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Source — Drive for Diversity Media Relations/ml
Date Posted — June 22, 2009
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HUNTERSVILLE, N — C. – Juan Pitta grabbed the lead with six laps remaining and earned his first win of the season in the Late Model Division at All American Speedway Saturday night.

Pitta is the second Drive for Diversity driver in as many weeks to reach Victory Lane. Emily Sue Steck won the Late Model feature at LaCrosse (Wisc.) Fairgrounds Speedway last Saturday.

"We've been in it every week, but we've struggled a little bit with our chemistry and our set-up," said Pitta. "It all came together tonight, though, and it's great to get my first Late Model win for the Drive for Diversity program and Bill McAnally Racing."

Pitta qualified ninth for the first 50-lap Late Model feature in the No. 16 Copart/101.9 The Wolf Toyota and slowly worked his way to the front. He reached third behind points leader Jason Romero and Gary Glenn on a restart with eight laps to go. Romero fell off the pace, and Pitta was able to get around Glenn two laps later.

His final margin of victory over runner-up Glenn was .300 seconds.

Pitta finished eighth in the second 50-lap feature. He is second in Late Model points at All American behind Romero.


Steck followed up last weekend’s win with a 10th-place finish Saturday night after starting 14th in the No. 6 DMT Motorsports Chevrolet. She is currently seventh in the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway Late Model standings.

Megan Reitenour was in action at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, N.C., on Friday night for Twin 35s after rain canceled all on-track activity last weekend. Reitenour, driving the No. 92 Leicht Motorsports Chevrolet, finished ninth in the first race and fourth in the second. She is currently fifth in the Tri-County Motor Speedway Late Model standings.

Laura Hayes was at South Boston (Va.) Speedway for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Dads Night 150. Hayes, piloting the No. 22 Chevrolet for James Racing, finished 10th. This was Hayes’ second top-10 finish of the season.

First year Drive for Diversity driver Natalie Sather grabbed another top five at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., on Saturday night. She finished fourth in the No. 94 Total Velocity Motorsports Toyota. Sather is sixth in the Super Late Model division points standings.

Mackena Bell cracked the top 10 at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.) for the first time this season, grabbing two ninth-place finishes in the Twin 40 Super Late Model features on Saturday night. Bell, driving the No. 30 Position One Motorsports Chevrolet, is 11th in the Super Late Model standings.

Phil Dugan and Paul Harraka were in Sonoma, Calif., on Saturday for the Bennett Lane Winery 200 presented by Supercuts at Infineon Raceway. Harraka, piloting the No. 12 NAPA AutoCare Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing, finished 14th. Dugan finished 21st in the No. 34 RTD Motorsports Chevrolet. Harraka is now seventh in the NASCAR Camping World Series West points standings. Dugan is 16th in the standings.

About Drive for Diversity

Drive for Diversity, managed by The 909 Group, develops minority and female drivers in the NASCAR Camping World Series and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Since the creation of the Drive for Diversity program in 2004, 22 drivers have competed, winning 28 races. Last year, eight drivers combined for 14 wins, 90 top 10s and a first-ever track championship. Drive for Diversity also supports crew member candidates each year. The Drive for Diversity program is committed to supporting and enhancing diversity in all aspects of motorsports. Much of the success of the Drive for Diversity initiative is a result of support from key sponsors and involved team owners.

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Article posted by staff on June 22, 2009.