While Michael Faulk was celebrating a victory at Hickory Motor Speedway with Kate Dallenbach, his other driver, Anthony Alfredo, was celebrating a victory 126 miles away at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley, South Carolina.
Alfredo, 17, from Ridgefield, Connecticut, inherited the victory in the Southeast Limited Late Model Series (SELLM) race, his second career Late Model victory, after Dylan Hall failed postrace technical inspection. While he wanted to beat Hall on the track, he knew he had a car that could win the race and took pride in the victory.
“Definitely raced hard last night,” Alfredo said. “We started third, got to second, ran behind Dylan. We kind of didn’t want to be there but we got by him within a few laps and started to get away and the caution came out. We got away from him again. With just over 10 laps to go, he caught up to us, saved a little more tire than us and we used a little more stuff. In the end, he failed tech.
“It felt good. It was really great to get that win because I knew it was coming. We proved we have what it takes. We had a winning car last night.”
Alfredo’s first career victory came in a SELLM Challenger race, which is a preliminary race held essentially for rookies and inexperienced drivers at SELLM events, at Tri-County Speedway last year. This season is his second season in racing and Alfredo is focused on making the transition from Limited Late Models to Late Model Stock Cars a successful one.
“Last year was my first year in stock cars,” Alfredo explained. “We ran with Lee Faulk Racing last year in a Limited car. We ran a couple Late Model races at the end of the year. This year we’ve signed on for a full Late Model Stock Car season while also running Southeast Limiteds. That’s the only thing we’re to race that isn’t a normal Late Model Stock Car event because they’re significant Limited races.”
Alfredo says the victory at Greenville-Pickens was a confidence booster for he and his entire team.
“This is definitely a confidence booster for the season,” Alfredo remarked. “We started strong and it was a matter of time. We finally got it and we proved we got what it takes. We know we can do it as a team and we know we can get more throughout the rest of the season. I have no doubts we’re capable of it.”
With his victory on Saturday night, Alfredo took over the points lead in the Southeast Limited Late Model Series standings from Luke Sorrow. Now, Alfredo hopes he can hang on and win the series championship.
“It’s really nice to be the points leader now too,” Alfredo stated. “We were only six points behind Luke Sorrow and now we took over the lead so that’s really good. Would be nice to hold on until the end and contend for the championship.”
Before finding out he won the Greenville-Pickens race, Alfredo learned his teammate, Dallenbach, won at Hickory. When he inherited the victory, it turned into one of the best weekends ever for Michael Faulk and Lee Faulk Racing with two wins in two different states with two different drivers.
“Before we knew we won, we got out and heard Kate won Hickory which is awesome,” Alfredo commented. “We’re really proud of her, first race this season for her so that’s awesome. That boosted the entire team’s confidence because they know they can win more races and we got the win as well. I guess it’s one for the Lee Faulk Racing record books.
“Two wins with two drivers in two different states. The team as a whole now, we’ve got a lot of confidence moving forward for the rest of the season.”