LUCAMA, N.C. – 17-year-old Connecticut racer Anthony Alfredo dropped South one last time for the 2016 racing season to spend his Thanksgiving weekend doing what he loves most.
The Southeast Limited Late Model Series Pro division champion made his super late model debut for Lee Faulk Racing at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina and finished eighth.
Alfredo was happy with the way the weekend went, knowing that an early-race situation he couldn’t avoid may have cost him an even better result.
“I’d raced at Southern National in a NASCAR-type late model but this was my first time with the super late model, which is a very different type of chassis built to turn better with higher horsepower, so it drives much differently,” Anthony said. “I looked forward to the weekend and believed that we had the capability of running in the top five.”
“After making some adjustments to the car in practice to improve its handling in the center of the corner I could begin to fine tune my driving since the super is completely different than a late model stock. We qualified 6th on Saturday afternoon for Sunday’s race. I ran a good lap, especially for my first time qualifying a super. It is like being on ice with the sticker tires during qualifying. Way worse than when qualifying a regular late model stock.”
” I also was the first to go out to qualify, which isn’t always the best since there isn’t much heat in the track. We weren’t far off from the top three and I ran faster than I did previously so we were happy with that. On Sunday for the race we just wanted to run a clean race, finish well and complete all 125 laps.”
“We got stuck on the outside for a little while on the start. I started getting the hang of it by the time the first caution came out. I was running in the top five at that point and fell back a spot or two saving a little more. The next caution that came out we picked up the pace and were running in the top five again but the car in front of me got really loose out of four and almost turned around. I had to check up but couldn’t pull out to go around him because I had a car right on my bumper and I didn’t want to pull out the same way he went and put myself in a bad situation. That made us lose a couple spots and a lot of distance from the front runners.”
“We were able to keep going and come out with an eighth place finish. I learned a lot and we were able to end the season on a good note. I want to thank my parents for making this possible for me, my marketing partners for supporting me, and Lee Faulk Racing for all their hard work this year. We’re already working on putting together our plans for 2017. We hope to have some announcements shortly.”
For more information about the Thanksgiving Classic, visit the track’s website at www.snmpark.com .
Follow Anthony on Facebook by searching ” Anthony Alfredo Racing” or visit his website at www.anthonyalfredo.com .
About Anthony Alfredo
Anthony began his racing career at age six in go-karts. He raced both oval and road courses with equal success and multiple trips to victory lane.
He took some time off of racing to play other sports before returning to the wars at age 15 in a legends car, where North Carolina-based late model stock car development team Lee Faulk Racing saw him and offered him an opportunity in their program.
In his first season of late model racing with Faulk in 2015, Anthony posted 15 top tens, 7 top fives, 3 top threes and a win in 16 starts.
He has returned to Faulk Racing for 2016 running a combination of limited late model and late model stock races (a carburetor change is the major difference between the two distinctions of class). He has one win already in limited plus the Southeast Limited Late Model Series Pro division championship and has been competitive in the late model stock division as well.
His marketing partners include Equicycle, Blackgate Farm and ASDC.