Here is a post-race follow up from lead Team 1-800-DRY-ME-OUT driver Rob Faiella on the results from the Saturday, November 17, 2012 race. The race was to be a historic race where Rob Faiella Jr. would race against his father and veteran car racer, Bob Faiella Sr.
Unfortunately the Sr. vs Jr. battle didn’t happen. The #13 broke a valve in practice so we only had car #15 to send into battle. With this being a 50-lap $500 race, there were a lot of cars that showed up. 27 to be exact. 24 cars took time trials and Bob Faiella Sr. timed in in 6th position.
To make it more interesting the race promoter decided to invert the top 14 cars and this relegated Bob back to a 10th place starting spot.
Bob took the green on the outside of row #5 knowing that he would be hung out there until he could get to the inside. A couple cars decided to go 3-wide in the first turn and the #15 would find it self sitting backwards in the first turn of the first lap.
Unrattled Bob refired the car and pointed it in the right direction and got back in line for the restart. As the laps counted on the #15 was being driven with precision and aggression. One by one Faiella picked off the competitors. Passing them high, low and even 3 and 4 wide at times. The eventual race winner had pulled out to a big lead by this point and no more cautions came out in the 2nd half of the race allowing him to catch up, but he continued to put on a clinic and moved up to 2nd. With a few laps to go and the leader in traffic Faiella Sr. was catching him slightly but time ran out. Had there been a late race restart who knows that could have happened.
But 68 year old Bob Faiella, retired from racing in 1984, showed the crowd that he was for real back then and still is. The entire 1-800-Dry-Me-Out team is so proud of him and the team cant wait for the chance to get both cars out there and have the Sr. vs Jr. battles sometime next year.
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