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Young Sirizzotti holds off veteran Gural for first career TSRS win


Kyle Sirizzotti, a 15-year-old rookie in the Texas Super Racing Series (TSRS), held off series veteran Tommy Gural and grabbed the checkered flag for his first-ever series win in Saturday night’s Red, White & Blue 100 at Thunder Hill Raceway (Kyle, TX).


Sirizzotti, who will be a sophomore at San Antonio O’Connor High School this fall, is the defending Lone Star Legacys series champion. Kyle and the G.T. Sirizzotti Race Team made the jump to TSRS – a late model touring series in Texas – this season. Sirizzotti registered his first-ever TSRS win in just his fourth career series start.


Sixteen-year-old Cody Smith (La Vernia) finished third; Chris Schild (Leander), the defending series champion, came home fourth; and, rookie Robert Walton (Del Valle) finished fifth. Deed Dupont (Baytown), who finished sixth, was the last car on the lead lap.


Sirizzotti, who lives with his family in Helotes, started the race on the pole after his father – G.T. Sirizzotti Race team owner Tony Sirizzotti – drew the number “1” during the invert draw. Chris Schild was the fast qualifier and won the TXRacing.com Pole Award, but drew the number “4” during the invert draw.


Gural, the 2006 series points leader going into the race, started third but immediately jumped to second at the start of the race. Gural, from Elgin, kept pace behind Sirizzotti (who led the race from green flag to checkered flag) for the entire race. Gural seemed to be able to challenge the youngster coming off Turn 4 but would lose that advantage coming off Turn 2 on the 3/8th-mile asphalt oval track.


“I want to thank Tommy Gural for running a clean race,” Sirizzotti said on the K-MAC Sports broadcast of the race (www.kmacsports.com). “I respect Tommy a lot already and the fact he ran me clean showed how great a racer he truly is. Tommy’s a class act all the way around.”


Sirizzotti was lucky to even start the race. He blew an engine in practice; fortunately, the team had a spare engine in tow. However, it took team members three hours of work to get the engine right and into the car. Tony Sirizzotti, crew chief John Toudouze, Sharon Sirizzotti, car chief Brenda Toudouze and Gator Dodson worked hard and diligently to get the car ready in time for qualifying.


They made it by mere minutes.


“That’s what makes this victory so sweet,” Tony Sirizzotti stated afterwards. “We worked as a team just to get the car out on the track. I’m very proud of every member of this team; we couldn’t ask for anything more than what each individual did tonight.”


More information about Sirizzotti’s win – and the Red, White & Blue 100 TSRS race – will be forthcoming tomorrow and Monday.


Unofficial Results Red, White & Blue 100 - Texas Super Racing Series - June 24, 2006


Thunder Hill Raceway (Kyle, TX)


Finish (Start) Driver, hometown, laps completed


1. (1) Kyle Sirizzotti (Helotes), 100 laps


2. (3) Tommy Gural (Elgin), 100


3. (2) Cody Smith (La Vernia), 100


4. (4) Chris Schild (Leander), 100


5. (6) Robert Walton (Del Valle), 100


6. (10) Deed Dupont (Baytown), 100


7. (12) Bill Hamilton (Red Oak), 96


8. (11) Adam Haugh (Round Rock), 92


9. (7) Teresa Gural (Elgin), 90


10. (5) Bobby Joe New (Buda), 87


11. (14) Ian Webster (Spring), 81


12. (13) Alvin Stewart (Del Valle), 57


13. (9) Shane Harris (Fairfield), 39


14. (8) Leland Waddell (Austin), 25


15. (15) Craig Sellman (Buda), 7

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