PENSACOLA, FL (Dec. 12, 2016) – This season has been one of firsts for David Calabrese, a racer who hails from New Jersey. Last weekend, he made his very first start in a pro late model at the prestigious Snowflake 100 in addition to other firsts this year such as his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts and his first experience with his family owned team in the ARCA Racing Series. Like any good student, Calabrese took plenty of notes last weekend in his first on-track experience with a straight-rail type racecar.
Calabrese’s weekend in Pensacola started with his very first laps on track at Five Flags Speedway. With over 100 cars in the pits between super and pro late models, track time was scarce and extremely valuable. At first, Calabrese was nearly a second off the pace but learned quickly what his car needed and what the track and car required of him during the practice sessions. Prior to qualifying, he was within a few tenths of the fastest cars after gaining on his machine during every session.
Qualifying is notoriously tight at the Snowflake 100 and Calabrese was unsure of what to expect. Anxiously, David took to the track and turned his two fastest laps of the weekend. He was merely three tenths of a second off the pole qualifier but was only hundredths out of a locked-in qualifying position. Forced to run the last chance 50-lap race, Calabrese strapped in with a very realistic shot to make Saturday night’s Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. Unfortunately, Calabrese was wiped out in an opening lap accident that prevented him from qualifying into the main event and ended his weekend prematurely.
“It was a fun time, for sure,” said Calabrese after the race. “There’s definitely a learning curve with this style of car. We had really good race speed but we couldn’t sacrifice all of that for qualifying since it was an impound race. But I definitely had a blast at Five Flags, despite the accident. It was just awesome to be able to compete with some of the best pro late model drivers in the country and I look forward to doing it again in the future.”
Calabrese’s pro late model crew chief and mentor, Chad Finley, fared well in the super late model Snowball Derby. Finley led a majority of the race and was in position to win when something broke while he was leading less than twenty laps from the finish. Both cars were prepared in collaboration with Chad Finley Racing at the Calabrese Motorsports shop.
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