WOODVILLE, ON- Second-generation Thunder Car competitor Anthony Dibello is set to return to competition at Peterborough Speedway this Saturday, August 9th. After leading the Thunder Car point standings for almost the entirety of the season, Dibello now finds himself trailing fellow championship contender Howie Crowe by 3 points with only 3 events remaining.
“This is definitely gut check time”, comments Dibello, “it’s all on the line, now. We’ve had a great season so far, but it’ll mean that much more if we can sew this championship up”
The Woodville, ON wheelman has 3 feature victories this season, and has yet to finish outside of the top-5 in his race for the 2014 division title.
“Consistency has been everything for us this year”, says Dibello. “We’ve had some fantastic runs – 3 wins in a season is incredible – but the top-3s and top-5s have really been the difference makers”
“I feel as though the Peterborough Thunder Car division is way underrated. There’s a lot of really talented drivers here, and if you’re not on you’re A-Game every Saturday, you’ve got no chance”
Though Dibello is deep in the hunt for his first career championship, he notes that he’s still taking time to enjoy the experience and soak it all in.
“I’m making sure that I enjoy it all”, explains the former Mosport Speedway regular. “This is why we worked so hard during the off-season. This is why we put in all the hours in the shop during the week. You have to remind yourself of that. Because if you’re not having fun, it’s not a whole lot different than having a job”
When asked about Crowe, it’s clear Dibello has nothing but respect for his championship rival.
“Howie’s an incredible driver with a top notch program. To be able to race back and forth with a guy like Howie acts as somewhat of a measuring stick for our own team. We know that we’re heading in the right direction when we’re able to race alongside guys like him”
“It’s an honour to battle with him, but it would be an ever greater honour to beat him”, continues Dibello. “This is as close as I’ve ever been to the division championship; I plan on doing whatever I have to do to keep it from slipping through my fingers. This team is definitely not afraid of a little hard work”
Dibello’s 2014 program is made possible thanks to the support of 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.
For details, including gate times and ticket prices, for Peterborough Speedway’s August 9th event, visit www.PeterboroughSpeedway.com.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)