This past Friday night, I had the chance to catch up with two of the upcoming drivers here at the Seekonk Speedway. In the Sport 4 class, Sam Mattera has put together a successful season so far behind the wheel of her No. 4 TTM Motorsports machine. In the first eight races, Mattera has six finishes inside the top 10, including a best finish of third on July 28th and she also sits fifth in the championships standings.
In what has been a new venture for her this season, Mattera has found that there is one major difference between the Sport 4 and the Powder Puff division. She ran in the Powder Puffs for a few years and captured a few wins behind the wheel of one of those. But this season, she has jumped to weekly Fast Friday racing at the third-mile.
What’s the biggest difference? “More organized racing,” Mattera said on Friday before competing in the finale for the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series in the Sport 4 class. Even though she has won before in the Powder Puff class, she is seeking her first career Sport 4 win over the rest of the season. This past Friday night, she finished ninth in the Phil’s 25 lap finale.
How much does she want to win? “Pretty bad,” Mattera said during our Facebook Live interview. It would mean a lot for both her and the team (TTM Motorsports) to capture a win.
“(It would mean) everything, it’s always awesome to win,” Mattera said. “But as long as we finish in one piece and bring it home that’s good too.”
When Mattera arrived at the track this past Friday, she actually forgot it was Triple Crown night. “I actually forgot it was the Triple Crown tonight, I’m just happy it’s raceday,” Mattera said.
I also had the chance to chat with Pure Stock regular Bob Moore before the racing got underway on Friday. Moore sits behind the wheel of the No. 40 each week and has a best finish of seventh so far this season. However, this past weekend was the last race Moore will compete in this season. He will be heading off to UNC Charlotte for college this week and will be taking up Motorsports Engineering starting this fall.
“It’s going to be fun going down there and learning how to build cars. I’m hoping it helps me when I get back here,” Moore said in the pits Friday. He is hoping he can return to compete in this year’s D.A.V. Fall Classic, but those plans are tentative at this point.
This season, he found some friendships in the pit area that have helped him put together much more consistent runs. A few times, Moore has run up and had a chance at finishing inside the top five.
“It’s all about learning, I’ve got connected with the Lambert brothers, they have taught me everything, even how to race this year,” Moore said.