SWANSBORO, NC – Travis Provost is hoping to score his first career Mini Stock victory in the Battlefield Tire Pros Mini Stock Mayhem event at Carteret County Speedway – the 100 lap feature that headlines Budweiser Halloween Mayhem.
Provost, 35, from Swansboro, used to race at Coastal Plains Raceway in Jacksonville. He returned to the racing scene after a six year hiatus when Carteret County Speedway opened up.
“We raced at Coastal Plains, took six years off,” Provost said. “We’re two miles away from Carteret. Once Carteret was built, we took the car out of the trailer and trying to get everything going after six years. We’ve had a lot of part failures this year. We’re figuring out what we need to replace as we go. We’ve pretty much replaced the entire car now.”
Provost believes he will have a fast car in Saturday night’s 100 lap Mini Stock Mayhem event, the biggest event of the year for Mini Stocks and an event that will likely produce the largest field of cars in Carteret County Speedway’s 14 month history.
“I think we have a shot,” Provost remarked. “We’ll do some testing. This will be the first race we’ve bolted on four new tires. In testing, we’ve only been three-tenths off. I was running some 18.8s with American Racers on there so I think four fresh Hoosiers, we have a shot. That will be the big thing, survive the first 50 laps and survive the second half.”
It’s been a month since Carteret County Speedway has last raced, and Provost has taken that month off to prepare so he can arrive in peak performance mode.
“We’ve had some time off and been working on the car,” Provost explained. “The rules were more constraining but now, with the Mayhem rules, I’ve spent the last couple weeks installing all new parts getting everything ready. Been doing a lot of research and throwing new stuff at it that will help us out. I think we have a shot at a top-five if nothing else.”
The 35-year-old got his start in Go-Karts, like so many other racers before moving up into stock cars. Provost moved up to Pure Stocks, where he won races at Coastal Plains before making the jump to Mini Stocks.
“I came out of the Go Kart world. It’s night and day,” Provost said. “Went from tires being everything to worrying about suspension. The suspension stuff was a new thing. With go karts, we were winning championships and races. Went from being a competitor every week to having to start all over again. We could never breakthrough in a Mini Stock at Coastal Plains. Same thing at Carteret, we have a top three car but can’t just break through.”
While winning is the main goal, Provost has fun at the track win or lose. For him, it’s an opportunity to do what he loves to do while spending time with his family.
“I’m a family oriented person,” Provost stated. “I’ve got three kids and they’re my life. They allow me to race. I’m thankful for that. I’ve got a lot of family behind me. We’re a low budget team doing what we can. We work together and have fun, that’s our main goal. If we can walk out at the end of the night and everybody’s safe, we’re happy to be there. I’m happy for the opportunity to be racing.”
The 100 lap Battlefield Tire Pros Mini Stock Mayhem race is the headline act in Saturday night’s Budweiser Halloween Mayhem event. The Late Model division will be in action for 60 laps while the Street Stocks, U-CARS and Legends will also race. In addition to those divisions, vintage racing is coming to Carteret County Speedway with the East Coast Flathead Ford Association making a visit to the Swansboro, North Carolina track.
Budweiser Halloween Mayhem will be fun for the entire family with treats for kids before the race as well as a $100-to-win Halloween costume contest. Tickets for the event are available the day of the race for $15. Kids 10 and under admitted free.
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