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Shawn Balluzzo’s Win Streak Comes to an End in Modified Night Cap at the Hands of Brandon Gdovic; Bounty Still in Tact After Balluzzo and Gdovic Split Twins

Hampton, VA– All good things eventually come to an end. For Shawn Balluzzo that would be his undefeated 2019 season. However, the $1,000 bounty is still up for grabs after Balluzzo picked up win number fifteen in the opening 40-lap feature.

Balluzzo admitted in victory lane following his flag-to-flag win in the first race that was the hardest he had to drive holding off Gdovic for 40-laps. What he didn’t know was race number two was going to be even more of a challenge. After electing to go to the rear in victory lane Balluzzo was already facing an up hill battle while Brandon Gdovic had to pass just three cars to assume the lead doing so in just eight laps.

Once out front and in clean air Gdovic set a pace that was unmatched by no one as we watched Balluzzo tear through the field – breaking into the top five by just lap ten. That was about the time Balluzzo’s luck ran out while taking a peak under Jamie Sample for second. The two must have touched which cut down Balluzzo’s right-front tire and sent him lackadaisical into the turn two outside wall drawing the first caution of the second feature. He was able to get to pit road and a new tire put on but starting once more in the rear of the field proved to be an issue. Just a handful of laps later several cars pile up in turn four forcing Balluzzo to get on the binders hard, locking up the tires and getting hit by a couple other cars trying to avoid. He was deemed part of the caution and not eligible for the cone.

Meanwhile, Gdovic was money on each of the following restarts really using the power of a brand new car to his advantage. The only real challenge for Gdovic came on the final restart – which was also the final nail in the coffin for Balluzzo – when the 48 was able to take the cone and start on the outside. After a flat tire, contact with the wall, flat spots, and contact with others, there was nothing left in the tank. Gdovic cleared the field into one and Sample cleared Balluzzo going into three. Gdovic would drive away creating more than a five-second gap over the rest of the field. Balluzzo was able to get around Sample in the closing laps to secure second. Danny Harrell and Eric McPherson rounded out the top five.

“I wish Shawn could have been able to get up there so we could have battled a little more,” Gdovic commented in victory lane. “Not really sure how the bounty deal works but if they give it to us then great. It was really fun to come back home and race. Glad my dad let me help get a little race trim here and get things figured out. The PPM boys built an awesome car. I just have to thank them, my mom and dad, ComServe Wireless and WindStax for all the support throughout the years.”

Gdovic has been absent from Langley Speedway for a few years now dipping his toes in both the K&N Series along with a few races in the NASCAR Xfinity series before his most recent success in the Lamborghini Trofeo series.

“You have to compare this win in a different way,” Gdovic said. “This my Hometrack so it’s special on a different level to come back home after a few years and see familiar faces. Short-track racing on a Saturday night is some of the best racing is at every night.”

Balluzzo earned the right to lead the field to the green to kick of Pete’s Towing night after laying down a 16.356 (86.941 MPH) second lap. Gdovic, who was fastest all day in practice lined up to his right side. Jamie Sample, Danny Harrell, and Rick Gdovic made up the starting five. From the drop of the green flag, it was the Balluzzo and Gdovic show. Balluzzo was able to keep Gdovic at bay even after several solid shots to the rear bumper. Danny Harrell, rookie Grant Blasingame, and Eric McPherson rounded out the top five. Todd Whitesell, Rick Gdovic, and Peyton Ferree completed the top eight finishers to set the invert.

“It was fun I have to say that,” Balluzzo commented about the final ten laps of the first forty-lap feature. “Brandon did a great job. All of these guys are doing a great job they have got their game going on. I am having a harder and harder time every week staying ahead of them.”

Brandon and I have been bantering back and forth,” Balluzzo commented about the social media post coming into the weekend in regards to the bounty out for him. “It’s just all in good fun, I hope he realizes that. It was great out there tonight and I know the fans have got to be loving all this with all that’s been going on and its been getting more interesting.”

