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Mini Tyrrell rides wave of momentum into Carteret County

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PELETIER, NC – Mini Tyrrell has had a breakthrough season in the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour, scoring three top-five finishes in the last four races.  Now, Tyrrell is hoping to ride that momentum into victory lane at one of his favorite tracks, Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway, on Saturday night.

Tyrrell, who turned 16 on Tuesday, has logged a lot of laps at Carteret County Speedway, the venue that plays host to this weekend’s Solid Rock Carriers 125, and has finished in the runner-up position at the track multiple times.  Tyrrell is confident about his chances of winning at a track he considers a home away from home in what would be his first career series victory.

“We’re really hoping to get a win under our belts this year,” Tyrrell said.  “It would be awesome.  We, as a team, have been preparing and are excited to return to Carteret County.  A win would be phenomenal and, if we did win, be prepared to have a huge party.”

Tyrrell scored his first career CARS Tour pole and podium at Hickory Motor Speedway in August and followed that up with a runner-up finish at Dominion Raceway a week later.  Tyrrell then qualified fourth at Franklin County and finished fourth at Langley Speedway.

“We’ve had a really good month this past August,” Tyrrell stated.  “We ended up with three top-five finishes.  We’ve been really good and had good qualifying runs.  The cars have been there, I’ve been there.  We just need to seal the deal.  Brandon Butler is bringing such amazing cars to the track each weekend, I just need to capitalize and put her in victory lane.”

Tyrrell not only hopes to win at Carteret, he expects to get to victory lane soon after the strong mid-summer performances he has had.

“This is one of the best shots we have to win,” Tyrrell commented.  “It’s a track I’m good at and have a lot of experience at.   Every weekend, when I go to the track, I’m there to win.  Our goal this year is to win races because we had a good season last year.  Obviously, we didn’t have the greatest start to this year and didn’t finish the first three races, but since then, we’ve been taking off like a rocket ship.  We’ve been solid and I hope we can keep it up.”

A win at Carteret would be meaningful to Tyrrell, who became a fan-favorite driver at the track in 2018.  During that season, Tyrrell became good friends with former track owner Bobby Watson, who passed away in October 2018.

“Bobby was an incredible man and I was so blessed to meet him and for the time we had together.”

Tyrrell is one of 23 drivers who are set to compete in Saturday night’s Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour 125 at Carteret County Speedway.  Entering Saturday’s race, the series has had seven different winners in seven races.  If Tyrrell is able to score the victory, he would be the eighth different winner and the third first-time winner of 2020.

The Solid Rock Carriers 125 will go green shortly after 7pm on Saturday.  Super Trucks and INEX Legends will also compete on Saturday night.

Mini Tyrrell on track during his first career CARS Tour pole run at Hickory Motor Speedway. (Andy Marquis photo)

Marquis comes from St. Charles, Maryland and has a widespread background in journalism, having covered politics in Washington and Maryland as well as nearly every form of auto racing, including NASCAR, IndyCar, AMA Motocross and IHRA Drag Racing. Now living near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Marquis covers Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models in the Carolinas and Virginia.

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