Brandon Gdovic is the biggest threat yet to Shawn Balluzzo’s 14-race win streak at Langley Speedway
Gdovic isn’t just any challenger. One of just two Americans moved this year into theLamborghini GT3 program, Gdovic, 27, won a Lamborghini Super Trofeo race at VirginiaInternational Raceway in Danville just this past weekend.He is a multi-time series champ in the Super Trofeo series with a resume that goes muchdeeper. Not only was he a rare local to win a race in the K&N Pro Series East – back in 2013when it was considered a top feeder into NASCAR’s top three series – he finished in the top13 in a NASCAR Xfinity race for a team not considered a front-runner.Gdovic also knows his way around Langley, where he is a former Legends champion andLate Model Rookie of the Year. Most important of all, he’ll be driving a fast car on Saturday.His dad, Rick Gdovic, who owns Precision Performance Motorsports, which includes theLamborghini team, is third in the points in the Langley Speedway Modified Divisionstandings. Last week he won the pole and led 33 laps in a recently built car, before Balluzzoovertook him and won again.But Rick Gdovic is putting Brandon Gdovic behind the wheel of that new car to see if he canend Balluzzo’s streak. Rick Gdovic will drive a secondary team car in the race to keep hisposition in the points standings.“We’re chasing the bounty,” Rick Gdovic said. “We’re definitely excited about that.[Top stories] Man shot, killed in Hampton »“Brandon has been up twice (from PPM shop in North Carolina) already testing it and eachtime we get a little faster and the car gets a little better.”LatestHow serious is the Brandon Gdovic’s challenge to Balluzzo? Balluzzo thinks Gdovic will be afavorite tomorrow, although he doesn’t think the playing field will be equal.Balluzzo said that because Brandon Gdovic will be racing at the track for the first time thisseason, he gets four new tires. Division drivers are only allowed to buy two new tires perweek after getting their first four new ones, Balluzzo said.Brandon Gdovic will have to practice at least 50 laps on the new tires, but Balluzzo says thatdoes not negate the advantage of racing against drivers who’ve worn down two of their tiresracing.“You put together that Brandon will have the best car, will have a tire advantage and is anexperienced and very good driver, he would suck not to win,” Balluzzo said. “If we wereracing on equal tires, he wouldn’t have a chance.”2/3The biggest beneficiary of a Brandon Gdovic win would be Matt Carter, who has finishedsecond to Balluzzo on numerous occasions. Rick Gdovic said the $1,000 bounty will got to aGo Fund Me page he started for Carter, who broke his leg in a division race several weeksago.