MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – With the Southeast Limited Late Model Series Pro division championship now in hand, Anthony Alfredo is returning to Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina this weekend to run an even bigger race.
The 17-year-old Connecticut racer will climb back into the Lee Faulk Racing Flyin’ 5 to compete for the $10,000 top prize in the NASCAR Late Model portion of the Myrtle Beach 400.
The 225-lap race Alfredo will be attempting to run will feature some of the top late model competitors in the Southeast, including 2014 NASCAR National Champion Anthony Anders, Martinsville Speedway winner Tommy Lemons, Jr., 2016 North Carolina state Rookie of the Year Ryan Millington and over 40 other racers from throughout the region and beyond.
If he’s at all nervous about this weekend, the personable young driver surely isn’t showing it.
“I am looking forward to the Myrtle Beach 400 this weekend,” he said. “Coming into this race fresh off of winning a championship gives the team and I a lot of confidence. We also had a good car last weekend there so that will help us heading into this weekend as we will have a solid place to start as far as setup goes.”
“This is going to be the most competitive field of cars I have raced against so far, which has me very excited. It will be a really long race and we will just have to qualify well to get a good starting spot and then go from there. Saving tires will be key, especially in the second portion of the race. The first part of the race we will have to save but also race hard to get into a good position for the last half. Mike will be running the race too which will be fun because I have never raced him before. Now that we are done with the points racing, we can go into this race and do what we need to do to try and win it.”
Those who suggest his lack of late model experience may hold him back would be wise to not sell him or this team short. They went to Hickory Motor Speedway to race with the CARS Tour a few weeks ago for the first time, and Anthony finished in the top ten despite having been collected in an early-race crash that damaged the nose of his racer and cost him speed throughout the remainder of the event.
“We definitely had a top three to five car at that race had I not messed up my first qualifying lap and put us too far back to start with and then got caught up in the wreck,” Anthony stated. “The speed was definitely there. I really need to say thank you to my family, my marketing partners and everyone at Lee Faulk Racing for believing in me and working so hard all year. I feel no sense of pressure going into this weekend, except that which I normally put on myself to be and do my best. I’m ready to get back in the car and go race!”
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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.