"Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again." -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
After moving into the top-10 in the CARS Tour points standings for the first time this season, Mini Tyrrell and the #81 Mini T's Fastest Grease In The East team heads to Ace Speedway for Friday night's Late Model event looking for a breakthrough under the lights in rural Altamahaw, N.C.
"I'm excited to head back to Ace Speedway," Mini said. "It's a great short track because it allows for intense side-by-side racing. I can't wait to get out there."
This will be Mini's third career start at the 4/10-mile oval. In April 2019, Mini started 17th at Ace Speedway during his rookie season. He overcame two spins during the race and finished in 8th place. Last June, he started 10th and moved up to 7th place before a brake problem ended his night on lap 72.
Mini enters the race in a three-way tie for 10th in the series standings, but he's just 6 points away from 4th place in the highly competitive standings. A strong effort under the lights at Ace Speedway could thrust Mini to his highest points position since the conclusion of the 2019 season.
● Event: CARS Tour Late Model (125 laps / 50 miles)
● Date/Time: May 7. Green flag: Approx 8:10 pm/et
● Location: Ace Speedway. Altamahaw, N.C.
● Layout: 4/10-mile oval
● Banking: 12 degrees (turns), 10 degrees (straights)
Mini is just 42 laps away from completing his 3,000th lap during his CARS Tour career. He'll become the 13th (and youngest) driver in series history to achieve the 3,000 lap milestone.
The #81 Mini T's Fastest Grease In The East Late Model will be decked in a base white with red numbers at Ace Speedway.
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:
Mini and the #81 team are thankful for support from Convenience Tire and Auto, Quaker State, Solid Rock Carriers, Absolutely Amish Structures, and BDL Motorsports. Thank you Rayvon Clark/Clark's Automotive Race Engines, Hedgecock Racing Enterprises, and Grafix Unlimited for your support.
MINI'S ON-TRACK SCHEDULE:
Thursday, May 6
Practice: 3:00-4:00 pm, 4:30-5:00 pm, 5:30-6:00 pm
Friday, May 7
Practice: 1:45-2:15 pm, 2:45-3:15 pm
Qualifying: 7:10 pm
Green flag: Approx 8:15 pm