It was a championship-worthy drive by Timmy Solomito this weekend at Thompson in the World Series 150. The only thing missing, at the end of the day, was the championship.
Solomito’s victory in the season finale was not enough to surpass Doug Coby in the points standings, the No. 16 team coming up just six agonizing points shy of a championship.
“It’s always tough losing,” said Solomito. “But you just keep carrying on. Not much we could do. We raced every race as hard as we could.”
Still, it was a remarkable drive by the Long Island native. The winning car was actually the team’s backup, having needed to be pulled out due to a crash at the very end of final practice. The team did not turn a single lap in race trim until the start of the race itself.
Fortunately, Solomito’s backup car had just as much speed as his primary. But that wasn’t a surprise to him.
“Flamingo [Motorsports] doesn’t really own anything that’s a slouch,” said the 25-year-old. “I knew when we had to go to the backup car, I really wasn’t worried.”
Solomito led all of two laps during the race. They were the two most important. Solomito took the lead on the final restart of the race and held off a strong challenge by pole-sitter Chase Dowling, winning by only half-a-car-length.
There’s plenty of good for Solomito to take from the 2017 Whelen Modified tour season–five wins, 10 top-fives, 11 top-10s, and a second-place points finish.
Next year, Solomito hopes to pick up where the 2017 team left off.
“We left points on the line this year,” said Solomito. “But we learned from it and hopefully next year, we won’t leave any points on the line. If it’s as good as it was [in 2017], and we capitalize on the races that we didn’t do well last year, the champion won’t even have to be named coming into the last race.”
“We kind of let a lot slip away. It’s unfortunate, but we had a strong year. Five wins is nothing to shake our head at… Just proud of the entire team. I’m lucky to be a part of such a great foundation and such a great team.”
Expect Timmy Solomito to be a title contender yet again come 2018.
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