By: Mitchell Breuer
On Saturday, September 26, Gracie Trotter made history, becoming the first woman to be victorious in an ARCA-sanctioned race, winning the ARCA Menards Series West event at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Since, the driver of the No. 99 Bill McNally Racing Toyota found herself doing more interviews than ever, and receiving praise from many, including seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion, Jimmie Johnson.
However, the win itself was bigger for Trotter than the historical circumstances that surround it, as to her she is just another driver competing for a win within the series.
“To me, being a female driver, I feel like I am just another race car driver on the track trying to go for that win just like every other race car driver is,” Trotter said during a media session Wednesday.
While the win may shine a bigger spotlight on her, she has proven to capable of hanging with the series’ best all season, only finishing outside of the top-five twice, and has not placed worse than fifth in the last five races. This is especially impressive given that this is her first year competing in any ARCA-sanctioned racing series.
Looking ahead, what is the next goal for Trotter with three races left in the season? Simple, capture more wins.
“I want to go win the next one and hopefully race the ARCA Series next year and go win a championship,” Trotter said. “I know we are capable of doing that with the team I have, and the great finishes I have had this year.”
Looking ahead at the 2021 season, Trotter is currently unsure of her plans but says she is currently having discussions and hopes to have something to announce within the next month.