Short track fans and experts alike were surprised to see one of the hottest driver-team combinations not pre-entered for the 3rd Annual Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway. After winning the first two Southern Super Series races of the season, series points leader Giovanni Bromante and Anthony Campi Racing had not planned to make the trip to “The Last Great Colosseum.”
However, those plans changed last-minute and they rolled into Bristol Motor Speedway after appearing on the entry list just days before practice day. The fifteen-year-old is chasing the Southern Super Series title, and the late decision to compete in this weekend’s Short Track U.S. Nationals came after his biggest competitor, Casey Roderick decided to make the trip to East Tennessee for his first Short Track U.S. Nationals.
Bromante and his team acknowledged the potential of a crash and the damage Bristol Motor Speedway can cause, but said the opportunity to race there and the chase for the championship well outweighed the risks.
“It’s just a great racetrack and we really had to think about it because a lot of people wreck their stuff here, but that wasn’t going to stop us,” Bromante told Speed51. “It was a points race and we just had to be here to stay in the points lead. I’m just happy that we showed up. It’s really fun and it’s a learning curve.”
As Anthony Campi has shown all year with multiple drivers in Super and Pro Late Model racing, Bromante had a lot of speed throughout practice. He ended the day second fastest out of thirty-four cars that took time over the course of the day, just .04 seconds behind 2017 Southern Super Series champion Stephen Nasse.
Bromante admitted taking laps at the track dubbed the World’s Fastest Half-Mile took some getting used to due to the G-forces and sheer speed of the track. After two practice sessions to sort everything out, he is feeling good about his chances on Saturday night.
“I feel pretty good. I feel like we have a pretty good piece for the race, we just have to keep working on it,” he said. “All the G-forces really mess with your head and I’ve never really felt anything like that before, so it was just something to get used to. I got used to it pretty quick and it worked out pretty good.”
As he looks to continue his breakout 2019 season, a win at Bristol Motor Speedway would be huge to Bromante. With the history behind the racetrack, holding the sword in victory lane after one hundred laps would be a moment he would never forget.
“It would just be really awesome, this track has so much history and it’s a NASCAR track,” Bromante said. “NASCAR races here all the time, so it would be pretty surreal to be in victory lane.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 State Editor (IN & MI) - Twitter: @kgeyer3
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