By: Ashley McCubbin
Growing up, Nick Sanchez loved anything that went fast, and told his parents he wanted to go racing. Not knowing anyone in the sport or having experience, they searched where to begin.
The Floridan got behind the wheel of a go-kart at Homestead, and has not looked back since. Making his way up the ranks, Sanchez in the midst of first full campaign in ARCA Menards Series competition.
“I think we’ve definitely been unlucky in many instances – Daytona, Phoenix, so the points standings show we’re behind,” he told NEWS FROM THE PITS. “We’re really not halfway there; we’re starting to hit on all cylinders as a team.”
Following a pair of finishes worse than 20th to start the year, Sanchez has placed ninth or better in the six events since, including three podiums.
“I think we’ve just worked out all the kinks,” he commented. “Initially, we had – not at Phoenix, but more so at Kansas and Toledo. It’s me getting more experience and my team working better with the cars that we have, and me being on attack.”
With finding consistency, the goal is to now lead laps, and ultimately score his first career series victory.
“I think we’re really going to need to dig hard and try and beat the 18 (Ty Gibbs) really,” he commented. “I think we’re as good or better than the Venturini cars, so I have my eyes set on the 18 and just being aggressive like I was Charlotte and those restarts. Just hoping for a late-race restart and just pounce on him.”
As far as where the victory could come, the door is wide open as Sanchez is excited for the entire second half of the season.
“I mean, I think I tell everyone this – as far as short tracks, tracks like Michigan, intermediate tracks like Iowa – they’re all so exciting, even Watkins Glen being a road course,” he said. “So I think the rest of the schedule is spot on and just hits all strides of racing whether dirt, short track, I mean technically a superspeedway in Michigan, so I’m looking forward to every race track. Anytime I’m in a racecar, I’m happy.”
Notably, most of these facilities he has not been too, increasing the challenge ahead of him. That’s why he’s been leaning on former Rev Racing team manager Jefferson August who now works for Team Penske, utilizing the footage and notes from him.
Leaning on the Cup teams is just the beginning for Sanchez, as he says five years in the road, he hopes to be at the premiere level of motorsports.
“I mean, I’ll be honest, I’d like to be in the Cup Series,” he commented. “I want to compete at the highest level and that’d be the Cup Series.”