What does a Bristol winner do with the signature gladiator sword trophy? For Trevor Noles, it might get tested on his next deer hunt … or Thanksgiving turkey?
Trevor Noles joined the list of winners at the famed half-mile Saturday, taking the checkered flag in the Super Late Model featureat the Pinty’s U.S. Short Track Nationals. It’s a win he badly wanted, particularly after an incident with a lapped car dashed his shot at the victory in 2017.
“I’ve been chasing it for a couple of years now,” said Noles on Speed51’s “The Bullring” on Monday. “I was able to seal the deal and become a gladiator at Bristol.”
Being the winning gladiator at “The Last Great Colosseum” means you get one of Bristol’s gladiator sword trophies. What will Noles do with his sword?
“I’m a big deer hunter so I might break it in on a deer. That’d be pretty cool. I want to use it somewhere. Maybe Thanksgiving or Christmas [dinner] or something.”
After receiving the sword in victory lane on Saturday night, Noles paused for a moment of reflection before hoisting the trophy above his head. In that moment, Noles says he was thinking about two things: how special it was to become a winner at Bristol, and how surprisingly sturdy the sword was.
“I’ve been trying to put it all in perspective with my guys in victory lane. I was trying to figure out how heavy it was and sharp it was. I wasn’t expecting all that.
“What a dream come true to be at Bristol. I grew up there as a kid watching a bunch of guys race there. I always said I want to come here to race, and there I was in victory lane.”
For a considerable portion of the night, Noles felt he would have to pass Jake Garcia for a chance to go to victory lane. However, contact between Garcia and Sammy Smith and a hard charge of his own through the field produced a different outcome.
“I thought Garcia was going to be the one to beat. He had a fast car and had bad luck with the 51 of Sammy Smith. We were just trying to ride at the beginning of the race. I just wanted to save my tires.
“I finally got to the end there and had a good car. I got put to the rear and felt that was out of my circumstances. I drove through the field and knew Greg [Van Alst] was going to give me a good run for my money. I was able to get underneath him with about 10 laps to go and check out from there.”
Fans who missed Noles’ interview on “The Bullring” can click here to watch an on-demand replay of the episode.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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