Saturday, March 30, 2019

Gio Bromante Survives Late Race Crash to Win 2nd Southern Super Series Race in a Row

Anthony Campi Racing team owner, Anthony Campi, stands proudly in victory lane with 15 year old Gio Bromante after Bromante wins his second Super Late Model race in a row, and first at Five Flags Speedway on March 29, 2019. (Daniel Vining/PixelatedSPEED)

By: Daniel Vining, Twitter: @danielvining

PENSACOLA, Florida (March 30, 2019) -- Two weekends ago, Giovanni Bromante burst onto the Super Late Model scene with a breakout win in the 43rd Annual Rattler 250 in Opp, Alabama. Fast forward to Friday night, and the 15 year old finds himself once again in victory lane, this time at Five Flags Speedway in the Blizzard Series opening SERF 100, round two of the 2019 Southern Super Series season.

Reaching victory lane meant overcoming a late race crash that wiped out the top four, then passing another eight cars to get to the lead.

“I just went into turn one, I knew there was something wrong up the track,” he said. “I just went in on my line then I started to turn around. I kept on the throttle so I wouldn’t flat spot the tires and that really paid off. I didn't have a lot of tire to begin with, but we came in and made a change to the rear of the car and it really helped. It wasn’t a loose and I was actually better than before we came in. We picked off eight cars and wound up in victory lane.”

Casey Roderick took 37 laps to find his way to the front and looked to be the car to beat on the night, with Connor Okrzesik a close second.

That all changed on lap 84 when Steven Davis began dropping fluid from the rear end of his machine.

Jett Noland, following behind Davis, hit the fluid sending him spinning in turns one and two just as the leaders came speeding through. Roderick went high, making heavy contact with Nolland. Okrzesik followed suit, also making contact. The crash also claimed third place Chris Davidson and fourth place Gio Bromante.

This left a brand new top five, with fast qualifier Logan Boyett on the point for the restart. Boyett just didn’t have the car he needed to maintain the top spot, and quickly began to drift backwards, surrendering the lead to Lucas Jones, who had started the race from the pole thanks to the dice roll invert.

It wasn’t long, however, before Bromante was on the tail of the leader, having darted through the field on the restart.

A final caution flew after several cars in toward the back of the field tangled in turn one. This set up a dash the finish.

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On the final restart, Jones heavily spun his tires, fish tailing down the front stretch, but somehow how saved his machine and held on to the second spot as Bromante rocked away for the win.
Team owner Anthony Campi was all smiles in victory lane after a job well done by his driver.

“He did a great job,” siad Campi. “We unloaded with a really good car, but just struggled in qualifying. We were really optimistic going into the race. Just kept him calm and saved the tires. We probably had a third place car there at the end, but we spun in that oil, so we came in a pitted and made the most of it.”

“He’s really good, really aggressive,” he added. He does what we tell him to and he learns every race and its just showing… he’s going to be a super star. He’s going to make it in the sport and I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

For his effort, Bromante is now a two-time winner in the Southern Super Series in only his second Super Late Model start. He is also the Southern Super Series points leader.

“It’s another dream come true,” said Bromante. “I never thought I’d be in victory lane again so soon. These guys just gave such a great car for the whole race and we just work so great together as a team that and just can’t thank them enough for giving me such a great car.”

The next opportunity for Bromante and the stars of the Southern Super Series comes on May 4th at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in a combo event with the CRA Super Series and CARS Super Late Model Tour.


1. Gio Bromante
2. Lucas Jones
3. Kyle Plott
4. Trey Bayne
5. Dennis Prunty
6. Jesse Dutilly
7.Jeremy Pate
8. Logan Boyett
9.Anthony Sergi
10. Joe Aramendia
11. Ryan Herbert
12. Chris Davidson
13. Kyle Bryant
14. Casey Roderick
15. Connor Okrzesik
16. Steven Davis
17. Jeff Batten
18. Roger Reuse

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