Future NASCAR Prospect and Female ARCA Star Gracie Trotter Receives Important Award for a Stellar Season

Published 12/06/2020, 7:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 20: Gracie Trotter (99) Bill McAnally Toyota Camry and Holley Hollan (50) Bill McAnally Toyota Camry look on during the ARCA Menards Series West Star Nursery 150 race on February 20, 2020, at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Without a doubt, the 2020 campaign has been a surreal experience for young Gracie Trotter. The 19-year-old has confessed that the success she achieved still feels like a dream that she never wants to wake up from. She took her maiden win in the NASCAR-owned ARCA Menards Series West and was a picture of consistency.

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To be precise, she never finished lower than 10th in all 11 races this year. Additionally, Trotter can boast of a late model race win on the home tarmac; she won at the Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

All this has culminated in the teenager receiving the 2020 Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award, which goes to an outstanding minority or female driver in NASCAR. Needless to say, she was proud to have proved her mettle among her male counterparts, and her on-track performances showed it.

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What did Gracie Trotter say about winning the award?

Speaking about getting more women involved, she said, “They’re trying to get more females and minorities into the sport which is really good. What I’m hoping, and what everyone else is, is that eventually it’ll become a norm and it won’t be talked about, that it’s not normal for females to be in the sport.”

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL – OCTOBER 23: Gracie Trotter, NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine at New Smyrna Speedway on October 23, 2018 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)

Trotter has been in the racing arena since the age of eight. However, she acknowledged that the 2020 season proved that this was no longer a hobby, but the start of a budding career.

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Why Trotter is a strong prospect for NASCAR in the future

She has raced for Bill McAnally Racing and delivered consistent and strong performances. Admittedly, the COVID-19 shutdown made things difficult for her. However, Trotter proved her resilience and was eventually rewarded with a hard-fought race-win.

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When that race kicked off, she started ninth, but slowly began to scythe her way up the order. Additionally, winning the race at Hickory was quite special. This was because her father raced there when he first moved to North Carolina. In a way, her triumph was extremely poetic.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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