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2018 Year in Review – Mitchel Moles

Sprint Car Insider- Driver Exclusive. FRESNO, Ca. (December 5, 2018) –

Mitchel Moles showed up to the track in 2018 with a different attitude – a different winning attitude.

Moles comes away from 2018 with a staggering top 5 percentage of 51% along with 9% of his races in victory lane after winning on six occasions out of 45 races.

Each time Moles strapped into the racecar the only position he would consider a success was first. Moles was able to land four victories on the year but perhaps more impressive was how often he contended for them.

Moles landed in the top 5 in 24 of his 45 features. He finished in the top 10 in 34 of his 45 features, and earned 18 different podium finishes across the two classes he raced. To be exact he rounded out his season with a winning percentage of 9%, top 5 percentage of 51%, Top 10 percentage of 74%, and 37% of the time he was on the podium.

Although according to Moles he wishes he would have won more, the numbers do not lie. Every race Moles showed up to, he was in contention to win. Moreover, he also transitioned to a different brand in the final quarter of the season and switched his primary class around the same time while sprinkling double duty in there on multiple occasions.

Moles’ first victory of the year came at Lemoore Raceway on June 2, in the Non Wing class. On that night he drove to his first victory in over three years.

With the performance level Moles brought to the table on such a consistent basis, it was hard to think he nearly gave up racing for good. Just one short year prior to the beginning of his 2018 season Moles was all-in on becoming a professional bass fisherman. Racing was merely a forethought until somewhere along the 2017 season the spark was rekindled.

Mitchel Moles will tell you today that the difference for him was learning, and becoming more involved with the day to day maintenance and performance of the car.

“Once I started working on them more, that was the difference for me,” said Moles. “It’s one thing to race them, but being able to work on them brings along a whole new appreciation.”

The fruit of his labor became evident the very next weekend when he achieved a long time goal of his. On June 8, at Keller Auto Raceway Plaza Park, Mitchel Moles beat his predecessor, and long-time friend, Tj Smith, straight-up, for the first time.

This night at Plaza Mitchel Moles became the man to beat. He went 30-laps ahead of one of the greatest Micro Sprint racers in history to claim his second win of the season and first King of California triumph.

Although his performance elevation was already noticeable, it advanced yet another notch on this night in June.

June ended up being quite the month for Moles.

Plaza Park had always been a special place for the Moles family and it would prove to be yet again. Just when it looked as if Moles was riding the wave of momentum to its maximum status Moles etched himself another notch higher on the elite scale when he came out and pulled off something only achieved by the all-time greats. Well on his way to being known as that caliber of driver Moles cemented his status when he pulled off the double-duty sweep at Plaza Park during the Budweiser Outlaw Nationals.

Once known as the claim to fame for Plaza Park Raceway the Budweiser Outlaw Nationals hold some serious clout when it comes to west coast Micro Sprint racing. Now proceeding Speedweek drivers from far and wide found themselves on the hallowed grounds of Plaza Park where they met the juggernaut named Mitchel Moles. Moles was simply untouchable on night one of the Outlaw nationals, with, or without a wing on.

He first dominated the 30-lap Super 600 main event, marking his first win with a wing on since the days of the restricted class. Going into Speedweek this also served as a huge momentum builder heading into the most significant stretch of the season. Then it was time for the non-wing main with a sweep on the line.

Moles went out and laid down the gauntlet. He drove his way to a dominant 30-lap victory adding another page to the storied history between Plaza Park Raceway and the Moles family. After that win, Plaza became the sight of his first career sweep of Super 600 and Non-Wing in the same night. Moles had already been establishing himself as a prominent threat but from that moment he transformed from threat to favorite.

Plaza Park would come to play even more significance for Moles later in the year.

Moles then drove his way to victory once more at Delta Speedway after returning from a quality showing at the Clay Cup. In September Moles made another career-changing adjustment when he took a chance on the all-new TEN-J chassis.

Right out of the gate he was fast. He drove his way to QuickTime in his first qualifying attempt aboard a TEN-J and a podium at the Mark Hagopian Memorial.

He capped off his season by picking up his first win in a TEN-J and fourth of the season at Lemoore Raceway’s California Cup. He won in dominating fashion.

However as the 2018 season comes to a close and everyone’s eyes shift to Tulsa, Moles may have knocked down his most impressive feat. Mitchel Moles is now your track record holder at Keller Auto Raceway Plaza Park.

On the very last weekend of racing for the year Mitchel Moles eclipsed a 7-year standing track record at Plaza Park by dropping into the low 10 second bracket in the Super 600 class.

The speed is there, his confidence is high, and after an extremely successful 2018 campaign, Mitchel Moles now shifts his focus to the Tulsa Expo Center and bringing home the most coveted prize in all of Micro Sprint racing – the Golden Driller.

Mitchel Moles full 2018 statistics are listed below.

In the coming days and weeks be sure to stay right here on Sprint Car Insider for all of the Official Releases regarding Tulsa. We are set to take you all the way up to the 34th Annual Tulsa Shootout following his quest to capture the coveted Golden Driller presented by Southern Pacific Farms.

