Thomas Scott sits second in points at Ace Speedway and was mounting a legitimate challenge for his first career Late Model championship prior to the track’s closure back in June. Now, Ace is roaring back to life and Scott’s ready to answer.
Scott, 25, picked up his first career and, to date, lone Late Model Stock Car victory at Ace Speedway back on April 11, 2014. The track is home for the Corbett Ridge, North Carolina driver who is as passionate about racing as he is about life itself. Unlike many of the Altamahaw, North Carolina racetrack’s regulars, Scott was able to continue racing at Orange County Speedway where he sits second in points. However, Scott’s happy to be going home.
“Man I’m very excited,” Scott said. “There is no place like home. It was very disappointing how everything went down earlier in the year but I’m excited that we get to come back and finish out the year. Ace is too nice of a facility and there are too many people that it means a lot to for it to remain closed and not be used.”
Scott would love to celebrate Ace Speedway’s grand re-opening on Friday night in style, with a victory. If he is able to win, it would be his first win of the 2015 season and his first victory since April 11, 2014.
“I definitely feel like my opportunity is as good as it’s been this year,” Scott remarked. “I’ve finally gotten my car where it needs to be and have taken most of the year to learn what it needs since I built it over this past winter. It was new to me. We have had some really good runs the past couple months and my last 2 races at Ace were second place finishes.”
Scott has strong expectations for the remainder of the season at Ace Speedway as he continues his fight for his first ever championship.
“I hope to continue running top 3 each week and get some wins at both Ace and Orange County,” he commented. “We are definitely very close to victory lane.”
The re-opening of Ace Speedway has put some stress on Scott. Now that the track is reopening with a realigned schedule, the remaining races at Ace Speedway will all fall on the eve of races at Orange County Speedway and Scott only has one car.
“Most of the year, the schedule was made where the races were on opposite weekends, but since Ace re-did the schedule, the rest of the races at Ace are the night before a race at Orange County,” Scott explained. “It’s caused a lot of stress because I only have one car right now and don’t have the money to finish my other car right now. I’m working hard to get it together but I had originally planned on just having it ready for Martinsville, now I need to have it together as soon as possible.”
Ace Speedway will return to action on Friday night, July 24th.