In 2010, Matt Pritiko (#21) of London, had a change of heart, as he turned his career from road courses to left-turns only, heading to Delaware on Friday nights, instead of flying all over North America.
The 24-year old hot shoe moved through the karting ranks before being selected for a F2000 ride during the Ron Fellows Karting Runoffs, by none other than Lemans winning Ron Fellows himself. While getting fitted for a Formula car a year later, Pritiko realized he had a major problem, as he was too tall to safely fit in an open wheel racer. Following a four-year career with the Compass 360 Grand-Am Team he was coaxed into a stock car by Jonathan Urlin, and turned his career to Delaware Speedway, and the Late Model division.
Pritiko said, “My career highlight would be standing on the podium of a Grand-Am race, which I was able to do for three of my four events in my final year, because that series is North American wide, with so much exposure. However racing at Delaware is great as well, because we’re only 15 minutes from home, and all my friends and family are able to come out and watch us race. With the Grand-Am deal, they can only watch on television.”
Following a freshman campaign in 2010 that produced a Rookie-of-the-Year title and his first feature win, Pritiko exploded in 2011, finishing second in the standings to champion Andrew Gresel. The next step will be to get his Global Warranty, Toyotatown, NAPA Certified Body Shops Chevrolet one step higher in the standings to claim his first Delaware championship.