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(El Cajon, CA, May 7, 2022) The Lucas Oil POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprint Car Series visited its home track, the Barona Speedway, on April 30th and rising local star Braden Chiaramonte placed second in the 20-lap main. That finish allowed him to maintain his lofty spot on top of the championship point standings.

Chiaramonte, a 15-year-old from nearby El Cajon, California, drove his white #73 to a second-place finish in his heat at his first Barona appearance in more than six months.

For the start of the 20 lap A main, Chiaramonte was on the outside of row three. The high school student was in fourth place for most of the first half of the race. However, for a lap nine restart, he was third and he manned that spot for several laps and two more yellow flag periods. When the final yellow of the race waved with four laps to go, the talented young driver was about to bring the spectators out of their seats.

On the previous restart, Chiaramonte bravely split the two lappers who were between himself and the two lead cars. For the last restart, no lappers were stuck between him and his prey. The two leaders began to race side by side for the top spot going into turn three. In doing so they left the bottom of the track open as they sped off four. Possessing senses like a long-time veteran, Chiaramonte realized the situation presented to him and quickly pounced. He pulled even with the leaders as they exited the fourth corner and slid into the lead coming off turn two the next lap. He maintained the top spot until turn four when his fellow teen competitor found the drive on the outside and launched back into the lead. Chiaramonte attempted to race back into the point position, but in the end, he had to settle for second.

Coming into the race at Barona, Chiaramonte had a two-point lead in the SWLS championship point standings. His second-place result allowed him to extend that lead to 15-points. However, the point lead - at least for the time being - will be lost next week. While the SWLS will be competing again at Barona, Chiaramonte will be at Indiana's US 24 Speedway in a Hyper house car at the "All In Transportation A Wingless Clash." The three-night affair in the Hoosier State will take place from May 12th through the 14th. The track will also host a practice session on May 11th.

Thus far in 2022, Chiaramonte has started six races and yet, he has not finished out of the top 10. Included on his ledger sheet are one win and two second-place finishes.

Chiaramonte would like to thank the following marketing partners for making his 2022 racing season possible. RTL Traffic Control and Equipment Rentals, AM Ortega, Impact Racing, and AIM Sports Data. If you or your company would like to join forces with the fast-rising racing team, please contact Daniel Chiaramonte online at the following link mailto:dchiaramonte@rtltraffic.com or by calling (619) 988-7563.

Braden Chiaramonte 2022 Results

January 1 Tulsa Shootout Stock Non Wings 9th A Main

March 5 Imperial Valley Raceway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 2nd A Main

March 6 Imperial Valley Raceway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 8th A Main

March 25 Bakersfield Speedway California Lightning Sprints 6th A Main

April 23 Imperial Valley Raceway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 1st A Main

April 30 Barona Speedway POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints 2nd A Main

This release was produced by Scott Daloisio. You can contact him online at mailto:sdaloisiosports@gmail.com or by calling (909) 226-7768.