Blown Engine Doesn’t Stop Cicconi
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Lou Cicconi Jr. rebounded after suffering a blown engine in his originally assigned car, climbed behind the wheel of a three-quarter midget owned by B.J. MacDonald that he had previously driven to two wins inside Boardwalk Hall and picked up the win in the 30-lap NAPA Auto Parts headliner Friday night.
Cicconi made his bid for the lead against fellow front row starter Ted Christopher with a daring outside pass following a mid-race restart, then held off a late race charge by first time indoor TQ starter Jimmy Blewett to preserve the win.
“This was a great win,” said Cicconi. “With the blown engine this morning, the win helps pay for it. It’s good to be back in this car. It’s like an old pair of shoes. They still smell good when you put them back on.”
Blewett moved from the fifth row at the start to finish a solid second.
“I have to thank the fans for coming out tonight,” said Blewett. “This win is for my grandfather. He bought the car for me, and is recovering from open-heart surgery. This should cheer him up.”
Ryan Smith, Christopher and Erick Rudolph rounded out the top five.
Kyle Lick utilized patience, avoided pitfalls that claimed several leaders over the last five laps of the 20-lap 600 micro feature and dirt tracked his way to the biggest win of his career.