Someone once said the last shall be first and the first last. Count Trevor Null among them.
Null, 15, of Mount Sterling, won the biggest race in quarter midget racing, the Battle of the Brickyard, July 9-10 in Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana. He had to come from behind to do it.
Null, who has been quarter midget racing since he was 11, started fifth of five in the 40-lap finals of the Battle of the Brickyard. To get there he had to finish at least first or second in the preliminary races. He had come from behind in a couple of those, so he was familiar with the position.
Null said a driver has to have a strategy to succeed and his was to remain calm, be patient and wait until the opportunity to move presents itself.
“You have to stay relaxed, you have to be patient,” Null said. “You have to be really alert. These are the fastest kids in the U.S.”
Null said within just a few laps of the finish, he knew he had it won. With a well-timed move he darted past the front runner and won by two car lengths.
Null had another challenge on the Brickyard race course, which is in the infield of the Indianapolis NASCAR Motor Speedway. It is a complete flat course, where Null was accustomed to driving races on courses with banked curves. Null said the tendency to slide through curves. Null said while it’s fun, there’s a liability.
“They slow you down,” he said.
To cap the win Null’s victory over the second place driver, Scotty Milan of Colorado, was a little-guy over rich-guy win. Null said his nearest opponent had a full racing crew with him.
Just Trevor and his dad tuned the Briggs & Stratton engine, which developed approximately 14 horsepower to move the racer at speeds up to 50 mph.
To be eligible for the championship series, Null accumulated enough points in races throughout the season.
“You have to do well,” he said.
Null ages out of quarter midget racing as of this year, but he wants to continue racing in full-size race cars.
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