Mini Tyrrell and the #81 Mini T's Fastest Grease In The East team will look to rebound on the Virginia coast after a disappointing finish last weekend. The team heads down to slack tide in Hampton Roads for a home state race at Langley Speedway.
"I'm excited to be back at a flat track," Mini said. "Langley Speedway is a difficult track to master because it's almost completely flat. We didn't have the best race at Franklin County Speedway, but we're setting the bar high for Langley."
Mini dropped to 14th in the CARS Tour Late Model points standings after finishing outside the top-15 at Franklin County Speedway. Nevertheless, he sits just 11 points outside of the top-10. His average starting spot (6.5) is 3rd best among drivers with at least 3 starts this year. Only Corey Heim (5.5) and defending series champion Bobby McCarty (6.3) have a better average starting spot.
The 2020 season has been an up and down affair for the 15-year-old from Manassas, Va. He posted a career-best 2nd place finish on the CARS Tour at Dominion Raceway, along with a solid 3rd place effort at Hickory Motor Speedway after capturing his first CARS Tour pole position the same day. However, four finishes outside the top-15 have motivated the driver to rebound in the strongest manner.
● Event: CARS Tour Late Model (125 laps / 49 miles)
● Date/Time: August 29. Green flag: Approx 7:15 pm/et
● Location: Langley Speedway. Hampton, Va.
● Layout: .395-mile oval.
6 degrees banking - turns
4 degrees banking - straightaways
The #81 Mini T's Fastest Grease In The East Late Model will have a white paint scheme with red numbers at Langley Speedway. Mini will drive the same chassis that he most recently drove to a CARS Tour career-best 2nd place finish at Dominion Raceway.
BRAIN FREEZE CHALLENGE
Prior to the start of Saturday's race, Mini's team will be among 6 participating teams in the Brain Freeze Challenge benefiting the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation and the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation. Participants will ride a tricycle approximately 30 feet on the frontstretch while being pushed by a teammate. At the finish line, the rider will eat a Klondike Mini as fast as they can. The winner will be the team that eats the full Klondike Mini first. Mini will be teaming with his car chief Dan Givens in the event. Among the other participating teams/drivers: Black Acid Racing, Nelson Motorsports (2), Grayson Cullather, and Ronald Hill. Donations are welcome and readily accepted with 100% of the funds benefiting pediatric brain tumor research.
Mini was on the verge of a top-10 finish on a humid night on the Virginia coast. However, he was forced to slow to avoid a crash in turn 4 on the final lap and slipped to a 15th place finish.
Langley Speedway will be Mini's final race as a 15-year-old. He celebrates his 16th birthday on September 8.
FRIENDS OF JACLYN FOUNDATION RAFFLE
Mini is incredibly grateful for all of the donors who supported the pedal car raffle benefiting the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. The 500th and final ticket was sold on August 21. The drawing will be held on September 12 at Carteret County Speedway on Facebook Live.
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS
Mini and the #81 team are thankful for support from Convenience Tire and Auto, Solid Rock Carriers, 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, August 28
Practice: 4:30-5:30 pm, 5:45-6:15 pm, 6:30-7:00 pm
Saturday, August 29
Practice: 2:15-2:45 pm, 3:00-3:30 pm
Qualifying: 5:35 pm
Green flag: Approx 7:15 pm
Gear up with Mini's merchandise from Black Acid Apparel. T-shirts, hats, and tank tops are the perfect way to show your support for Mini and the #81 team.
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