Chase Mattioli is a student at Fordham University, studying business and marketing. He's also the driver of the No. 99 College Complete.com Ford F150 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. (Mattioli, whose grandparents founded the Pocono Raceway, has made four starts this season, with an average finish of 32nd.) But he will not race this coming Friday at Dover, and has asked J.R. Fitzpatrick — who is also set to race in the Nationwide Series event on Saturday — to fill in for him.
But this week, Chase Mattioli, driver of the No. 99 College Complete.com Ford F150 in the Camping World series, found he had a conflict with final exams at Fordham University where he is majoring in business and marketing.
So he asked the 22-year-old Fitzpatrick to fill in for him.
"I am wearing three hats these days, driver, owner and student," Mattioli said. "With finals at Fordham approaching, I had a discussion with College Complete about stepping aside this week. Obviously, with their focus on education, College Complete agreed it was the right decision."
We're pretty sure, by the way, that this is the Sports Section's first-ever post on auto-racing. But we're certain that it's the Sports Section's first-ever post that involves both auto-racing and our alma mater.