 

Until then-

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Twitter: @mitchelmoles01

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Mitchel Moles 2018 Stats

Features: 45

Wins: 6

Top 5: 24

Top 10: 34

Quick Time: 4

2nd: 4

Podiums: 18

 

2018 Percentages:

Win % – 9.3 %

Top 5 % – 51%

Top 10 % – 74 %

Podium % – 37%

Avg. Finishing Position: 6.72

 

Catch Mitchel Moles in action next

On the Horizon for Mitchel Moles

34 Annual Tulsa Shootout

January 1-5, 2019

Tulsa Expo Center

Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

Mitchel Moles 2018 Results

1. 4/13 – King of California 1 Dixon

DNS

2. 4/14 – King of California 2 Delta Speedway

Non Wing

Main 3rd

Qual: 5th

3. 4/27 – King of California 3 Plaza Park

Non Wing

Main: 5th

4. 5/12 – Lemoore Raceway

Non Wing

Main: 8th

Qual: 7th

5. 5/25 – Lemoore Tachi Palace Nationals

Non wing

Main: 7th

Qual: 14th

6. 5/26 – Lemoore Tachi Palace Nationals 2

Non Wing

Main: 10th

Qual: 10th

7. 6/2 – Lemoore Raceway

Non Wing

Main: 1st

Qual: 1st

8. Super 600

Main: 3rd

Qual: 4th

9. 6/8 – Plaza Park King of California 7

Non Wing –

Main: 1st

10. 6/9 – Lemoore King of California 8

Non Wing –

Main: 4th

Qual: 1st

11. 6/15 – Delta Speedway

Non-Wing

Main: 15th

Qual: 2nd

12. 6/16 – Delta Speedway

Non-Wing

Main: 3rd

Qual: 5th

13. 6/21 – Budweiser Outlaw Nationals – Plaza Park

Non-Wing

Main: 1st

14. Super 600

Main: 1st

15. 6/26 CA SPEEDWEEK Dixon

Non wing:

Main: 10th

Qual: 9th

16. Super 600

Main: 14th

Qual: 5th

17. 6/27 CA SPEEDWEEK Delta

Non Wing

Main: 4th

Qual: 3rd

18. Super 600

Main: 14th

Qual: 16th

19. 6/29 CA SPEEDWEEK Plaza

Non Wing

Main: 2nd

Qual: 1st

20. Super 600

Main: 20th

Qual: 7th

21. 6/30 CA SPEEDWEEK Lemoore

Non Wing

Main: 2nd

Qual: 4th

22. Super 600

Main: 11th

Qual: 18th

23. 7/6 Jet Bowl Classic – Lemoore

Non Wing

Main: 5th

Qual: 11th

24. 7/6 – Super 600

Main: DNS

Qual: 11th

25. 7/7 Jet Bowl Classic – Lemoore

Non Wing

Main: 5th

Qual: 6th

26. 7/13 King of California 9 – Dixon

Non Wing

Main: 19th Dnf

Qual: n/a

27. 7/14 King of California 10 – Delta

Non Wing

Main:

Qual:

28. Clay Cup night 1 (7/19) – Deming Speedway

Super 600

Qual: 12th

Main: 11th

29. Clay Cup night 2 (7/20) – Deming Speedway

Super 600

Heat: 5th

B- Main: 9th

A-Main: Dnq

30. Clay Cup Championship Night (7/21) Deming Speedway

Super 600

B-main: 5th

Main Event: 8th

31. 7/28 Delta Speedway

Non Wing

Main: 1st

Qual: 4th

32. 8/18 Delta Speedway

Non Wing

Main: 2nd

Qual: 5th

33. 8/25 Lemoore Raceway

Non Wing

Main: 2nd (technical dq)

Qual: 4th

34. 9/7 King of California 13 Plaza

Non Wing

Main: 3rd

35. 9/8 King of California 14 Lemoore

Non Wing

Main: 4th

Qual: 4th

36. 9/21 Mark Hagopian Memorial night 1 – Plaza

Non – Wing

Main: 11th

Qual: 11th

37. 9/21 MHM Super 600 *TEN-J Debut*

Super 600

Main: 8th

Qual: 17th

38. 9/22 Mark Hagopian Memorial Plaza

Non Wing

Main: 3rd

Qual: 1st (first time in 10j non wing)

39. 9/22 MHM – Plaza. Night two

Super 600

B- Main: 5th

A- Main: Dnq

Qual: 29th

40. 9/29 Budweiser Grand Prix – Lemoore

Non- Wing

Main: 8th

Qual: dns

41. 9/29 Budweiser Grand Prix

Super 600

Main: 11th

Qual: 2nd

42. 10/5 King of California 15 – Dixon

Super 600

Main: 3rd

Qual:

43. 10/6 King of California 16 – Delta

Super 600

Main: 3rd

Qual: 9th

44. 10/11 – 10/12 Cal Cup Lemoore

Super 600

Main: 1st

Qualifier: 3rd

45. 11/16 Turkey Night at Plaza – Plaza

Non Wing 600

Main: 10th

Qual: 5th

46. 11/16 Turkey Night at Plaza – Plaza

Super 600

Qual: 1st *new track record*

Main: 3rd

 

2018 Win Dates

6/2/2018 – Lemoore Raceway non wing

6/8/2018 – Keller Auto Raceway Plaza Park KofC – non wing

6/21/2018 – Keller Auto Raceway Plaza Park – Outlaw Nationals Super 600

6/21/2018 – Keller Auto Raceway Plaza Park – Outlaw Nationals – non wing

7/28/2018 – Delta Speedway non wing

10/12/2018 – Lemoore Raceway Cal Cup Super 600

 

Wins by Track:

Lemoore Raceway: 2

Plaza Park Raceway: 3

Delta Speedway: 1

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