As the drivers stated pre-race, any event at the Talladega Super Speedway is a “crapshoot” at best when it comes to predicting a winner. Veteran East Coast Thunder driver Ben Becze even stated it when we talked to him prior to the green flag. Even more surprising to Becze was his speed in qualifying after he put his #00 on the pole of the race. “The first pit stall will mean everything here,” commented Becze and it paid off to a win in the Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) 200 at Talladega presented by East Coast Thunder.
The event was a fundraiser for Vinnie Muti’s son Vincent and “Vincent’s Gang” and the event was a success on and off the track. On the track the stars of the Truck Series from ECT put on a fantastic show for 85 laps around the 2.66 mile super speedway with the finish coming down to a one lap dash to the finish. Muti and John Docman had worked together most of the event but sat quietly behind Becze for most of the race until the last lap. While they were poised to make a move, Pete Sindone was pulling it off as he went on the outside but had contact with the inside truck, sending him hard into the turn four wall and stacked up a bunch of good race trucks.
Becze held off Muti and Docman at the finish with Mica Williams coming home in fourth. Sindone limped his battered truck across the line for fifth place. Becze led 50 of the 85 laps during the event which was the most of the eight leaders. Seven cautions slowed the event.
The family at East Coast Thunder raised $1,000 for the Parents of Autistic Children foundation and the Vincent Gang walk happening this Saturday. For more information on how you can donate, visit POAC.net or EastCoastThunder.com.
Until next time, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!