ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series driver Timmy Solomito has entered into the NAPA Know How weekend, Jan. 26-27, at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
“I had a good car last year, but to be honest, the driver struggled,” Solomito said.
“With a year of experience behind me, and a different car to drive, I’m sure I can make the Gambler’s Classic field. Then I’ll see what I can do.”
For the Classic, Solomito will drive a Mark Lafler chassis outfitted with a Dave Pippard built engine. The car is an upstate New York piece owed by Joe Brainard. It’s the same car that Tommy Catalano nearly won with in 2017 in the Indoor Auto Racing Series feature at Allentown, Pa.
“I look at running TQs indoors as a way of staying sharp, getting the rust off before the outdoor season starts,” Solomito offered. “Last year was a little frustrating. This year will be much better.”
Part of Solomito’s enthusiasm comes from his longtime friend and competitor Justin Bonsignore’s recent indoor win in Allentown, Pa. earlier this month. Bonsignore had never won an Indoor race before.
Nevertheless, the prestigious Gambler’s Classic is a difficult race to win. In fifteen previous runnings, only eight men have won the race. Only one of them, the late Ted Christopher, was a rival of Solomito’s on the NASCAR Modified Touring Series circuit.
Solomito won five NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events in 2017 and finished second in points. Bonsignore was third in the standings.
The quest for victory in the prestigious Gambler’s Classic will begin when the NAPA Know How weekend begins on Friday, Jan. 26, with TQ Midgets racing in four 20 lap events that will determine the front end of the starting lineup for Saturday’s Gambler’s Classic.
The unpredictable Slingshots and agile Champ Karts will also run Friday night events that set their grids for Saturday.
NAPA Know How Weekend moves into high gear on Saturday, Jan. 27 with the running of the 16th annual Gambler’s Classic TQ Midget 40-lap main event. Champ Karts and Slingshots will run 25-lap features on Saturday.