Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway in a Super Late Model is a thrill like no other. The Colosseum-style venue, the steep concrete banking, and the high speeds make driving at the Last Great Colosseum an unforgettable memory.
But Trevor Noles’ first attempt at racing Bristol in 2017 was thrilling and unforgettable for the wrong reason. The North Carolina native was caught up in a multi-car crash and it destroyed the right side of his race car, ending his race early.
“It would be awesome for sure (to win at Bristol),” Noles said. “It would put the icing on the cake. I would love to get to victory lane at Bristol. That would be awesome.”
In 2016, Noles ran for Wauters Motorsports. This year, Noles will be racing for 2016 Southern Super Series champion, Donnie Wilson. Noles raced the Easter Bunny 150 earlier this season at Hickory Motor Speedway for Wilson.
“I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity to run their car,” Noles said. “I haven’t had good luck this year, but I’m looking to get it turned around.”
If there’s any track where having luck on your side is a good thing, it’s Bristol. Things happen extremely fast at Bristol, which is something Noles learned last year. In fact, the pole speed for the Super Late Model division at the 2017 Short Track U.S. Nationals was faster than the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series track record set by Denny Hamlin in 2016.
“There’s no other track you can compare to Bristol Motor Speedway. With the high banks you’re running a lot faster than anywhere else we go. It’s good, hard racing. It’s tight racing. You can move around a little bit. You’ve got different options. It’s always fun to go back there. It was a dream-come-true last year for me to place my eyes on it.”
Noles has won his fair share of races, but he said that winning at Thunder Valley would by far be the biggest win to date. He added it would also be one of the coolest because of the gladiator sword trophy.
“It would be the biggest win of my career. I could definitely find the room (for the trophy) somewhere in that shop.”
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-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo Credit: Adam Fenwick Photo