Defending ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series champion Zack Mitchell has accomplished a lot in his young Dirt Late Model career. However, the Enoree, South Carolina racer will face a new challenge this weekend, making his first trip to Lake View Motor Speedway (SC).
Lake View Motor Speedway, once a staple of series’ such as the Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series in the '90s, is enjoying a renaissance under the ownership of Scott Tripp. This weekend’s ULTIMATE event marks the first time the touring series has been to the 4/10-mile oval.
It will also be the first time Mitchell has competed there, presenting a fresh new challenge for him.
“It’s going to be my first trip down there,” Mitchell told Speed51. “Hopefully, it fits our program we’ve got going on. It’s always exciting to go to new race tracks. You never know what to expect, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Mitchell doesn’t have a strong idea of what to expect at Lake View this weekend. He has reached out to fellow racers who have competed at the track, but couldn’t help but chuckle at some of the conflicting information he’s received.
“I’ve talked to a couple of people,” said Mitchell. “One person says one thing about it, one person says another. One says it gets super slick, another says it rubbers up. I don’t really know what to expect, honestly.
“I do know the dirt down that way, just compared to some other race tracks, it’s kind of a sandy dirt,” added Mitchell. “I have no pages in my notebook for this place, it’s going to be a learning curve.”
Getting over the learning curve quickly will be important for Mitchell. He currently leads the ULTIMATE points chase in defense of his 2018 championship, holding a 59-point advantage over Daulton Wilson.
Mitchell knows that, with the competition he will be facing this weekend, qualifying well and starting up front will be key to protecting his points lead.
“You’ve got to get a good starting point,” said Mitchell. “That’s a key factor everywhere we go. Everyone is so good that’s running. We just have to complete all the laps, especially points racing. Hopefully we’ll have a good finish.”
Along with the challenge of tackling a new track, Mitchell is excited to make his second appearance of the season on Speed51’s Short Track America on MAVTV. The weekly motorsports racing program will televise an enhanced broadcast of the event on September 4.
While Mitchell competed earlier this year in another Short Track America event, March Madness at Cherokee Speedway (SC), he is thrilled to see the ULTIMATE brand garner that exposure with Saturday’s race.
“That’s pretty cool for Kelley [Carlton, ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series race director] and all of them, the exposure they get, and we’re getting,” said Mitchell. “Dirt racing has come a long way. It’s cool to be televised. It’s a great thing.
“We ran that first race of the year at Gaffney that was televised. It’s pretty cool. You get to look back and watch stuff on the TV. Hopefully we can pull off a good run, and everybody watching on TV can see us run good.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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