His night started in the rear of the 25-car field, and it ended in victory lane.
It took less than fifty laps for Giovanni Bromante to show his competitors the R.S. Trucking Spring Explosion 125 was his.
Bromante took the lead for good on lap 48, and outran Deep South aces Justin South, Willie Allen and Casey Roderick to score the biggest win of his career. The big night comes on the heels of rough week at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in February.
“My car was super good tonight,” Bromante said. “We, basically, saved our stuff all night. The last 20 laps I kind of picked it up and built a good lead. This is good redemption from Speedweeks. We didn’t have a great week at New Smyrna, but we were able to come here and get the win.”
Bromante qualified third, but had to pull his car out of the impound line to make an adjustment. The adjustment cost him his starting position, and forced him to take the green shotgun on the field.
Through the race’s early stages, Bromante picked off cars lap after lap. Through a rash of early cautions, he picked up more the 20 spots by lap 35, and he pounced on then-leader Perry Patino on lap 48.
Following the troubles after time trials, Bromante had checked his expectations for the night. He never expected he would be the one hoisting the trophy at the end of the night.
“We broke something in qualifying, and we had to start dead last,” said Bromante. “After that, I was hoping to just bide my time and get a top five tonight. However, everything worked out almost perfect, and we were able to get the win.”
Each veteran that rose to challenge Bromante found bad luck. Early-race leader Justin South was black-flagged for jumping a restart, and then spun with a tire issue. Casey Roderick suffered a mechanical issue while running second and ended his night against the inside wall on the backstretch.
Willie Allen tried to claw in to Bromante’s lead over the race’s last run, but the youngster from Long Island was just too quick for the veteran from Tennessee.
“Gio was just flying tonight,” said Allen. “Tonight was their night. I tried the whole last run to do anything I could to find some speed – moving the car around and adjusting the brake bias – but couldn’t gain. The car wasn’t too bad, but just not good enough to win tonight,”
Bromante has won dozens of karting and Legends races in New York, New Jersey and North Carolina, and even picked up a stock-car win at New Smyrna Speedway in 2017.
However, Saturday he picked up the biggest win of his career in the Yellowhammer state of Alabama, more than 1,000 miles from home.
“This is probably the biggest race I have ever won, and there are more to come,” said Bromante. “Bruce (Danz, Bromante’s spotter) kept telling me to be patient. Patience will get you a long way in this sport, and tonight it got us to victory lane.”
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-By Ryan McCollough, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @RyanLMcCollough
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R.S. Trucking Spring Explosion 125 Results
1 81 Gio Bromante
2 26A Willie Allen
3 33 Dustin Smith
4 30 Bobby Knox, Jr.
5 78 Corey Heim
6 2B John Bolen
7 35 Jake Garcia
8 21P Ryan Paul
9 24 Christopher Tullis
10 4 Kyle McCallum
11 9 Chris Landers
12 14P Tyler Porter
13 51 Perry Patino
14 43 Justin South
15 14D Chris Davidson
16 98 Justin Ashburn
17 18 Casey Roderick
18 11W JoJo Wilkinson
19 20 Bill Bethea, III
20 84 Dillon Oliver
21 11 Jordan McCallum
22 21 Jason Furrow
23 12 Joe Graf, Jr.
24 3 Shane Chastian