MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 7, 2019) – If you’re going to do something, do it right.
Sam Mayer did something on Friday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, and man, did he do it right. Starting from the pole after sweeping practice, Mayer led all but two of the 125 laps in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event on the 1-mile oval to win the event and the series title.
He also claimed a place in history as the youngest champion in NASCAR history at 16 years, three months and eight days, a bit more than two months younger than the previous holder of that title, Todd Gilliland.
Mayer put together an astoundingly successful season on the way to the championship, winning four times in 12 races and adding 11 top-five and 11 top-10 finishes to the totals. He entered the weekend needing to just start the 125-lapper on the Monster Mile to claim the title. As soon as the Gatorade dried from Victory Lane, Mayer began prepping for a trip to Indianapolis for an ARCA Racing Series event on Saturday.
The young Wisconsin driver was understandably excited with his accomplishments.
“To become the youngest NASCAR champion is incredible,” Mayer said. “I have learned so much this year and can’t wait for the 2020 season to start already. I’m headed to Indy in the morning (Saturday) to try to get my first ARCA win. Back-to-back wins in the same weekend would be awesome.”
Winning four races in a series that serves as the stepping-off point on the ladder to the upper reaches of NASCAR was also a feat worth talking about, he said.
“This has been an amazing season,” Mayer said. “I can’t thank everyone at GMS Racing, Chevrolet and Drivers Edge Development enough. Maury Gallagher (owner), Mike Beam (team president) and Mardy Lindley (crew chief) have put together the best team for me and given me fast Chevy Accessory Chevrolets at every race.”