Last year, Trevor Noles was in contention for the Super Late Model win at the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN). However, contact with a lapped car heavily damaged his car, bringing an early end to his day.
Noles returns to Bristol next weekend hungry to once again compete for the win, this time with a brand-new car from Rowdy Manufacturing.
“I feel excited,” Noles told Speed51. “I think I’m more prepared than I was last year. We had a real good car last year and got hung up with a lapped car. Hopefully, bad luck’s cleared up and we’re getting this new Rowdy Manufacturing car.
“We’ll see if we can put it up front,” Noles added. “I know it’s been running good these last few races with Matt Craig and Donnie [Wilson] ran good with it at Nashville. Hopefully we bring a fast car to Bristol.”
Despite the sour ending to last year’s race, Noles carries plenty of confidence into the June 1 event at “The Last Great Colosseum.”
“It definitely makes me feel good,” said Noles. “I have a lot of confidence going into next weekend. Especially with the new car, it’s a real nice piece. I know we had a good car last year, but I think we’re going to be even better this year.”
Noles is also excited to return to Thunder Valley, a track unlike any other for Late Model racers more accustomed to the bullrings that dot the country.
“Probably the biggest comparison is Winchester [Speedway], but I don’t even think Winchester compares to it,” said Noles. It’s so smooth, and you carry a lot of speed through the corners. It’s just a track where it’s on everybody’s bucket list to race on. We are fortunate enough to get the opportunity next weekend.”
With limited resources at his team’s disposal, Noles runs a limited schedule of select events throughout the season. Despite this, the Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina racer has made sure the Short Track U.S. Nationals was on his schedule since its inception in 2017.
“It just means a lot to me and my whole family,” explained Noles. “We don’t have the funding that some people do. It’s all we can do to pick out a couple of races to run. This will be our third time there, and I feel like we’ve had a shot both times we’ve been, just haven’t had the luck on our side. We’re not going to give up. We’re showing up to race and hopefully get us a win.”
If Noles can take that elusive win at Bristol, it would also snap a losing streak of four and a half years, dating back to a Pro All Stars Series win in November 2014.
“It would mean so much to me to be able to win at Bristol,” said Noles. “We haven’t won since the Mason/Dixon Meltdown at Southern National in 2014. We feel like we’ve been close a couple of times. I know Donnie [Wilson] wants to get back to victory lane, and I hope I can get one of his cars there for him.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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