BY KEITH WALTZ
Anthony Alfredo, a 22-year-old racer from Ridgefield, Connecticut, is living proof that dreams do come true.
Only five years after first entering the limited late model ranks, the driver known as “Fast Pasta” is a rookie in the NASCAR Cup Series, America’s premier form of auto racing.
Born March 31, 1999, Alfredo became a race fan by watching the sport on television and his first on-track experience was in a go-kart. The youngster eventually stepped away from racing for five years to focus on other sports, but returned to auto racing in 2014 and excelled in Legend Car competition.
The teenager was selected to drive for JR Motorsports’ late model team in 2017 and he won a pair of CARS Late Model Tour races and finished second in the championship. That effort ignited a rocket ride that quickly took Alfredo to the top of the sport with momentary stops in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
It was while running a limited Xfinity Series schedule last season for Richard Childress Racing that Alfredo caught the eye of NASCAR Cup Series car owner Bob Jenkins, During the offseason, Jenkins signed Alfredo to drive the No. 38 Ford Mustang fielded by Front Row Motorsports.
“This is really an unbelievable moment,” Alfredo said when the deal was announced. “When you start out racing karts as a kid, you dream of making it to the sport’s top level. I want to thank Bob Jenkins and everyone at Front Row Motorsports for making this dream a reality. I know the challenges ahead, but I’m here to work hard and prove myself.”