Legends newcomer Chase Singletary is hoping to celebrate his birthday in style with a victory at the INEX Winter Nationals at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida next week.
Singletary, 12, from Burgaw, North Carolina, moved up from a Mini Cup to the Legends Young Lions class last season, competing in races at Carteret County Speedway and Southern National Motorsports Park. This season, he is teamed up with Dillon Spain Motorsports and is heading to the Winter Nationals for the first time where he hopes to gain valuable experience and record strong finishes.
“It’s seat time for me,” Singletary said. “I’ll learn to drive the car, how to handle the car, especially in those tight corners and short straightaways. It’ll be different than the usual tracks I drive at. It should be fun and fast. Thee corners are really banked for that short track and it’s a small little track, smaller than Carteret.”
Singletary has only competed in a handful of Legends races with three starts at Carteret County Speedway, including an appearance in the INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals last October, and starts at Southern National Motorsports Park.
“Hopefully I’ll do better than I did at Carteret since I’m with Dillon Spain Motorsports now, but you never know,” Singletary commented. “It should be a fun track to drive. I’m looking to come in first place but there’s some tough competition.”
In preparation for the Winter Nationals, Singletary has already received some coaching from Dillon Spain. He has also logged laps at the virtual Lanier National Speedway on the iRacing computer simulator, where he says he has run solid lap times.
“Dillon’s a really good coach,” Singletary remarked. “He’s one of the best I think. He’s helped me a lot, especially with how to drive the car. He’s helped me through a lot. Spotting, how to get into the corner, how to get off the corners, when to press the gas in the corners, how to know if it’s loose or tight. He’s done a lot.”
Prior to last year, all of Singletary’s racing experience came in a Mini Cup, which drives different from the bigger and faster Legends car. In a Mini Cup, Singletary was often wide open around the whole Carteret County Speedway, and now he’s learning about braking zones and handling.
“I actually have to get off the gas in the corners and wheel the car,” Singletary explained. “At Carteret, you have to wheel it. At Southern National, you have to wheel it. Hopefully you have to wheel it at Citrus County.”
Singletary turns 13-years-old on February 14th and will spend his birthday at Citrus County for the Winter Nationals, while also taking in Speedweeks at Daytona and soaking up the Florida sun.
“A win on Thursday, that would be a a perfect birthday present right there,” Singletary stated. “During the week, we’re probably going to go to Disney World, and we’re going to the Daytona 500.”
During the regular season, Singletary will compete at Carteret County Speedway and Southern National Motorsports Park. His parents, Jeff and Stephanie, are also considering getting a second Legends car for him to go dirt racing in.
The INEX Winter Nationals at Citrus County Speedway will take place from Monday through Friday, with a scheduled day off from the track on Wednesday, during the afternoons at Citrus County Speedway. The races will be broadcast live on LegendsNation.TV.