b'RACERPROFILEMITCHELL MCKINNEY: FROM THE CLASSROOM TO THE RACE TRACKNumerous racers have come fromMy students always ask me about the classroom to race track, Mitchellmy racing results, Mitchell McKinney McKinney, considers himself one ofsaid. They think racing is coolthe fortunate teachers to share theand enjoy it when I bring inprofession in having summers off towinning trophies. live out his passion of racing.His job as a physical education The Newland, N.C., native, who earned his degree atteacher helps him on the track. Involved in sports his Appalachian State University, spends his weekdays aswhole life, he feels being in shape allows him to stay a physical education teacher at Avery Middle School infocused on cutting good lights.McKinneys goal is to Newland and owns an auto detailing business. be a great bracket racer and his focus on improvement comes in terms of mental focus and finishing the race at However, on the weekend McKinney is a serious racerthe finish line. who claimed the Wilkesboro track championship in2018 in the Top class along with an invite to theMcKinney got his start in racing after he and his father International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) SummitClyde McKinney hung out at Wilkesboro Dragway while SuperSeries World Finals.he was in high school.His father bought a 1969 Chevelle26'