Mini Tyrrell and the #81 Mini T's Fastest Grease In The East team have some unfinished business at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina. After struggling at the .363-mile track in 2019, Mini returned in June on a mission. He was in the top-3 on the leaderboard in every practice session and qualified a strong 5th. In the race, he ran as high as 3rd and battled for the runner-up spot. However, as has been the case too often in 2020, a dose of bad luck hindered his efforts.
Seven weeks after the last race, the 15-year-old driver returns to the track that is truly the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars. "I can't wait to go back and race at Hickory," Mini said. "I think we've got a great Mini T's Fastest Grease In The East Chevrolet and can definitely contend for the win."
Although the race finishes have been disappointing thus far in 2020, there is some silver lining beneath the surface. Mini's 9.3 average start is 4th best among the 18 CARS Tour drivers who've started all 3 races.
Ultimately, success in motorsports is measured by finishes, which Mini is striving to improve. "We had a great weekend at Hickory in June," Mini said. "We ran as high as third, but we started falling back in the field and came in for an adjustment." He wound up losing 2 laps on pit road as the crew worked to tighten the track bar bolt. When Mini returned to the race, he was running laps faster than the race leaders. Unfortunately, a cut tire brought him to pit road and forced an early exit from the race.
● Event: CARS Tour Late Model (125 laps / 45 miles)
● Date/Time: August 1. Green flag: Approx 7:00 pm/et
● Location: Hickory Motor Speedway. Hickory, N.C.
● Layout: .363-mile oval.
14 degree banking - turns 1 and 2
12 degree banking - turns 3 and 4
8 degree banking - straightaways
The #81 Mini T's Fastest Grease In The East Late Model will have a black paint scheme with white flames at Hickory. Mini will drive the same chassis that he drove in the June race at Hickory.
Mini was in the top-3 in all practice sessions in June and qualified 5th. However, a combination of chassis and tire issues hindered his efforts and resulted in a DNF.
FRIENDS OF JACLYN FOUNDATION RAFFLE
Be sure to check out the raffle for the #81 pedal car benefiting the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. Tickets are $5/each and limited to 500. Every dollar supports the mission of the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation to brighten the lives of children and families impacted by cancer. Mini and his race team have been steadfast FOJ supporters for the last 2 years.
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS
Mini and the #81 team are thankful for support from Convenience Tire and Auto, Weber Rector Commercial Real Estate Services, Absolutely Amish Structures, and Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. Thank you Rayvon Clark/Clark's Automotive Race Engines and Hedgecock Racing Enterprises for your support.
MINI'S ON-TRACK SCHEDULE
Friday, July 31
Practice: 2:30-3:30 pm, 4:30-5:30 pm, 5:30-6:00 pm
Saturday, August 1
Practice: 1:00-1:30 pm, 2:10-2:40 pm
Qualifying: 5:15 pm
Green flag: Approx 7:00 pm
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