AMSOIL Slick Move of the Race – Presented by East Coast Synthetics Awarded to Brandon Gdovic at East Carolina
This go around it just wasn’t one move it was a collaboration of moves given the circumstances this driver had to face. Twice Gdovic had to work his way deep out of the field after a spin in turns three and four early sent him to the rear. You think, “Okay we got that out of the way early, lets charge back up front where we belong.” Only to have a tire go down, forcing you to pit road, and to the attention of your crew. Lucky for Gdovic this weekends Ronnie Barnette Memorial 200 was 200 laps of green flag racing. This means caution laps did not count! Gave teams a little more time to assess and make repairs to the car without losing a lap to the leaders.
Taking advantage of this twice, Gdovic’s crew was able to give the car a look over early and repair any damage as well as replace the tire without losing a lap to the leaders. With the help of the lap 125 break, some adjustments, and the use of the cone, Gdovic found himself back inside the top five by lap 138 of the 200-lap feature. Taking his time, working through the field without using up the right front tire. We almost came to the conclusion that the combination of moves made by Gdovic in the middle of the race was what earned him this award, however, what really set us over the top was the restart on lap 188 that ultimately secured his postion on the podium and winner of the AMSOIL Slick Move of the Race – Presented by East Coast Synthetics.
Electing to take the low line coming to the cone Gdovic would restart the race behind the leader in the third position. With an incredible restart Gdovic was able to take the preferred line around East Carolina Motor Speedway in the second position trying like hell to catch that blue 08 for the win. With just three laps to go he would get some help from his fellow competitors as they decided to go for a little spin in turn two bringing out the yellow one more time setting up a Green-White-Checkered finish.
Electing to stay low and tight on the leaders bumper, Gdovic had one more shot at the race win. Again with another great start Gdovic was able to hang tough to the second spot but McCaskill’s car was just to good off the exit of two, Gdovic able to come home second! “That was the hardest second place finish I have had to battle for,” Gdovic said on the front stretch after the race. “It was really hard to pass when everyone got single file so the restarts helped a lot, I took advantage on the top side a lot to gain some spots while everyone was clogged up on the bottom.”
Brandon is the 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series Gallardo World Champion and North American AM Champion. Gdovic, 23, has spent the past 12 years working on and driving race cars for Precision Performance Motorsports (PPM), the NASCAR Xfinity Series team owned by his parents Richard Gdovic & Kelly Gdovic. When not driving or building race cars for his family-owned team, Gdovic is coaching other PPM drivers or engaging in appearances representing his corporate sponsors. His interest in road course racing began when he raced at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) and Road Atlanta in the NASCAR K&N Series. To broaden his road course experience earlier this year, Gdovic also competed in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series road course events held at Autodromo dell’Umbria in Magione, Italy, successfully compiling two top-five and one top-ten finishes. For more information, visit Brandon Gdovic Racing on Facebook, @BrandonGdovic on Twitter, or visit the website at www.BrandonGdovic.com.