LONDON, ON- Delaware Speedway Late Model champion Matt Pritiko will return from a two-week hiatus to compete at Flamboro Speedway’s Oktoberfest Classic on Saturday, October 4th. The event, highlighted by a 100-lap A Main, will serve as the final round of the Delaware-Flamboro co-promoted APC Six Pack Series.
The event carries added weight for Pritiko, who will enter the weekend just 2-points back of APC Six Pack Series points leader Mark Watson.
“The APC Six Pack Series has worked out great for everyone involved”, says Pritiko. “The two tracks working together has been something fans and drivers have wanted for a long time, and the racing that’s come from it has been awesome”
“The points are as tight as they’ve been all season”, continues Pritiko. “There are 3 of us that could easily walk out with the championship. It all depends on where we cross the line on Saturday. It might make for a few tense moments on race day, but I guarantee it’s going to be a phenomenal show for the fans”
Though Pritiko had only raced at Flamboro once prior to the 2014 season, the former Grand Am Series star has made quite an impression at the 1/3-mile oval.
“We’ve had some awesome runs at Flamboro this season”, explains Pritko. “Delaware’s our home track, but Flamboro has turned into one of our favourites in a hurry. It’s a driver’s track, that’s for sure. It’s not the easiest place to pass, and you can definitely burn your equipment up here if you’re not careful. I love it”
This season alone, Pritiko won the speedway’s Grisdale Triple Crown championship – after winning Rounds 1 and 2 of the three-race series – and finished within the top-3 in the first two APC Six Pack Series events that Flamboro hosted in May and July.
“There’s certainly a familiarity that we’ve been able to develop at Flamboro”, says Pritiko. “We’ve got a great program for Flamboro, and every time we leave here the notebook gets a little thicker and we get a little stronger”
“Hopefully we can utilize all the experience we’ve built up this season, and turn that into a feature win and a championship on Saturday night”
Despite all the success Pritiko has experienced in 2014, he’s most looking forward to redeeming himself after a frustrating effort at Delaware’s ‘Great Canadian Race’ on September 20th. After striking the wall in practice, Pritiko did his best to limp home with an 11th place finish.
“That race beat me up”, admits Pritiko. “It took a few days to get over that one. It really just goes to show how a relatively small mistake can make a big impact on race day. We got into the wall a little in practice, and from that moment on the car was never really the same”
“I’ve been counting the days until I can get back on track and atone for that one”, continues Pritiko. “My guys work way too hard on this car for me to not make up for that performance. We’ll be unloading at Flamboro ready to race for the win”
Details for this weekend’s event can be found at www.FlamboroSpeedway.net.
Matt Pritiko’s 2014 season is fueled by Global Warranty, Toyota Town, Palasad: London’s Best Entertainment & Eatery, Serengeti Sunglasses, AQUAhydrate, NAPA Certified Body Shop, Cadillac Industrial Cleaning, Driven Steering Wheels, Burwell Auto Body, SellToWin.com, Snap’d London and In2Communications.
Fans can follow along with Matt’s pre-race preparations via his Matt Pritiko Motorsports page on Facebook, or on Twitter @MattPritiko and be sure to visit the brand new www.MattPritiko.com.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)