"It was a fun hard battle with my brother, if it wasn't mine to win it was his. I'm glad to be standing here, but I could not have done it without the support of my family and sponsors," said the slightly older half of Team Faccinto, from Hanford, California. At just 20 years of age, Mike is two years older than his toughest competition, and younger brother Mitchell. Between the two of them they have already amassed over 20 years of race experience.
The Team Faccinto brothers have now swapped Lemmore Championships, Mitchell won the title last year, and Michael nabbed it from him this year.
Older brother Michael drives the number 1, Gordon Seros Racing Engine powerplant car, Mitchell sticks along side in the number 4 car.
The 2010 championship at Lemoore Raceway was a battle from the start for the Faccinto brothers. Throughout the 15 race schedule, the brothers swapped the top position six times, until with only two races left, they were all tied up.
Michael, driving his number 1, Gordon Seros Racing Engine powerplant, captured his third win of the season, putting him 18 points ahead of younger brother Mitchell going into the last race of the season. Mitchell would qualify in the sixth position with Michael in ninth position, and in the main event, Mitchell did not make things easy on his older sibling. The Faccinto brothers battled throughout the 50-lap race. And when the checkered flag flew, Michael would finish fifth, with Mitchell right behind him in sixth. With that fifth place finish Michael squeezed by his brother, nabbing the championship by the narrowest of margins.
"It was fun all year, there was no talking about the championship with two races left," said Michael. "Although we both knew what needed to happen to win, and things fell right into place for me to secure the championship."
Mitchell's comments were, "It was good to see that the championship stayed within our family. I was able to win it in 2009 and Michael was able to bring it home in in 2010."
With the greatest competition coming from your own brother, we wondered what the track dynamics might amount to.
"There is no blocking for each other, when you're out on the race track, it's every man for himself," stated Michael.
And Mitchell concurred, saying "We're teammates until the green flag falls - then we race each other just as hard as we'd race anyone else."
"The turning point for me this year," says Michael, "Was regaining the points lead with three races left. That gave me the confidence to finish the year off strong."
For Mitchell the season turning point came at Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia, California. "Winning three races in a row in Visalia was definitely a turning point for me," said Mitchell. "Also winning the last race of the season is big, because it helps us both carry momentum into the 2011 season."
"Next year we are upgrading our chassis by switching to PACE Chassis, and I am very excited about that," says Michael. "I feel we should be even better and faster next year."
"We're looking forward to running for two championships next year and running on Thanksgiving weekend," adds Mitchell.
The K&N sponsored Faccinto brothers both say they could not do what they do without the continuing support of their sponsors, and they sincerely thank them all.
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