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Credence “Credo” Mott Keeps Busy Both On and Off the Track
Credence Mott is one of many young drivers who stay busy not only on the track, but also in their everyday lives. And like a great deal of drivers who grew up watching their fathers race, he is no different.
“(I) watched Dad race every weekend since I was two-years old,” Mott said.
His dad, Morris, used to race both four-wheelers and mini sprints.
In fact, he credits his dad with being the reason he became interested in racing in the first place. When asked what led him to what to race, he simply responded, “My dad raced.” Both of Mott’s parents and his grandparents can be found in the pit area supporting their favorite driver.
While it is obvious Mott’s dad has had a huge influence on his racing career, he also credits the legendary “Intimidator” Dale Earnhardt as being his favorite driver. He would watch him on television every Sunday.
Mott started racing Mini-Sprints 100 cc’s at tracks including TK Raceway and Marion, Illinois. One of his first memories of his racing career, like a lot of drivers, includes a mishap on the track. “(I) flipped my first time in practice,” he shared.
Once he hit the track running with the Mini-Sprints, it did not take Mott long to pick up his first victory. “(It) was in 1997 or ’98 at Marion, Illinois… I don’t even know, I can’t think back that far,” he laughed. He also ran several National races across the country while in the Mini-Sprint division.
As Mott got older, he wanted something with a little more horsepower. His parents decided to get him into Crate Late Models, figuring they were safer than the mini-sprints. Once again, it did not take him long to pick up his first win which came in a Feature at Paducah International Raceway toward the end of the 2009 season. When asked how he felt when he picked up his first Crate Feature win, he laughed, “(I was) shocked.” He has also picked up Feature wins at Clarksville Speedway and most recently picked up his first win at Camden. Mott still races regularly at both PIR and Clarksville Speedway. He has also raced at Atwood.
When asked where he wants to be in five years with his racing career, Mott said, “(I want to) still be doing it… still around racing.” He also added that he would like to eventually run a Super Late Model. And where does he hope to be in 10 years? “(The) same thing,” he shared. “(I) want to make money to do it… (I’d) like to be a Regional racer… (a) National (racer) would be great,” he added.
Mott not only has a full schedule on the track, but also off the track as well. He is currently half-way through his Junior year at SIU-Carbondale where is majoring in Philosophy. “I would like to either teach or go to Law School,” he shared his aspirations off the track. When he is not racing or going to school, his hobbies include playing guitar and riding four-wheelers.
Mott, who currently resides in his hometown of Vienna, Illinois, has a total of 13 years racing experience. He currently drives the #89 Pro (Crate) Late Model sponsored by Mott Excavating, Diesel Centers of America, Sid Fulton Appliances, Bailey’s Travel, and Odum’s Portable Dyno. For the 2010 season at PIR he had nine Heat wins, 13 Top-10 Feature finishes, 11 Top-five Feature finishes, and three Feature wins, which are some of the highest statistics posted by any driver. He is not only successful at PIR, but also at any other track he runs. He has an additional 10 Feature wins at Clarksville Speedway and one Feature win at Camden. He finished third in Championship points standings at PIR and in the fourth spot at Clarksville Speedway. He is also finished sixth in UMP National points standings.
Credence Mott keeps his schedule full whether he is racing or not. Come to Paducah International Raceway and see him get down to business in his Crate Late Model as he stays on the hunt for another trip to Victory Lane.
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