Jimmy Broderick Scores Great Finishes, Gains Experience at Rumble in Fort Wayne
BROOKFIELD, CONN. -- January 3 -- Jimmy "Bubba" Broderick took his Lou Cicconi-owned Midget to Fort Wayne, Indiana for the 2007 Rumble in Fort Wayne and came back with a pair of strong finishes.
With the intent simply of taking the Lou Cicconi-owned car to Fort Wayne in preparation for the Jan. 18-19 Atlantic City Indoor Race at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. "That's the next race we go to," said Broderick. "We made the A-Main last year with a dirt car. The car we ran at Fort Wayne is the same car I'll drive in Atlantic City. This car is built specifically for this kind of track," he added.
Broderick's race weekend was better than they had hoped: "we time trialed twelfth and won the heat Friday," reported the teen driver on the Friday night Three-Quarter Midget program. "It was a very exciting night. We arrived there not knowing anything about the car or the track. I just wanted to run decent." And run decent he did, finishing a good third place in his first race at the track in that car.
Saturday's Midget show started just as well as Friday, with a third- place time trials result and a second-place finish in the heat race. Before the feature race, his team owner "blocked" the rear suspension, setting it up for the longer runs and moving the axle back slightly. "Nobody saw that the spring was hitting the birdcage so all the weight wanted to shift to the back," described Jimmy. The handling of the car was shifted far toward oversteer and he spent most of the night dirt- tracking the car on a paved track, spinning out once on his way to a ninth-place finish. "The car was nowhere near the right setup, but I'm happy. I'm that much better for the Gambler's Classic in Atlantic City," he concluded, noting that many observers had commented on his obvious talent in coping with the ill-handling car.
Broderick is being helped in his career by training from Future Stars in Racing Academy.