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Nick Sanchez Moving Up Racing Ladder with D4D, Rev Racing

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As more and more young stars advance through the ranks of NASCAR, sometimes, it’s the quiet ones you have to watch.

Nick Sanchez, who will move up to full-time late model racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for Rev Racing in 2018, hails from Florida and prefers to make the most noise on the racetrack. This is where the racecar naturally sends that rush of adrenaline broader than any lengthy conversation.

Sanchez got his start racing go-karts and has since been participating in the 2017 Drive for Diversity combine hosted by Rev Racing. During this time, the 16-year-old has gained a new appreciation for the behind-the-scenes workings that go into becoming a racecar driver.

“Im really excited to be here,” Sanchez said. “I’m learning a lot about media and all the inner-works of NASCAR that I dont really get to see.”

In the last year, Sanchez has added a few new things to his racing resume, spanning from the U.S. Legend Car Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway to testing super late models at Hickory and New Smyrna.

However, it all started with his first test in a Legend Car in October of 2016.

“That pretty much gave me a foundation,” he said of his first laps in a racecar. “It was a big stepping stone, considering I had only been in a kart. It really helped me see everything that a car would give me pretty much.”

With the hefty jump from road courses to the quarter-mile Charlotte oval, the biggest difficulty was more the car than the track type, Sanchez said.

“To be honest, the oval wasnt the hard part,” he explained. “To me, it was probably getting familiar with the car and setting it up at different times of the day in different scenarios and getting it ready to race. That was something I usually didnt do in karts.”

Making his first laps in a late model in August, Sanchez said the it’s been “a great jump so far” having to learn a whole new racing beast toward a full-time effort in 2018.

“It’s been a good transition so far,” he said. “I’ve been learning how to manage longer races. I think Im going to adjust perfect.”

Like every young driver, Sanchez has relied on support to advance his way up the racing ladder. It all starts from the family.

“Theyve been the most supportive parents Ive ever seen,” he said. “Not just them but my littler sisters, grandparents. Every race, they attend with me. It’s just crazy.”

And with All-American Series competition the horizon, Sanchez has found mentors with series regulars Chase and Collin Cabre, who each will return full-time in the K&N Pro Series East for Rev Racing in 2018.

“Theyve given me the utmost support,” he said. “Every session, they help me and help me. Even competing against them, they provide great amount of help. They’ve been big mentors. Especially Collin, he was my driver development coach throughout the summer. He’s been a really big help, providing the right support for me.”

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About Zach Catanzareti

Zach Catanzareti serves as a Contributing Writer in the NASCAR department for Rubbings Racing and can be followed on Twitter (@zachracing) for the latest NASCAR updates. A native of Easton, Pennsylvania, he also follows IndyCar and Formula 1.

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