Rajah Caruth sweeps Hickory Late Model features
Hickory Motor Speedway is called “Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars.”
Rajah Caruth, an 18-year-old from Washington, D.C., is aiming to continue the custom of stars who have actually utilized success at the historical place as an introducing pad up the NASCAR ladder. He got a quick start Saturday night as the NASCAR Drive for Variety advancement program chauffeur put the No. 6 Sunoco Chevrolet for Rev Racing in Success Lane.
Caruth began 5th and benefited from a mechanical concern with colleague Isabella Robusto under a late care to make a journey to Success Lane. After beginning 8th in the 2nd function, he finished the sweep.
“It’s pretty awesome,” Caruth stated. “The first one, we were kind of right place at the right time. The second one, I feel like we out drove them. It was pretty fun.”
In the 2nd function, Gracie Trotter ended up second, followed by Caruth’s Rev Racing colleagues Robusto and Lavar Scott. Trotter, who ended up being the very first woman to win in among the ARCA Menards Series’ leading series in 2015, is likewise a previous NASCAR Drive for Variety Advancement chauffeur.
“There was definitely a little bit of confidence there,” Caruth stated. “We started next to Gracie (on the final restart with 25 laps to go). We went into Turn 1, and I don’t think I’ve ever drove it deeper into one. And it stuck. That’s a testament to this team. They’re the best.”
According to Hickory, it’s the very first time the track had 2 ladies complete in the leading 3 in its Late Design Stock Cars and truck department.
In the very first function, Scott ended up sixth, while Rev Racing’s Regina Sirvent was ninth and Robusto 11th.
Caruth originates from an iRacing background. A NASCAR fan maturing, he initially made attention through the eNASCAR Ignite Series — a grassroots youth racing platform that recognizes chauffeurs without access to conventional race course all over the world.
Caruth is among 10 chauffeurs in the iRacing Pro Invitational Series Fan Vote to complete the field in next week’s virtual race at Talladega Superspeedway.
After making an area in the NASCAR Drive for Variety Youth Chauffeur Advancement Program in 2019 — the very first chauffeur from a bulk iRacing background to be chosen for the program — he drove in the NASCAR Advance Vehicle Components Weekly Series in 2015. Caruth won his very first profession Late Design race last October at another historical NASCAR track: South Carolina’s Greenville-Pickens Speedway.
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“Growing up, I was really a student of the sport and a fan,” Caruth stated. “To put my name in the books, not only winning at Greenville, but twice here, it means a lot.
“It means the world.”
This season, Caruth is driving in both the NASCAR Advance Vehicle Components Weekly Series and the ARCA Menards Series. He ended up 4th in the most current ARCA Menards Series East race at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, in February.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.