Former dirt racer Brandon Grosso made sure if he was going to go pavement racing, he was going to do it right. Just a few months after pairing up with Myatt Snider Racing for his Late Model Stock Car debut, the Belle Mead, New Jersey teenager is headed to Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) for the Short Track U.S. Nationals on May 21-22.
“I’m excited for Bristol because of all history and all the talent that has raced there. It’s also a big event for us which pushes everyone to be their best to qualify into the race,” Grosso told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “Racing at Bristol will be a very big challenge for everyone having it be the first Late Model race there in a while and having five divisions there adding up to over 500 cars. Knowing that not everyone will qualify puts a lot of pressure on the drivers. Overall, I’m very excited.”
Bristol is just one of the many challenges the 16-year old driver will face this season. Despite his age, he has the statistics to prove he is more than capable.
At a young age, Grosso’s achievements within the dirt ranks are impressive.
He was the 2016 Champion in the Crate Sportsman Division at three different tracks; New Egypt Speedway, Big Diamond Speedway and Bridgeport Speedway. He has high hopes that his transition to asphalt will go just as smoothly.
“It’s been different because the dirt car you’re sideways in the turn and using gas and brake to help the car get through the turns,” he explained. “I raced a couple races in a Late Model and when I would come off the turn sideways I wasn’t used to it so I would get out of the gas and it would really upset the car. But after racing dirt I’m used to it being sideways and when it gets a little bit sideways off the turn I stay in the gas from having the dirt experience it really helps me out on asphalt get the car off the turn and not have to worry about the car stepping out.”
To help make the transition easier, Grosso has had the assistance of teammate Myatt Snider who is running a select schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports as well as select LMSC races for his own team.
“Having Myatt as a teammate is great because he always is helping me, always asking questions about how my car can get better, where I can better, where I’m lifting where I’m braking, where I’m getting back on the gas which is very beneficial because he had a lot of success at pretty much every track on the CARS Tour.”
Grosso also commented on the fact he learns even that much more when he gets to be on-track with Snider and have him as a competitor and a teammate.
“He is always fast, so I like to watch where he’s running and see where I can improve. Having him as a teammate really helps me become a better driver.”
Coming off a third-place finish at Dominion Raceway Park (VA) the young driver is committed to staying behind the wheel of a Late Model Stock in the CARS Tour and select NASCAR races. Grosso also has plans to get back to dirt when his schedule allows it.
“I race every chance on dirt I can to keep my skills sharp on dirt because it helps out a ton on my asphalt racing. I actually plan to do 30-40 races on dirt this season. I race every chance I can get pretty much.”
Both asphalt and dirt fans can watch Grosso compete at the “Last Great Coliseum” via a live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com. Early bird video tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate by clicking here.
-By Hannah Newhouse, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Kyle Tretow/CARS Tour