Kid Quick looks to start Southern All Star East Event

              October 2009                                 Dale Wilkerson

There are a lot of nicknames in the world of racing.

David Pearson was known as the ‘Silver Fox’ due to his ability to out-fox the other drivers. Buddy Baker was called lead-foot for the speed records that he set. Mike Duvall was called The Flintstone Flyer because one of his early cars had a small picture of Bedrock’s most famous character. And now there is a 13-year old known as Kid Quick, and this name suits Enoree’s Zack Mitchell perfectly. 

Mitchell has progressed from the local kart racing tracks, all the way to the high-horsepower world of the Dirt Super Late Models.

Mitchell, who won a Crate Late Model feature last Saturday night at the Cherokee Speedway, picked up his first Super Late Model win on 10/10/2009, also at Gaffney’s Cherokee Speedway.

With 11-race wins (ten in Crates and one in Supers) under his belt this season, Mitchell looks to qualify for his first Southern All Stars East event this weekend.

The competition will be tough, as last year’s winner, Chris ‘Smokey’ Madden; three time series champion Casey Roberts, the driver known as ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ Jeff Cooke, and many more will be on hand looking to capture the checkered flag in the 25th Annual Stick Elliott Memorial. 

A winner’s purse of $4,000 will be up for grabs in this 40-lap event and several support divisions will also be on the card.

Mitchell will be a guest on Droppin’ the Hammer this Saturday along with the owner of the Southern Speedway in Blacksburg, Jason Owens. Owens remembers well watching Mitchell hone his racing skills on the kart tracks.

Zack Mitchell in Victory Circle at the Cherokee Speedway               Mike Butler Photography

“Zack was one of the smoothest kart racers I have ever seen. He was always impressive both on and off the race track,” said Owens.

With a nickname like ‘Kid Quick,’ Mitchell knows folks are watching his every lap.

“It will be a great honor to qualify for the Stick Elliott race. He was one of the best dirt racers ever, and I just want to make the field, complete all the laps, and gain the respect of the other drivers,” said Mitchell.

As for the roots of his nickname, legend has it that local photographer Mike Butler was the first to call Mitchell Kid Quick. Butler normally photographs cars in turn one and Mitchell buzzed by him one night in a blur. Butler looked around and said, “That kid is quick!” and the name stuck. 

Mitchell will be looking to lock down one of the 24 starting spots for the feature race.

The gates will open at Cherokee this Saturday at 5:00pm, with hot laps around 7:30.

NASCAR Legend Bud Moore, who was among the 25 names on the ballot for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, is standing alongside 13-year old Zack Mitchell and his Crate Late Model. Mitchell is the youngest Super Late Model Feature race winner in the history of the Cherokee Speedway. Moore gave Mitchell some advice on Droppin’ the Hammer. Mitchell and his crew brought the Crate Late Model for Boy Scout Troop #1031, as they were guests of the show.