Braden Chiaramonte Comes From the Back to Finish 12th in Wild Marysville Main

After coming from the back two times, Braden Chiaramonte raced under the checkered flag in 12th place in the Mel and Marlyn Hall Memorial last Saturday at the Marysville Raceway.  The teen’s persistence paid dividends as he now ranks sixth in points heading into round four of the Elk Grove Sprint Car Challenge Tour’s 2024 season at the Placerville Speedway this Friday.

A stout field of 39 winged 360 sprint cars showed up at the popular quarter-mile track that is located 120 miles north of San Francisco and 120 miles west of Reno.  The field was split into two groups by a pill draw for qualifying and the heat races.  Chiaramonte drew into the second group of 19 cars and toured the track in 12.904.  That was seventh fastest in his group and 13th best of the 39 on hand.

In his 10-lap heat, the El Cajon, California racer started and finished in third.  That left him one spot shy of the dash, but it guaranteed him a direct ticket into the 35-lap main event. 

Chiaramonte started in the 12th position for the feature that turned into a nearly one-hour marathon.  The first attempt to start the race got as far as turn one before a car slid to a stop.  Fortunately, the entire field missed the expensive obstacle.   The second try to get the feature started only got about 35 feet farther than the first effort.  This time a massive tangle saw numerous cars get involved.   One of them was Chiaramonte. 

Chiaramonte was towed back to the pits, where the Tiner/Hirst crew quickly poured over the car.  They replaced two broken shocks, bird cages, radius rods, torsion arms, and a torsion bar.  They got the job done quickly, but the green flag flew before they could get pushed back onto the track.  However, the race only got one lap in before the action was slowed due to another faux paw on the track.  Amazingly, the #94TH was pushed back onto the racing surface for the restart and was only one lap down.

Chiaramonte restarted at the back. As was the case for much of this race, only one more lap was completed. On lap 4, three cars tangled in front of Chiaramonte. With nowhere to go, he slid into the mess. Fortunately, his contact was minimal, and he was able to restart once again.

The Night of Destruction like conditions continued on through the remainder of the race, but Chiaramonte was able to steer clear of the chaos.  By lap 11, he was up to 16th.  Four laps later, he was another spot higher in the race standings.  He was still 15th, ten laps later, when officials feared cars were going to run out of fuel due to all the yellow flag laps. So, they threw a red flag, allowing all teams to add fuel to make it to the end of the race.

Once the green flag flew again, Chiaramonte moved up to 14th on lap 27.  He stayed there until the final circuit when he steered the Tiner/Hirst Slade Precision Shocks/Larry Davis Farms/System 1 Pro Ignition #94TH past one more car to finish 13th.  Make that a hard-fought for, well earned 13th for the talented driver and the top-notch crew. 

This Friday night’s race at the Placerville Speedway will be the lid lifter for the Dave Bradway Memorial.   Chiaramonte has been to Placerville one time this year.  That was on May 11th when he finished second in the Placerville 360 main event.

Friday’s show will be Adrian Blanco Jewelry Night.  The main winner will collect prize money, valuable SCCT points, and a custom watch certificate from Adrian Blanco Jewelers.   

The spectator gate at the famous banked red clay oval will open at 3:00 p.m. on Friday.  Adult tickets are $25.00.  Seniors 62+, military, and Juniors 12-17 will get in for $22.00.  Tickets for kids six to twelve are only $10, and children 5 and under are free.  Tickets are available online at https://www.eventsprout.com/event/psr-053124 and at the ticket window on Friday.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway, log onto http://www.placervillespeedway.com

Chiaramonte would like to thank all his sponsors who have made his racing efforts possible.  RTL Traffic Control, AM Ortega, OCC Motorsports, Hyper Racing, Chop Design, Adams Motors, Hacienda Casa Blanca Fine Mexican Dining, Evil Plus Injection, King Racing Products, Tiner/Hirst, and Keizer Wheels.  If you would like to be a partner with one of America’s fastest-rising racing stars, please contact Daniel Chiaramonte via email at mailto:[email protected] or by calling (619) 988-7563.

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