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Zack Miracle
Zack Miracle waits in staging to practice for the Little Gator Motorsports INEX Legend Cars Winter Nationals at Citrus County Speedway Tuesday. He drove off to win his first-ever Pro division win that day. KIMBERLY KELLY/FOR THE CHRONICLE

Practice Makes a Perfect Miracle 13-Year-Old Takes Pro Event Flag-to-Flag

Zack Miracle

Kimberly Kelly
For the Chronicle

Zack Miracle made round two of the Little Gator Motorsports Legends Cars Winter Nationals at Citrus County Speedway look easy as he drove off to a wire-to-wire win in the Pro division.

Zack Miracle

This is the third year of Winter National competition for the 13-year-old out of North Carolina. In 2018 he finished runner-up to Landon Rapp in the Bandolero Bandits division with one win, four top three, and one top 10 finish. Last year, Miracle moved up to Legends Cars Young Lions Division where he earned one top three and one top 10 finish.

“Last year I didn’t do too good,” he said of his efforts at the Winter National event. It was my first time in Legends Cars.”

That was the starting to point to what turned out to be a successful year.

Zack Miracle

According to Miracle, he won 20 of the 45 races he competed in throughout the East Coast and Texas. It was what he needed to win the 2019 Young Lion National Championship. This year, Miracle turned his focus on the Legends Cars Pro class, one that is full of both new and experienced drivers. Competition is stout in the Pro division with drivers who have a lot more experience in the class.

“Everyone in the Pro division is capable of winning,” he said. “They are really fast, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Braden Langille won the first event of the week over Chris Lilly. Miracle started that race on the outside pole after a second place qualifying effort. He found himself third by the end of 25-laps, 1.606 second behind the winner.

With one race under his belt, Miracle focused on practice sessions to improve his performance.

Throught the week he has utilized nearly every practice session available to him to prepare for competition in the Pro division.

“We’re really happy with the results we’ve been getting,” he said of those efforts.

Zack Miracle

Miracle went in the week’s second event on the pole after setting the divisions’a fast time of 14.806 seconds on the ¼-mile oval. It ws his first-ever win in the division. Right from the start Miracle showed that he was there to win and pulled to a comfortable lead over the 14-car field. Braden Langille followed Miracle’s lead and pulled to a car-length from the rear decklid of Miracle’s No. 32 race car before Miracle was able to power away from the second-place finisher.

“I knew we were pretty equal there at the end,” Zack Miracle said. “I just had to keep it smooth and I knew we’d walk away.”

Miracle did just that and pulled to a 0.472 second advantage over second place Langille at the finish. Behind the pair at the line were William Cox III, JD Canipe and Caleb Heady, respectively.

“It’s really big being only my second ever Pro race,” Zack Miracle said.

Tuesday’s win put Miracle on track to meet his goal of two or three trips to victory lane and a possible Winter National championship.

And with three more races before Friday’s award ceremony he knows what he has to do to succeed.

“I have to work hard and drive fast,” he said. “I just need to treat it like a normal race and I will be just fine.”

Kimberly Kelly covers race action at Citrus County Speedway for the Citrus County Chronicle. This article appeared Wednesday, February 12, 2020.