No matter what happens from here on out, Kyle Plott will be a candidate for one of the best comebacks of the 2018 short track racing season.
After a string of troubles for the No. 4 Super Late Model team to begin the year, the Georgia based squad responded with their first Southern Super Series victory at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA) to end the month of August. Just two weeks later, Plott and company kept the momentum rolling by scoring their first CARS Super Late Model Tour triumph at Orange County Speedway (NC).
Riding a wave of momentum, the Plott squad heads south to the Florida Gulf Coast this weekend for the penultimate race of the Southern Super Series season and the finale of the 2018 Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway. To say that the entire team has confidence would be an understatement.
“It feels pretty good to have momentum on my side,” Plott told Speed51.com. “Right now the crew and I are in really good spirits. I never thought I’d win two of these races back to back and to do it like we did is pretty awesome, especially with all the problems we’ve had.”
But Plott knows full well that three straight victories will not be an easy task, especially with additional hot shoe drivers journeying from across the land to square off against the usual tough customers that run the Blizzard Series schedule.
“We’re really looking forward to it. We need to get a good run at Pensacola. We’ve been fast there all year; we just can’t put it together. But hopefully now with the two wins, we feel like we can claw one out there. But we’re going to have stiff competition, a lot of cars. We just got to be smart and see where we end up at the end of it.”
With the 51st Annual Snowball Derby looming in the wings this coming December, this will be the last opportunity for drivers to actually race one another before that hallowed week. This makes Saturday’s Deep South Cranes 150 presented by Earnest Performance the perfect opportunity for Plott to really show how far he has come over the past few months.
“Every time we go to Pensacola, whether it be for the Blizzard races or the Derby, there’s always lots of competition. But there’s definitely going to be even more this weekend with everybody getting ready for the Derby. This will really tell where we stack up against everybody at the Derby before we get there. It’s oing to be good to cross our T’s, dot our I’s, get this tuned up and ready to go.”
Winning is at the top of the list this Saturday, but Plott knows that he will be using the 150-lap feature as a real-world test session as well. From that perspective, if he can hang with the leaders all night long, he knows they will have quite the hotrod come Derby time
“It’ll just shake out how it will. If we just have a good run, I’d be happy with that, especially contending for the win. We ran really well with Bubba the last race at Five Flag. We showed a lot of speed and kept the tires on it the whole race. We found a few things at Orange County that I think is going to help us, we’ll just play with it in practice and hopefully I get the feel right. Just got to close it out if the cards are right.”
Race fans from all over the globe can watch the “Night of Champions” at Five Flags Speedway, featuring the Super Late Models of the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco and Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series, as well as the Pro Late Models in the 100-lap Allen Turner Snowflake Tune-Up live on Speed51.com’s pay-per-view broadcast this Saturday.
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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