It's been nearly three months since Mini Tyrrell and the #81 Mini T's Fastest Grease In The East Chevrolet were on track for a CARS Tour race. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a reworked Late Model schedule for 2020.

After biding his time the last few months with school work (and the rod and reel), Mini heads to Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C., for the Race at Ace 125 on June 5 with a turnaround on his mind.

"It's going to be exciting to get back in the driver's seat," said Mini. "I've missed it so much." The 15-year-old phenom is coming off a disappointing 24th place finish in the season opener at Southern National Motorsports Park in March after an oil leak surfaced on the pace laps, which forced him to park the #81 Chevrolet prior to the green flag.

Last year, Mini finished 8th in the CARS Tour Late Model race at Ace Speedway. "Ace Speedway is one of my favorite tracks because of how technical the corners are," Mini said. "Turns 1 and 2 are like Martinsville Speedway, and Turns 3 and 4 are reminiscent of Hickory Motor Speedway." It was an arduous Friday night at Ace in 2019 as Mini started 17th and survived two spins -- including one after contact from a driver who was 16 laps down -- to post a solid top-10 effort.

The #81 Mini T's Fastest Grease In The East Late Model will debut a new white/red paint scheme at Ace Speedway.

Gear up for the summer with new merchandise from Mini's online racing store. T-shirts, hats, and tank tops from Black Acid Apparel are the perfect way to show your support for Mini. Merchandise features Mini's new 2020 paint scheme.
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Mini and the #81 team are grateful for support from Convenience Tire and Auto, Solid Rock Carriers, Weber Rector Commercial Real Estate Services, Absolutely Amish Structures, and Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.

Thursday, June 4
Practice: 3:00-4:00 pm, 4:30-5:00 pm, 5:30-6:00 pm
Friday, June 5
Practice: 1:45-2:15 pm, 2:45-3:15 pm
Qualifying: 6:50 pm
Green flag: Approx 8:05 pm

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