Talladega: Chase Mattioli preview

Mattioli, Gaining in Points Battle & Experience, Heads to Talladega Bronx, NY (4-22-10): Consistent finishes in the first four events of the 2010 ARCA Racing Series has allowed Chase Mattioli to move up 13 positions in the championship ...

Mattioli, Gaining in Points Battle & Experience, Heads to Talladega

Bronx, NY (4-22-10): Consistent finishes in the first four events of the 2010 ARCA Racing Series has allowed Chase Mattioli to move up 13 positions in the championship point's battle. Now 15th in points, a good finish this Friday at Talladega, could move Chase into the top 10.

2010 is the 1st time that Chase is running the entire ARCA schedule. In 2008 he competed in 5 events and 7 last year. The big difference this year is that Chase has been able to finish every race that he has started for Belmont Racing.

"I have been very impressed with Chase from the start of the season and each race he keeps getting better and better," commented team owner, Andy Belmont. "Last week he had himself in position for a top ten finish at Texas, but a sway bar broke. He used his head and brought the car home in one piece."

"The weekend before at Salem he tagged the wall during practice, tearing up the back of the car. The team worked for hours getting the car ready for the race and Chase was right there with them helping to put it back together. In the race the car was not picking up fuel in the corners. He did not panic but kept digging until we got it fixed and then he turned lap times as fast as the leaders. The kid may be a NY college student, but he is a real racer that's not afraid to get his hands dirty. He wants to learn and I am proud and excited to be a part of his progress," Belmont concluded.

This will be Chase's 2nd visit to the super high bank of Talladega. Last year he turned heads, qualifying 10th with an average speed of 184.786. He got as high as 5th before the engine overheated putting him out of the race.

"I spotted for Chase in his very 1st ARCA race in 2008 at Salem, and I am glad to be back with him this season, commented Chase's spotter, Charlie Vest. "When it comes to listening to me Chase is like a totally focused robot behind the wheel, but at the same time he has a natural talent to anticipate things before I see them. He has come a long way since that 1st race in Salem 2 years ago. The only thing I would like to change is the fact that he likes to sing during cautions. He has a great future as a driver but he will never make it as a singer," Vest concluded.

Mattioli, a sophomore at Fordham University in the Bronx, and the first driver out of New York City since the 70's, will be piloting his #14 Andy Belmont Ford, sponsored by Joinaps.com and Big Machine Records.

-source: chase mattioli racing

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Series ARCA
Drivers Andy Belmont , Chase Mattioli , Charlie Vest