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Team StopTech Racing Update – May 19, 2014
 
by Frank A. Filipponio | May 19, 2014
 

Road Racing

Pirelli World Challenge

Michael DiMeo – ST-40 – Three wins in a row!!!

Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (5/15/14)

 

When TC-class driver Michael DiMeo took the checkered flag on Sunday afternoon in Round 4 of the Pirelli World Challenge Championships, he became a perfect four-for-four this season. After starting the season off with a win, the young Canadian driver swept the three-race Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

 

DiMeo, of Toronto, in the No. 71 LiUNA Honda Civic Si for Compass360 Racing, started from pole in the Touring Car category but made a mistake on the opening lap when he ran wide at Turn 9 on the circuit. He fell to fourth, but made it back to second place by Lap 3. The previous lap, he’d tried a three-wide move on both his teammate, Karl Thomson, of Toronto in the No. 72 CTF/Racing4Research/HPD Honda Civic Si and rookie Adam Poland, of Mt. Vernon, Texas in the No. 11 Eastex Motorsports/Poland Construction Mazda MX-5, heading into Turn 1.

 

Gary Kwok, of Markham, Ontario, in the No. 88 M&S Quality Produce Honda Civic Si assumed the lead after DiMeo’s slide off course. But DiMeo quickly reeled him in and was within a second by Lap 8. After hounding him for five laps, DiMeo was able to make the pass for the lead on Lap 13 at the inside of Turn 1, earning the Invisible Glass Clean Pass of the Race.

 

From there, DiMeo drove a controlled remainder of the race to beat Kwok by 3.690 seconds. Kwok finished second for the third race in a row, while in third, Thomson secured his first podium finish of the 2014 season.

 

"First off I have to thank everyone that made the weekend possible, Compass360 Racing, and my sponsors, LiUNA and CTF. It’s great to have their support, have them backing me, it just motivates me to do well, especially here," said DiMeo. "I wanted to put on a good show for everyone here at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, so with three wins, that was a pretty good end to the weekend and I hope we can maintain this going into New Jersey."

 

 

Trans-Am

Cameron Lawrence - 1st Place – TA2 Class - STR-43 Calipers

 

 

 

Off-Road

CODE Off-Road Escomex Night Race

Class 10 – 1st Place – Shane Scully / John Taylor, built by Armada Engineering, STR42 calipers

 

 

Circle Track

World of Outlaws, STP Sprint Car Series

Daryn Pittman (No. 9) - STR-42 caliper – Three wins in a row!

May 16 – Williams Grove Raceway – Mechanicsburg, PA

May 17 – Williams Grove Raceway – Mechanicsburg, PA

May 18 – Orange County Fair Speedway – Middletown, NY

 

Just like DiMeo in World Challenge TC, Daryn Pittman three-peated this weekend. After sweeping the two events at Williams Grove Speedway, Daryn Pittman capped off a dominating weekend by winning the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series race on Sunday night at Orange County Fair Speedway.

 

 “I need somebody to pinch me,” said Pittman, the 2013 series champion from Owasso, Okla. “This has been a whirlwind week. We struggled at Haubstadt (Ind.) and Wilmot (Wis.) last week and took a lot of blame on that myself and really needed to, as a team, come in here and run well and that was our goal. Never could we have dreamed that we would come up here and run as well as have.”

Just as he did Friday and Saturday nights at Williams Grove, Pittman led flag-to-flag. Helping his efforts in each win, including at Orange County, was his finishing position in the Dash – and the random Dash inversion.

“We’ve had a lot of luck,” Pittman said. “I think, hands down, we were the car to beat Friday night at Williams Grove. But Saturday and tonight the Dash draw obviously went our way. But like I said, the Great Clips team gave me a car good enough to take advantage of our starting spot and stay up front.”

Pittman’s three wins over the weekend pushed him to the points lead following Saturday night’s event in Williams Grove. Following Orange County, he has extended his lead over second place Joey Saldana to 12 points. Just 56 points separate the top four drivers – Pittman, Saldana, Donny Schatz and Paul McMahan – in the fight for the championship.

 

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