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Mitchel Moles Doesn’t Let Bad Luck Deter Him at Trophy Cup

PETERSEN MEDIA- Though Lady Luck didn’t seem to ride with Mitchel Moles at the 27th Trophy Cup over the weekend, the 21-year-old pilot did not let it deter him as he raced his way into the Saturday night ‘B’ with the Roth Motorsports team.

“Luck was definitely not on our side over the weekend, and this is an event where you need some good luck at times,” Mitchel Moles said. “Even though it was rough, I really have to thank Dennis and Teresa Roth for the opportunity to run this event in one of their famed cars.”

Moles’ Trophy Cup got off to a tough start on Thursday night in Tulare, CA. Timing the Roth Enterprises/HR Livestock Transportation/Jason, Tara, and Cole Roth Cattle Co. backed no. 83Jr in 30th fastest in qualifying time trials.

Heat race action would see the Raisin City, CA driver have some bad luck as a steering box failure would see him get upside down in turn two. Though done for the heat, Moles and company would make repairs and he would make the call for the 10-lap ‘C’ where he would cap his opener with a sixth-place finish.

Shaking a tough night off, Moles and company checked back in for action on Friday night with a fresh slate, as they looked to maximize their point out put before Saturday night’s finale.

Timing in 17th fastest on this night, Moles would find himself on the front row of his heat race with his night off to a much better start. During a heat race action, close quarters action would see Moles shoved up into the wall resulting in a myriad of lost spots, and points.

Slipping back to a 4th place finish, Moles would be relegated to one of the twin “B” main events on this night, where a 10th place finish brought his night to a close.

Saturday’s finale would see Moles compete in one last heat race to accrue more points to dictate which feature event he would line up for. In a spirited race, Moles would finish fourth, which placed him in the second row of the ‘C’.

On a re-worked racing surface, Moles would take care of business as he would keep his machine well inside the Top-4 which is where he needed to be to move into the 25-lap ‘B’.

Finishing third, Moles would extend his Trophy Cup as he transferred on.

Tagging the last row of the ‘B’, Moles would continue to fight for each and every position as he looked to work his way into the Top-4 and qualify for the 50-lap finale. With a stout car under him, Moles would work towards to the Top-10 as the race reached the halfway point.

Getting into 12th, Moles would take over 11th on the 18th lap but trouble would strike. Cars would get out of shape in front of him, and with nowhere to go, Moles would get in on the wreck and cause enough damage to bring his night to an early end.

“It was just one of those things that if something could go wrong it seemed to, but we didn’t give up,” Moles said. “I felt like we had a good car all weekend, and I owe that to this Roth Motorsports team Brent, Todd, Brandon, Drew, Albert, Doug, and Sean.”

The Roth Motorsports team would like to thank Roth Enterprises, HR Livestock Transportation, Jason, Tara, And Cole Roth Cattle Co., Roth Investments, FK Rod Ends, Vahlco Wheels, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Kent Performance, Kaeding Performance, and Smith Titanium for their support in 2021.

BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-18, Wins-1, Top 5’s-6, Top-10’s-7

ON TAP: Roth Motorsports is slated to return to action this weekend with the King of the West Series as they continue to finalize plans.

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