Bronx, NY, March 30th, 2011………Chase Mattioli is no stranger to racing in Virginia, with his 1st Virginia racing experience at South Boston Speedway, racing his ¼ midget at the ripe old age of 9. Twelve years later, the 21-year-old young gun will return, competing in his No.10 CollegeComplete.com Ford in the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race this Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.
“Racing at South Boston was an incredible experience for me,” Mattioli commented. Up until then, I had only raced at the ¼ midget track at Pocono Raceway. All of the other kids and I were excited, especially when we got to meet Tony Stewart. He was at South Boston doing an appearance and came over and talked to each one of us. He was so friendly and made each of us kids feel special. Best of all, I won the feature that night,” Mattioli concluded.
That was the 1st of many Virginia racing experiences for Mattioli, that went on to include being coached by Donnie Allison in a Legacy car, his 1st road course win in a Formula Ford at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) at 14, and a 3rd in class in a 13-hour endurance race at 19 years old.
“Coming to Virginia is like coming home. With the family involved in South Boston Speedway, I spent a lot of time in the area and have many great friends, including Cathy and Allen Rice at South Boston. Racing at Martinsville this Saturday will be very special, and I am hopeful the good luck I have had in Virginia will continue.”
Martinsville’s Kroger 250 is set for 2pm, Saturday, April 2nd, with TV coverage provided by Speed TV.
The partnership between Chase Mattioli and College Complete (www.collegecomplete.com) is the first of its kind, bringing higher education opportunities directly to the large and loyal NASCAR fan base. As a full-time college student and full-time professional NASCAR race car driver, Chase Mattioli is the living demonstration that you can live your dreams as well as get a great education. College Complete exists for one reason, to help students return to school in a way that fits their needs. Joining CollegeComplete.com on Chase’s Ford will be Grand Canyon University and Anthem College.
Anthem College Online (www.anthemcollegeonline.com) provides associate and bachelor’s degrees in the fields of healthcare, business, accounting, paralegal, and criminal justice. Online students benefit from 24/7 access to their programs, live lectures and chat, individual tutoring, and personalized career services.
Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon (http://www.gcu.edu) is an Arizona-based, private, Christian university that offers online and campus-based bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in business, education, nursing and health sciences, liberal arts, and fine arts and production. GCU’s flexibility and expertise appeals equally well to both traditional undergraduate students as well as working professionals, and the benefits they provide for our active and former military students is second to none.
Chase’s longtime supporters will also be featured on the truck including Advance Payment Services (www.joinAPS.com), Green Tree Environmental Consultants (www.greentreeprofit.com), Howard University’s WHUR 96.3 FM (www.whur.com) and Papillon & Moyer Construction (www.papillon-moyer.com).