"Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than a magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration." -- Charles Dickens
For Mini Tyrrell and the #81 Mini T's Fastest Grease In The East team, the race at Dominion Raceway is vastly different from the others on the CARS Tour. For starters, it's the closest track to home and a symbolic anchor for the driver and the race team. And, naturally, it's a place where many familiar faces line the grandstand and the suites.
From his early go karting days at King George Speedway, through his Late Model success at Shenandoah Speedway, and now onto the highly competitive CARS Tour, Mini has cultivated a dedicated and passionate fan base throughout the Commonwealth. "I'm very excited to race close to home," Mini said in advance of Saturday night's Radley Chevrolet 125. "I have a lot of friends and family who are coming to see me again. We're planning to put on a great show."
In his two previous CARS Tour starts at Dominion Raceway, the 16-year-old driver from Manassas has indeed put on a great show. In his rookie season in 2019, Mini qualified 3rd and finished a strong 4th. It was his best CARS Tour start and finish of his inaugural season. Last year, he started 6th and worked his way up to 2nd place. He inherited the lead for a late race restart, but lost the top spot to eventual winner Jonathan Findley. In an eventful finish, he held on for a CARS Tour career-best 2nd place finish after spinning sideways at checkered flag in a 3-way battle with Brandon Pierce and Jonathan Shafer.
The Radley Chevrolet 125 concludes a stretch of 5 CARS Tour races in the span of 8 weeks. Mini and the race team will have a much needed summer break prior to the next race at Hickory Motor Speedway on July 31.
● Event: CARS Tour Late Model (125 laps / 50 miles)
● Date/Time: June 19. Green flag: Approx 7:40 pm/et
● Location: Dominion Raceway. Thornburg, Va.
● Layout: 4/10-mile oval
● Banking: 14 degrees (turns), 9 degrees (straights)
The #81 Mini T's Fastest Grease In The East Late Model will be decked in a base white with red numbers at Dominion Raceway.
In his last 6 CARS Tour races in Virginia dating back to 2019, Mini has 5 top-8 finishes and an average finish of 6.8.
The CARS Tour Throwback event at Hickory Motor Speedway is a mid-summer highlight on the schedule. In 2019, Mini paid tribute to Jeff Gordon's 1997 championship season with the rainbow #24 car. The Throwback theme was canceled in 2020 amidst coronavirus restrictions. Mini will announce his tribute for the July 31 Throwback race in a few weeks.
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.
MINI'S ON-TRACK SCHEDULE:
Friday, June 18
Practice: 4:30-5:30 pm, 5:45-6:15 pm, 6:30-7:00 pm
Saturday, June 19
Practice: 2:15-2:45 pm, 3:00-3:30 pm
Qualifying: 5:45 pm
Green flag: Approx 7:40 pm