Mills’ Consistent Pace Nets Driver of the Week

By Clayton Johns

78MillsVL2BRIGHTON (July 23, 2015) – Shelby Mills earned her second win of the season in Comp 4 action at Brighton Speedway last Saturday, also collecting her eighth consecutive top-five finish to start the 2015 season. Those stats combined with her position atop the current point standings amount to her selection as Brighton Speedway driver of the week for July 18.

Mills’ second win of 2015 coincidently came on a night where her father, Bill Mills, was the night’s presenting sponsor as owner of ABC Taxi in the final race of the 2015 ABC Taxi Comp 4 Triple Crown.

“It was priceless to win on a night my dad was able to give me the winner’s plaque,” said Mills.

This is Mills’ fourth season in the Comp 4 division after a short stint in the Stinger division that began in 2010. She admits she didn’t always have a passion for racing, in fact it actually took a bit of ribbing from track promoter Mark Rinaldi to get her in the driver’s seat, but once she got behind the wheel she couldn’t step away.

“I’m pretty sure Mark called me a chicken,” laughed Mills. “I’m the type of person that when I’m told you’re too scared or you can’t do that, I do it anyway.”

78Mills2The driver of the ABC Taxi and Empey Tire sponsored No.78 has had a rebound season after the 2014 campaign didn’t meet the expectations of the team that runs under the name Dirt Fast Racing.

“Last year was probably my worst year. We had a lot of mechanical problems with the car and I think such a rough start to the year threw off my driving,” said Mills. “I was always worried about what was going to happen next.”

Mills approached this season with a new attitude and a determination to improve. With plans of moving up to the Canadian Modified division part-time before season’s end, Mills knew she had to fine-tune her craft.

“I’ve been focusing on improving my skills, listening more to people who give me tips. That’s really been helpful this year,” she said.

The addition of two Dirty Fast Racing teammates this year, Tyler French and Adam Chapman, has meant more fun and increased competition at the track.

“I love it. We’re all teammates off the track and we help each other out. When we’re on the track, it’s everybody for themselves,” Mills explained.

78 Mills profileMills also has another important supporter in her boyfriend and current Pro Stock point leader, Justin Ramsay.

“Justin is very helpful. Every time I get out of the car he tells me what I did right and shows me things I can do better,” she added.

During the winter following the 2014 season, Mills purchased the Canadian Modified car formerly driven by Zac McBride. She plans to compete in the car a couple of times before the season is out, but only after getting some laps

“My plan is to get some laps under my belt first and get a bit of a handle on it on my own before I go out there with the other guys,” said Mills. “Next year I will just be racing the modified.”

The team may also hire a more experienced driver for the crown jewel of the Canadian Modified season in September, the Danny Reid Memorial, to help ensure the car is setup properly for Mills’ first full season in 2016.

Mills, however, hopes that in time she will be able to turn some heads behind the wheel of a purpose-built racecar.

“I really want to go out there and do something where other people say, “wow, she can race”,” said Mills.

Many heads have already swiveled and taken notice of the young driver whose racing future seems so bright.

Mills thanked her dedicated 2015 sponsors which, she says, are the only reason she has had so much success in the Comp 4 division, including ABC Taxi, Dibbits Excavating, KD Transmission, Empey Tire, RC Autobody, Stix and Stones Billiards, Mikes Fries, C.Smith Machine Shop and Hotch’s Auto Parts.

With her much anticipated modified debut on the horizon, Mills also recognized the corporate supporters of her Canadian Modified endeavor, which include KD Transmission, ABC Taxi, Empey Tire, C.Smith Machine Shop and Rest Easy Home Inspections.

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Brighton Speedway’s 2015 season is proudly supported by the following corporate sponsors: ABC Taxi, Adecco, AeCON, Bay Marine, Belleville Bulls, Bellevue Fabricating Ltd., Benson Auto Parts, Bill’s Johns, Breeze 107.9, Brighton Automotive, Brighton Recycling, Campbellford Chrysler, Canadian National Autism Foundation, Coca-Cola, Comfort Zone Heating & Air Conditioning, Cool 100, Deerhaven Farm and Garden, Dibbits Excavating, Electro Cables, Excel Tower Service, Extreme Rush Adventures, Gord’s Water, Greig Truck & Trailer, Humber Nurseries, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, Motorsport Designs, Investor’s Group, John’s Equipment, JJ Stewart Motors, Kellogg Belleville, Lange & Fetter Ford, Lucas Oil, McDougall Insurance and Financial, Monster Energy, Mystical Distributing, NOCO Fuels, OilGARD Anti-Rust, Owasco RV, Part Source, Quinte Septic, Rapid Rad, Rock 107, Rona Trenton, Sanderson Tire and Automotive, Small Engine Fuels, Star 93.3, Stoneridge Specialty Insurance, Town and Country Liquidation, TRS Communications, 95.5 Hits FM, UCB Radio Canada, Ultramar CST, Workman’s OK Tire, Vanderlaan Building Products. VanZuylen Tire, and VP Racing Fuels.

About Brighton Speedway: Brighton Speedway is a 1/3-mile clay stock car racing oval located on the shores of Lake Ontario in Brighton, Ont. The speedway hosts five weekly stock car divisions on Saturday nights from May to September. The weekly Pro Late Model division competes under RUSH Late Model Series sanctioning.  

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Media Contact: Clayton Johns

Photo Credit: Rod Henderson

Photo Credit: Jim Clarke/Clarke Motorsports Communication