentality that we had this year and be able to knock off some wins again.”
Cabre is scheduled to pull double-duty without the Wing on Tuesday, and with the Wing on Wednesday. He talked about the differences between the two and what he prefers as a driver.
“I’m a huge fan on Non-Wing racing. I’ve always have been, that’s what I first started racing,” he stated. “The biggest difference is with a wing, it’s so much faster, things happen a lot quicker. You’re not as sideways as you are with Non-Wing. Non-Wing, you can kind of throw it back there in the corner and use a lot more finesse. I feel like Wing, it’s one of those nut up or shut up kind of deals, but I definitely like Non-Wing racing for sure.”
With $2,000 to win on Tuesday and $5,000 going to the winner on Wednesday, sweeping the event would be a big payday for the now-Charlotte racer. While he has modest goals for both nights, a win on either night would be big for Cabre.
“It would mean a lot, like I said I don’t get to race on dirt but when I do, I enjoy it a lot,” he said. “Being that it’s my own car and a track that’s really close to me, I have a lot of friends and family out here, it would be really cool to knock off a win. The goal is to put it in the show and if we can do that, we can go after the win.”
Those unable to make it to Millbridge to see Cabre take part in the TRD Micro Showdown can watch both nights live on Speed51.com. To purchase your PPV ticket for both nights, click here.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Chase Cabre Twitter