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 1 UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #64 Brandon Gdovic; 40
  3. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  4. #7 Grant Blasingame; 40
  5. #16 Eric McPherson; 40
  6. #49 Todd Whitesell; 39
  7. #47 Rick Gdovic; 39
  8. #23 Peyton Ferree; 39
  9. #19 Bubba Johnston; 26
  10. #28 Jamie Sample; 25
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 9
  12. #3 Brad Adams; 9
  13. #18 DJ Valente; 9

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 2 UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #64 Brandon Gdovic; 40
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  3. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  5. #16 Eric McPherson; 40
  6. #3 Brad Adams; 40
  7. #47 Rick Gdovic; 40
  8. #7 Grant Blasingame; 39
  9. #23 Peyton Ferree; 39
  10. #49 Todd Whitesell; 39
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 21

AMSOIL Slick Move of the Race – Presented by East Coast Synthetics Awarded to Brandon Gdovic at East Carolina

_Gdovic Move of the race

(Photo: Charles Alexander/King Charles Photography)

The second installment of the East Coast Synthetics Slick Move of the Race made its appearance at East Carolina Motor Speedway this past weekend. Awarding one driver who’s moves on or off the track had a positive impact on his or her finishing position. A partnership created between East Coast Synthetics and The Weekly Racer to bring to the forefront a driver affiliation program with AMSOIL as well as recognizing one single driver for their bold move on the track.

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.

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Sports Car: Gdovic Dominates Podium at VIR

B.Gdovic LamboDanville, VA. – Coming off his impressive NASCAR Xfinity Series finish at Watkins Glen International earlier this month, Brandon Gdovic took charge of the podium at Virginia International Raceway over the weekend. The 23-year-old driver from Yorktown, Va. finished 1st in Rounds 4 and 5, then finished 2nd in Round 6 of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series Gallardo AM division. It was Gdovic’s first career start at the venerable 17-turn, 3.27-mile road circuit near the Virginia-North Carolina state line. His No. 46 Lamborghini Gallardo was fielded by Mitchum Motorsports of Virginia Beach, Va., and sponsored by American Messaging, LLC and ComServe Verizon Wireless.

A drive-through penalty after a slight pit crew miscue kept Gdovic from winning Round 6 and thus sweeping the weekend. After the costly penalty, he relentlessly cut the deficit on the leader to fewer than five seconds before running out of laps. The weekend’s two victories and runner-up finish at VIR moved Gdovic into a tie with defending World Champion Jake Rattenbury for 2nd-place in the Gallardo division point standings.

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Brandon Gdovic to Drive Richmond for Viva Following Impressive Xfinity Debut

China Grove, NC – Brandon Gdovic is going home! Following his successful debut at Texas Motor Speedway, Yorktown, Virginia based driver Brandon Gdovic has been signed by Viva Motorsports to drive the No. 55 WindStax™ Wind Power Systems Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, April 24th. Gdovic has a high comfort level at his home track, having a number of strong finishes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, including a 2nd in 2013. With a race in the Xfinity series under his belt with Viva Motorsports, Brandon has a better understanding of what to expect from the team and the car, but this time on a track he’s familiar with.

4915_texas1771tkp“I’m very thankful that Viva Motorsports is bringing me back for Richmond. Being able to race on a track I’m familiar with, and to do it in front of friends and family is something I’ve looked forward to for a long time.” Gdovic continues, “Having the experience to carry over from Texas will go a long way, especially on my home track. Richmond places a lot of demands on the driver, and I’m looking forward to delivering for Viva Motorsports and WindStax™ Wind Power Systems. Thank you to everyone involved for the opportunity, my goal this weekend is a clean race and a Top-20 finish!”

Friday will be very long for all the Xfinity Series drivers, encompassing practice, qualifying, and the race in one day. The NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway kicks off Friday, April 24th with Final Practice at 8:15 am EST. Qualifying will take place at 3:45 pm EST with live coverage on Fox Sports 1. The green flag will drop for the race at 7:30 pm EST, also carried live on Fox Sports 1.

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Local Wheelman Brandon Gdovic Sets Eyes On A Brand New Series

Gdovic - SoBo - 2014

Gloucester, VA – What happens when you give a young man who has been racing his entire life the chance to race something different, something new, something fast? If that wasn’t one of the easiest questions you have ever answered I would be willing to hear what that question was in the comments bellow. News broke from earlier last week that local NASCAR driver Brandon Gdovic (Precision Performance Motorsports – PPM) of Gloucester, Virginia has teamed up with Mitchum Motorsports to bring the driver into a whole new spectrum of racing.

 

For those who do not know, Mitchum Motorsports located in Virginia Beach, Virginia was found in 2001 and have been running Grand-Am/IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series with their Chevy Camaro & BMW. They will also field cars in the Super Trofeo North America series, a 6 track, 12 race series where all the drivers will wheel the same Lamborghini Cup in each race.

 

Gdovic has had the itch to run more road racing for a while now, it was just a matter of finding the right match. “[I wanted to for] probably about a year now,” Gdovic told The Weekly Racer. “It was kind of just talk at first and near the end of the season last year [2014] I was pretty serious about wanting to do it. We sat down and really talked about it and decided to try to put something together.”

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