Zack Mitchell among the winners at Cherokee Saturday

Dale Wilkerson                                                      April 2010


Kid Quick, Zack Mitchell scored his first win on the 2010 season last Saturday night at Cherokee Speedway.

                Mitchell battled side-by-side with Adam Yarborough for several laps before grabbing the top spot and the victory in the GM-Performance Crate Late Models. Mitchell was able to build a lead of five car lengths while Yarborough battled with Travis Lawson for the runner-up spot. Lawson pulled clear of Yarborough but Mitchell’s lead had grown from five car lengths to 15 while the two battled for second.

                “That was a lot of fun racing with Adam. He had us all covered in the heat race and my team changed a couple of things that really helped me to pick up this win,” said Mitchell.

                Mitchell pulled in to the Mike Butler Victory Lane for his post race pictures before he remembered he had more work to do. Mitchell had qualified third for the Super Late Model race and he only had a short amount of time to get strapped in to his Hamrick’s of Gaffney ride for that feature.

                Furman Parton pulled ahead in the opening laps with Mitchell closing in as the race reached the half way point. Mitchell made up two car lengths down the back stretch and was looking under Parton for the lead when a lapped car forced him get out of the gas. Parton built up a big lead to lose a lot of time himself due to lapped cars. Parton could see Mitchell closing in on him just as he cleared the lap cars. Mitchell had to thread his way past two slower cars and could not make up the ten car length advantage that Parton had built up.  

"Kid Quick" Zack Mitchell in Victory Lane last year

                “The lapped cars hurt both of us. The first time they really hurt Zack then when I ran up on them I thought it was going to work to his advantage. The car was great tonight. The guys on the crew have worked hard the past few weeks and it really showed tonight,” said Parton.

                Jacob Carver backed up his win two weeks ago with another last Saturday. The only thing that was different for this young driver was that he moved up from the Young Guns class to the Street Stock Four. Carver looked to be on his way to a heat race win, when he went high in turn four and got out of shape, allowing Brandon Lambert to get by for the win.

                As the feature started, Lambert was out front with Brayden Pruitt closing in, looking for racing room. The two cars touched on the exit of turn four resulting in Lambert spinning to the inside. During the caution flag, Pruitt was sent to the rear for the contact.

                Carver restarted on the front row with Jerry Oliver and Justin Ward battling for second. Another caution waved as Ward spun after he and Oliver touched setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Carver had a great restart and left Oliver to battle with Tom Bristol for second.

                In Young Guns, Ricky Greene scored his second career win. Mitch Sill held off Brian Spencer in Pure Stock, Joe Stephenson picked up his first win in two seasons in Renegades, and Dustin Flowers won in the Extreme Fours. Cherokee will take the green flag this Saturday night with a regular weekly show before the Southern All Stars East Division kicked off the 2010 season on April 17th.