Super Late Model racing all across the land has become one of the primary crucibles for forging the stock car stars of tomorrow. The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco is no exception to this, with many youngsters throwing themselves into the fire in its six-year history.
Year seven has already seen the stars of tomorrow show their best in just the one race contested so far in 2019. Giovanni Bromante and Jett Noland, a pair of 15-year-old teens not old enough to drive on the road, showed promise and then some in the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway, with Bromante taking a dominating win and Noland overcoming a broken spindle to finish in the top ten.
Bromante, a Long Island karting star chose to not follow in the footsteps of Modified racing as so many have done at Riverhead Raceway, and in less than three years has made the Deep South his backyard, and the Pro and now Super Late Models his instrument of success.
While he is still reveling in his Rattler victory, he is eager to get right back in, and continue what he has started.
“I’m still pretty excited about it. But, I’m also excited to get back into the car. It’s a great series, Tim Bryant has a great thing going. The competition is always great, with some of the best drivers,” Bromante told Speed51.com. “Plus, it’s in the South where we race. We’re going to run hard and go for the title. We just need solid finishes and to keep the car in one piece. I think we’ll do really well.”
Teaming with Late Model ace Anthony Campi and No.81 Anthony Campi racing, Bromante his found a place of both triumph and friendship.
“Anthony is really excited about this year. I worked with him last year and we ended up doing really well on the race track. We’ve got a great driver/crew chief relationship, and off the race track we’re good friends too.”
Bromante’s Rattler win came in his first Super Late Model start, which means that his Southern Super Series season still has more “first’s” to come. Up next, Five Flags Speedway and round one of four of the Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series this coming Friday.
“I love Five Flags. It’s a fast, no-nonsense track. It doesn’t really wear you out, so you can really race the track and passing people there, you have to be smart. It’s all about momentum, at least from what I saw in the Pro Late Models. I don’t know how it will carry over to the Super, but it should be fun.”
Friday’s race will also be his first lesson on the “Road to the Snowball Derby” this coming December.
“It will be a big help. One thing I need to do is to gain experience passing people, that was my main struggle at The Rattler, so I need to clean up the edges on that. Just need plenty of seat time this season and we’ll be good for the Snowball Derby.”
Looking ahead to the season, Bromante is also eager to get back to tracks where he has claimed trophies in Pro Late Models, Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) and Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA).
“Montgomery is one of my favorite tracks and so is Cordele. I’ve won at both, they really suit my driving style, plus I’ve got so much experience, especially at Montgomery. I’m excited to go back in a Super and have that experience.”
As a rookie, the Rookie of the Year title is squarely on Bromante’s list of goals in 2019, but so is the series title. Not surprising with a win under his belt in one of the year’s biggest races. But, at the same time, Gio is staying relaxed too, knowing that this season is just another part of the beginning of his racing resume.
“What happens, happens. If we don’t win the championship in my first year in a Super Late Model, it’s not a terrible deal. Each race, I’ll just race my race. I’m looking for good finishes and to keep the car in one piece.”
Jett Noland on the other hand has been around Southern racing most of his life growing up in Orlando. A star in Karts himself, he too has moved up to full-size cars, first in Pro Trucks and now in Super Late Models for renowned Jett Motorsports.
Despite some frustrations at the Rattler 250 after breaking a spindle mid-race, Noland is satisfied with the progress he has made as a driver to start 2019, while building his relationship with the No. 50 team.
“We’ve been doing really well this year with Jett Motorsports, I’ve grown a lot with them so far with the drivers and the crew members on the team,” Said Noland.
Brimming with enthusiasm, Noland is already set to head to Florida Panhandle and Five Flags Speedway, the track he is most eager to find success at, given it’s skill level and prestige.
“I’m looking forward to the Blizzard Series at Five Flags, I like Pensacola. It’s a fast track and it will be great to get ready for the Snowball Derby.”
At the same time, Noland is excited for where the Southern Super Series will conclude its 2019 trail, his home track New Smyrna Speedway, where he found consistency with a pair of podiums during the Super Late Model portion of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing this past February.
“Very happy we’re ending the season at New Smyrna. We ran really well there during Speedweeks, so I have no doubt we’ll do well there again.”
Overall, Noland is going into the rest of 2019 with his inner-fire burning brightly. He is pushing that towards his only goal, a Southern Super Series title.
“We’re going for more than just the Rookie of the Year, we’re going for the championship this year, plus win races. I feel like we got what it takes to do this, it will be hard, but it can be done.”
The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco takes on Five Flags Speedway this Friday night for Round One of the Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series, and you can see all the laps live on Speed51’s pay-per-view broadcast.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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