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A key to winning a championship is good luck. Some drivers have it, but others cannot seem to catch a break as the season winds to a close.

For the second race in a row, Timmy Solomito got entangled in a mess that was not of his own doing.

On the 63rd lap, leader Matt Hirshman spun after contact with Doug Coby. As the rest of the field checked up, Solomito became a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“I guess the guys behind us weren’t really paying attention to the cars that were in front of us,” Solomito said. “One drove through the back panel, which shot me into the outside groove and somebody went over the right side. Broke the right front suspension.”

In the process, the Islip, New York native plummeted from the points lead to fourth in the standings.

Since winning at Riverhead in June, Solomito has finished 20th or worse twice, something the team had not done all year before that victory.

Nonetheless, the 25-year-old isn’t deterred by the poor luck the team has suffered in recent weeks.

“I have confidence in this team,” he said. “We’ve run strong pretty much every race this year. It’s just unfortunate circumstances. Can’t really blame it on anything else. We’ve had fast cars, we’ve battled up front.”

“I think we would’ve battled up front tonight. We went from seventh to fourth and we were kind of just hanging out. It was early in the race, didn’t really want to beat the car up…. Kind of just hung out, thinking that there wasn’t going to be too much action in front of me, because it’s the front, but, I don’t know.”

“I could say a lot of things, but I’ll bite my tongue and not say them.”

Solomito now sits 11 points back of leader Ryan Preece as the series heads for Oswego next Saturday night.

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Paul Lambert is an aspiring collegiate journalist. A writer and broadcaster, Paul's excited to cover New England short track racing in 2021. Paul has also been published in the Boston Herald, Speedway Illustrated and on

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