Brandon Matus Earns Career First All-Star Win and Midget Win in 2012
Wampum, PA (11/26/2012) – Wampum, Pennsylvania native and rising Western Pennsylvania ‘410’ sprint car star, Brandon Matus, earned two career ‘firsts’ in 2012; each equaling supreme status in their own right. Matus, who blasted on to the sprint car racing scene weekly in 2010, inked his name in the Lernerville Speedway history books during the 2011 season by earning his first career ‘410’ sprint car victory at the Sarver, PA oval. The fourth generation driver would trump that career highlight by earning a career first All-Star Circuit of Champions victory, and a career first midget sprint car victory; both during the 2012 season. The pilot of the familiar Sobczak Electric no. 13 sprinter earned the All-Star victory over a stellar field of competitors at the Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio during the annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek. Matus’ career first midget victory came at the Montpelier Motor Speedway in Montpelier, Indiana on August 4th, 2012. It was just Matus’ second start, ever, in midget competition; piloting the Don Moore owned no. 10 at the Montpelier quarter-mile oval.
“No complaints about my 2012 season” explained Matus, “We had a lot of bad luck this year but still salvaged a pretty decent season… we’ll never forget that All-Star win…it was just an unbelievable feeling…the midget win was big too…can’t thank Don Moore enough for letting me drive his midget…I’m glad I could repay him by getting into victory lane!”
When not hitting and missing regional shows, the Matus Service Center/Sobczak Electric ’13’ was competing close to home at the Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania; and the Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania. Matus made his presence at both Western Pennsylvania facilities on a near-weekly basis; finishing respectively in both track championship chases. ‘The Wheelman’ would end his 2012 Lernerville Speedway campaign 6th in the final standings, while earning an 11th place finish in the final Mercer Raceway Park ‘410’ sprint car standings. The ’13’ team also made frequent trips to Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway when the ‘410’ sprints were on the racing card. Matus competed at the big half-mile near Pittsburgh not only during winged sprint car events, but also non-wing sprint car events; racing with the regionally located Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (B.O.S.S.) non-wing tour.
The young man out of Wampum, Pennsylvania would make history in June of 2012, as he would earn his first career All-Star Circuit of Champions victory at the Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio during Ohio Sprint Speedweek. The All-Star win was worth $5,000 and allowed Matus to add his name to a racing history book for a second consecutive season. Although Matus would time just 20th quick out of the 43 All-Star sprints that were signed-in for competition that evening, the eighteen-year-old would prevail and finish second during his respective heat race. ‘The Wheelman’ would live up to his nickname during that night’s All-Star main event, as he would survive 30 exhausting laps, and a large number of cautions, to grab the $5,000 pay day. Matus would rally 17 positions to pick up the win; saving just enough rubber on his Goodyear right-rear tire to make it to the finish.
“What a feeling” said Matus about his All-Star win at Sharon Speedway, “I actually didn’t really know what to think at first…It never really hit me until after the race…I love those slick tracks and everything just went our way that night…just an insane feeling!”
Like so many other drivers and teams who have just wrapped-up their recent racing season, nothing is yet set in stone for 2013. Matus looks to do more traveling in the future; hitting and missing as many regional All-Star shows as his schedule permits. Brandon Matus, along with his father and Western Pennsylvania sprint car veteran, Brent Matus, hope to kick-off their upcoming seasons in a similar fashion as 2012 by making the trip south to Florida this February. Only time will tell.
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