With the DIAEDGE Carolina Midget Showdown being forced to move to an invitational format after the implementation of strict COVID-19 restrictions from the state of North Carolina, the field of drivers is a who’s who of all-stars from Midget racing, with the inclusion of NASCAR stars Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Chase Briscoe. Thankfully, there is still room for a group of underdogs who are making the trek to Millbridge Speedway.
One of these is veteran Dirt Late Model driver Greg Mitchell from West Virginia. Still new to the Open-Wheel game, the man from the Mountaineer State let out a roar upon arrival in one of auto racing’s major hubs.
“We’re tickled to death. It’s Midgets, it’s December, it’s an awful nice race track, and we’re blessed to be here with this group of cars. Not sure how it happened, but we’re going to take full advantage of it,” Mitchell said prior to Friday practice.
Originally setting his sights on Sprint Cars in his post Late Model career, Midgets have quickly grown into a favorite form of racing for Mitchell, with the timing just about perfect to show his mettle.
“It made my Winter. I consider myself a Late Model used-to-be, a Sprint Car wannabe, and a Midget is something we do to play. It’s taken charge of the garage, even outrunning the Sprint stuff, we’re putting more effort in this than everything else. New car is on the bench, motor is in the floor, we’re in North Carolina in December, life is good, and I love it.”
One goal on Saturday evening is to continue his growth as a Midget driver, with the aim to enter more great events in the future.
“Just go to as many races as I can. We’re from West Virginia so we’re not in Midget country. I think we might be the only Midget in the state, I could be wrong on that, and I kind of hope I am. We have two Midgets on the table, we’ll have the second one out next summer. The USAC regional races are high on our list. I don’t know if we’re to the caliber for National events, though we’ve been to some looking to get better.”
As for his goals of where he finishes, Mitchell is staying realistic. But, he would like to show everyone that he means business.
“How do you put that into words, I don’t know? There’s three people that care that I’m here, and my boy is one of them. The nation is watching those guys, so I’m honored to be here. If I can get close enough to bump Chase Elliott, that will be a heck of a night.”
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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