PETERBOROUGH, ON- Thunder Car breakout star Anthony Dibello kept his Peterborough Championship hopes alive on August 9th, overcoming mechanical issues to carve out a 6th place finish.
“This was as hard as we’ve had to work on this car all season”, offered Dibello post-race. “We had motor issues from the moment we pulled the car out of the hauler. We battled through it as best we could, but it was misfiring all night. We’ll need to get it back home and take a good look to understand just what we’re dealing with”
“Tonight was all about salvaging what we could, and making the best of a bad situation”, continued Dibello. “I’m proud of my team, tonight. A 6th place finish is nothing to be ashamed of”
The performance kept Dibello within 5 points of the lead, in the chase for the 2014 Peterborough Speedway Thunder Car championship. Point leader Howie Crowe finished just one spot ahead of Dibello on August 9th.
“I’ve had a tonne of fun racing with Howie this year”, said Dibello. “It seems as though him and I have been side-by-side all season long, so it only makes sense that our points battle will go right down to the wire. We couldn’t have scripted it any better”
“It will go to the last lap, of the last race, of the last night. That’s my prediction. Hopefully it’s us standing with our arms raised when all is said and done”, added the Woodville, ON driver.
With only a handful of points separating the combatants, and 2 points-paying events remaining on the Peterborough Speedway schedule, Dibello remains calm and collected when asked his strategy.
“As a team, what’s most important is to stay focused. In the short term, we’re going to get this car home and take a look under the hood and see what we need to do to fix the engine”
“I’m not worried about the point separation”, shrugged Dibello. “We’re going to get our car faster, and we’re going to aim for a feature win on August 23rd. We have a car and a team capable of winning a championship; we just need to put it all together”
Anthony Dibello and crew will take a well-earned break from competition this week, and return to action with the Peterborough Speedway Thunder Car division on August 23rd. Details for the event, including gate times and ticket prices, can be found at www.PeterboroughSpeedway.com.
Dibello’s 2014 program is fueled by DiBello Towing, Langille’s Scrap, Al Wright Auto Service, Dutchies Reno & More, MBH Southern Iron, Giorgio’s Fine Dining, Country 105, Nick Oram Auto Body, HMC Roofing, Extreme Sound & DJ Services, Kawartha Lakes Contracting and Sheridan Air.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)