WOODVILLE, ON- After a season-long run towards his first career Thunder Car championship, second generation competitor Anthony Dibello will enter the final night of the 2014 season trailing division leader Howie Crowe by a single point.
“August 30th will be the biggest night of my career so far”, offers Dibello. “This is what makes racing great. This level of excitement is exactly what brought me into this sport in the first place”
“The fact that an entire season’s worth of work is going to culminate in a single night is pretty intense”, continues Dibello. “I use that all as motivation. I’ve never been more hungry”
Dibello nearly had his championship hopes taken from him on August 23rd, when a broken right rear shock threatened to end his night with 5-laps remaining in the feature event.
“We had an awesome car Saturday. One of the best cars we’ve had all year, which is great because we’re rebounding from some motor issues we had been working through”, says Dibello.
“I had raced from 7th to 2nd, and on a restart with 5 laps to go, something just didn’t feel right with the car”, continues the Woodville, ON driver. “I was hanging on for dear life. I knew I was ahead of Howie [Crowe] on the track, and if I could finish ahead of him it would close the gap in the points. I just fought the car as best I could, and we were able to hold on for second”
“If I had DNF’d last Saturday, I would be out of the championship battle completely. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good”
Despite the pressure surrounding the final event of the season, Dibello is quick to point out he’s taking it all in stride.
“Don’t get me wrong – I’d love nothing more than to win this championship”, grins Dibello, “but if it’s not meant to be we’ll come back next year and give ’em hell all over again”
“This season has been some of the most fun I’ve ever had at the speedway. I think we have all the tools necessary to clinch the championship this Saturday, but if for whatever reason we don’t, I’m still going to look back on 2014 as a huge success”
Anthony Dibello will look to capture his first career Thunder Car championship this Saturday, August 30th at Peterborough Speedway.
Details, including gate times and ticket prices, can be found at www.PeterboroughSpeedway.com.
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By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)