PETERBOROUGH, ON- Reigning Peterborough Speedway Thunder Car champion Anthony Dibello opened up his 2015 season in picture perfect fashion, capturing victory in Peterborough’s season opener on May 16th.
“We took a huge swing at this thing after qualifying and it paid off huge,” beamed Dibello post-race. “We struggled with this car in a big way today. All the way through practice and into the heat races – we just couldn’t get it to respond”
“As bad as it was in the heats, we figured we might as well swing for the fences for the feature,” laughed Dibello. “It was either going to be really good or really, really bad”
“Lucky for us, it went in the right direction,” added the second-generation star.
With his first win already under his belt, Dibello is quick to note just how important an early-season trip to victory lane is for his family-run team.
“We really wanted to come out of the gate strong,” explained the Woodville, ON-based driver. “Last season, we started off a little slow and it made chasing points tough. The championship came down to the last race on the last night. This season, the goal is to retain our championship – but we would love to have a little bit of breathing room this time around”
The team will look to improve their ride through the week, as they ready themselves for their second event of 2015 on May 23rd.
“Even though we came home with a win, we didn’t have the speed that I was hoping for,” explained Dibello. “So, we’ll put in a couple long nights in the shop this week and see if we can’t improve for Week 2”
“We changed quite a bit in the front end of this car over the off-season, so now we just need to get it home and find out what’s working and what isn’t”
“Winning opening night is a huge boost of confidence,” continued Dibello. “It’s a lot easier to get the team to put the hours in when you’re making the car faster after a win as opposed to putting the car back together after a wreck.”
Anthony DiBello’s 2015 Peterborough Speedway championship defense would not be possible without the continued support of DiBello Towing, B&G Truck Repair, Race Toyota, Federal Wireless Communications, Giorgio’s Fine Dining, Langille’s Scrap & Cores, Kawartha Lakes Contracting, Country 105, Nick Oram Autobody and MBH Southern Iron.
Fans can stay up to date with Anthony and the rest of the team by visiting the official DiBello Racing page on Facebook.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)