Story & Photo By: Michael Jaworecki/My Race News
Just over one year ago, Timmy Solomito was filled with optimism for the Modified racing season. A new family-owned, LFR Modified was being prepared for the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season plus a TQ ride at the Allentown indoor races would be some offseason fun.
Auto racing can be a blast, but in a blink of an eye, it can be cruel. Timmy had a fast TQ ride at Allentown, but just like, that disaster struck. The car got up over the right-rear of a competitor and careened into the outside wall, ending upside down. Timmy ended up with a heavily damaged race car and concussion that took about eight weeks to clear up.
With COVID-19 canceling the rest of the indoor season and the start of the outdoor racing season, Timmy would to wait to get back behind the wheel and unveil the family owned Modified.
Fast-forward to the second race of the NWMT season at White Mountain Motorsports Park in New Hampshire — Timmy rolled out the new car, sponsored by Flamingo Motorsports — with his father as crew chief. Against a solid field of 31 NASCAR WMT Modifieds, Solomito qualified eighth. Unfortunately for Timmy, he was caught up in an early lap 32 crash that ended his day.
The rest of the part-time season didn’t go much better. A 17th, 22nd 11th and 26th were his finishes in his four other races. He crashed two more times — including the season-finale at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park — where the car was a total write off and led to his second concussion in 10 months.
Timmy comes from a racing family — his dad and uncle drove cars, he and his two brothers — Shawn and Jerry — all raced. Timmy has raced since he was a kid, now at the young age of 29, and this season will be his 20th year in in the sport. From Go Karts, Pro Trucks, Chargers, INEX Legends, TQ’s and his current Tour Modifieds, Timmy has always raced something.
At some point in every racers short track career, the reality might be it’s time to retire and take care on other things in life. With a destroyed five-race old Modified, and his business Natural Designs continuing to grow, was it time to move on?
We asked Timmy about last season and his future.
Timmy first off how are you feeling these days?
“I’m feeling good, no issues at all.”
With the rough season you had last year and a growing business did you ever consider retiring?
“Not at all, we were already talking about ordering a new chassis before we left the track at Thompson, we would never go down without a fight, I have family and a crew that never quits.”
Timmy has bought a brand new LFR chassis which is in the garage next to his brother Shawn’s Troyer chassis Modified. According to Timmy, it gives his dad something to tinker with, as he always loves working on a Modified. Timmy does not have a big full-time crew but he has his family and friends that help him at the shop and on the track.
The Billy the Kid Spec motor that was still new when he ended up in the wall at Thompson in October has been freshened up.
What are your plans for 2021?
“Right now we have no idea what races we will be at, it won’t be a full schedule. A lot depends on how busy I am at work. If business is strong this year wrapping race cars, businesses trucks and more we won’t have a lot of time. But if business is slow, we will have more time to race, I hope we are somewhere in the middle.”
The wreck at Thompson destroyed an almost brand new car. For 2021 he is starting from scratch — so far he has no primary sponsor, so he would welcome any sponsorship help to get to more races.
As he told My Race News, there was no thought about giving up, racers race and with the support of family and crew he can’t wait to get back on the track.