I wanted to do a personal post regarding our first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race of the year. It has been just over a week now from the race and I am itching to get back in the car. Our next race is not until April 14 at Bristol Motor Speedway, one of my favorite race tracks, so you can imagine how anxious I am.
Reflecting back upon our weekend at New Smyrna Speedway, I would say that we started off on a good note and showed that we will definitely be a contender this year. We unloaded fast and made gains all weekend long. I was content with our qualifying results and thought we had a strong run going in the beginning of the race. We were running in third behind last year's East series champion and two-time West series champion who both have a lot of seat time in these cars. I had learned a lot throughout the whole weekend, especially racing with those with more experience. The car faded on us and we fell out of the top three, then just outside the top five as the race progressed. We then got caught up in an on track incident on lap 133 causing enough damage that forced us to retire from the race. Not completing the first race is tough to swallow, especially since it puts us in a little bit of a hole as far as our championship run goes. However, we learned quite a bit as a team throughout the weekend and can definitely build off of it. I know the crew is already looking forward to the next one just as I am and they have been working hard in the shop.
Based on my time in the shop and at our first race, I really enjoy working with the crew I have for this season. I have confidence leading into the remainder of the season. I want to thank you all for your support and those who have helped make this possible.
Hi everyone, I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 2017 was a great year for me on and off the race track. I learned a lot, made many memories, and formed many new relationships. I just got back to North Carolina and am starting my second semester at school this coming week. I have been working hard on my 2018 plans and am looking forward to having an announcement to share with you in the coming weeks. I want to thank you all for your support and am looking forward to taking on 2018 with you. Sincerely, Anthony
"Hi everyone, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend and enjoyed spending time with your families. Our season ended a little over a week ago at Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It was unfortunate that our shot at the win was taken away by a mechanical failure, but those things happen in racing and all you can do is use it as motivation for the next race. It was the last way the team and I wanted to end the season but to have a strong run going in one of the biggest races of the year is something I am proud of. We definitely had a great year overall. There were both good days and bad days but we always improved and grew tremendously. To win three races, finish in the top five 14 times and the top ten 22 times shows our consistency. Also, to compete for a championship in the most competitive late model stock car touring series and come out second in points is most definitely an exceptional performance. I am grateful for my parents, family, partners and JR Motorsports for making this race season a reality for me. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue a career in my passion. It has been amazing to help raise awareness for Type 1 Diabetes with JDRF and work with Ceco Building Systems this year. It has also been awesome to work with JR Motorsports. I have had so many great experiences helping out in the shop, working with the employees in the "front office", and of course at the track with the late model team. Everyone has been so welcoming and fun to work with. It was really cool to work alongside Josh Berry as a teammate since he is someone I have always respected as a racer. I am also very appreciative of the hard work and dedication of my crew chief, Bryan Shaffer, and my car chief, Steven Civitarese. I am so thankful for the help of everyone this year. I have learned so much on and off the race track. Additionally, we have been working hard on making plans for 2018 and I am looking forward to what opportunities await. Lastly, I want to thank all of you for your support. I hope we can continue on this journey to the top together."
Hi everyone, I hope all is well and you are enjoying the last few days of warmer weather as we transition to fall and then full-blown winter strikes. We just wrapped up the final race of the CARS Tour last Saturday night at South Boston Speedway in Virginia. We finished ninth in the race and wound up second overall in the championship standings to my JR Motorsports teammate Josh Berry. We did all we could in the race but unfortunately we still needed a few more points to have won it ourselves. It was a lot of fun competing throughout the CARS Tour this season. The series has done a great job by making the it one of the most competitive in Late Model Stock Car racing with good car counts on a regular basis. As a rookie in the series and in my first year working with JR Motorsports, I am happy with our results and consistency throughout the year. I feel we have grown a lot and that we can apply that in this final stretch of races coming up. It would have been great for us to win the championship, but to still finish first and second as a team is pretty cool. It feels good to have competed with veterans like Josh who have had so much experience and success in these cars all year. I am thankful for the help of everyone at JR Motorsports and the crew's hard work to keep us in contention all year. I also am grateful for the support of my family, partners and of course, you fans. We still have a few more races left before the season is over. The next race is the Fall Brawl at Hickory Motor Speedway this Saturday night. Hickory is one of my favorite race tracks and one we have performed well at so hopefully we can have a strong run. Talk to you soon!
Hi everyone, welcome to my new website. I appreciate you checking it out and hope you like it as much as I do. This is where I will be making blog posts regularly. It will not just be limited to racing related topics, but other "life things" as well. Feel free to navigate around the website. It may be my own, but I still explore all the different sections because I am super happy with how it came out. Thanks again for your support. It's time for me to get back to work now that I am a full-time college student. Talk to you soon!