The best short track Late Model racers in the country descended on Myrtle Beach Speedway for the UNOH Battle at the Beach. Plott Boyz Motorsports driver, Kyle Plott, fresh off his second place finish at the .563-mile speedway the previous week, returned this week driving the No. 8 CM Driver Development & Leasing Chevrolet.
The weekend started off great for the 19 year-old from Marietta, Ga., with a top-ten practice run. An impressive feat considering the level of competition that turns out for this event each year. A bad set of tires in qualifying put pressure on Plott in the qualifying race, but Plott remained answered the call and put himself solidly in the field.
As the race started on Saturday, Plott’s strategy was to take his time, save his tires and try to stay out trouble. After dodging a few early crashes, a spinning car collected Plott just before the halfway point, cutting down the left rear tire and damaging the left rear quarter panel.
After quick repairs by the CM Driver Development crew, Plott rejoined the field one lap down. Fortunately, a few laps later, Plott was the recipient of the free pass, putting him back on the lead lap.
A competition caution at lap 125 allowed teams to make pit stops in preparation for the final 75 laps of the event. During the stop, the CM Driver Development crew, led by Billy Poindexter, made several changes to the No. 8 Chevy, and bolted on four fresh tires to give Plott his best opportunity to make a move toward the front.
As the race resumed, Plott said the car was “… the best it has been all weekend.” He quickly began to pass cars eventually working his way into the top-ten.
In the closing laps of the race, however, the engine developed a slight misfire robbing the No. 8 of horsepower. Even with his car down on power and damaged from the earlier incident, Plott still managed to fend off many challengers and salvaged a respectable 15th place against some of the best late model racers in the country.
After overcoming several challenges, Plott remained positive about his weekend saying, “Everyone at CM Driver Development, Billy, Troy and everybody that came out to help did an awesome job. I can’t think them enough for supporting me. My mom and dad for helping through all the races. Turn 4 Promotions for promoting me and trying help us find some sponsorship. Overall it was a good weekend. Just didn’t have the luck we needed to come out with a top-ten.”
Plott will now travel down south to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fl for arguably the biggest late model race of the year… the 48th Annual Snowball Derby on Sunday December 5.
More about Kyle Plott:
Kyle is a 19-year old racer from Marietta, Ga that has already built an impressive resume that includes the rookie of the year title in the 2014 Whelen All-American Series and winner of the 2011 “Big Money 100” Legends race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He has accumulated over 300 wins in various divisions along with a total of 17 championships. If you are interested in partnering with Kyle or to schedule a personal appearance, contact Turn 4 Promotions at email@example.com Please include Kyle Plott in the subject line.
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