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Marc Mitchell Back Where It All Began Rookie's Roots Firmly Planted in the Peach State Marc Mitchell Comments on the American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "When I first started racing, I started out in Georgia. Growing...

Marc Mitchell Back Where It All Began
Rookie's Roots Firmly Planted in the Peach State

Marc Mitchell Comments on the American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway:

"When I first started racing, I started out in Georgia. Growing up in the panhandle of Florida (Tallahassee), there weren't many race tracks close by that I could go to. There were tracks in Pensacola and Orlando, but it was worth the trip to Georgia because the competition was much better there. I did a lot of racing at Senoia Speedway and Cordele Motor Speedway. I raced at Lanier Speedway too. So when I get the chance to race in Georgia it feels like homecoming. It's great to be racing there again.

"I used to run Legends cars on the short track inside Atlanta (Motor Speedway). I always dreamed of one day driving on the big track. Some of the guys that I grew up racing with have made it to the big leagues, too. I raced against guys like Reed Sorenson, David Ragan and Stephen Leicht. It's hard to believe that we've all made it. It's a dream come true to return to race at Atlanta in the Truck Series.

"I've raced once before at Atlanta in an ASA car (2004). It seems like Turn 2 is the key to running a good lap. There's a bump in Turn 2 that will bounce you around. If you have to let off the throttle to gather up control, you'll kill your lap. Momentum is the key at a big, high-banked track like at Atlanta and Turn 2 will ruin it if you're not careful.

"My experience running the ASA car at Atlanta will be helpful. Thankfully, the time I raced there, I had Mark Martin as a teammate to show me the ropes. I just followed him around the track and learned a ton. I learned a lot about the line around the track and the different racing grooves. The Trucks have so much more horsepower, though. The ASA cars will top out around 160, so it will be a whole new ballgame with the trucks. I'm still learning how the air affects the trucks. I'm figuring out where I need to be around other trucks and how the air can help or hurt me when I'm racing for positions. California was a big boost to my learning curve and hopefully this week will be too."

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