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 (STV Driver Blog) A fighter in a time of panic: Jonathan DiVierdi

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PostSubject: (STV Driver Blog) A fighter in a time of panic: Jonathan DiVierdi   Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:34 pm

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Dangerous Dog Racing wrote:
Jonathan DiVierdi Released From DDR; Shaw Named New Driver and Ben Kohler new Spotter

"Boy is Maddox ever going to be busy! I asked Maddox what he thought about running AYG & NCSTT and he quickly responded in excitement. He will bring his truck series spotter, Ben Kohler with him. They work well together and I think they'll do a great job in this series."

It was obvious at this point DiVierdi, the former spotter had been released due to his actions.

"There was no point to keep him around. He really provoked the rest of the team to start that fight and I was not happy. The whole team has been fined $2,000 each by me and that money will go to the Jean Swarts Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation. Johnathan has been fined $10,000 and has been released. This guy made our team look like a joke and I can assure you it won't happen again."

Jonathan DiVierdi remembers this incident from the 2011 AYG West Virginia 150 well. It perhaps tarnished his reputation around the AARO garage. However, what most don't realize was that the brawl he caused was out of fear and anger.

"I think of how things would've been had I not attacked [Allie] Knight's crew." DiVierdi told reporters on Friday. "When Casey hit that guardrail, I could just see the right front pretty much squish together like a person crushing a soda can. So I was begging he would say something to me like 'Hey, I'm alright' and that he woulda gotten out somehow."

But that wasn't the end of the horror for the 49 team. "I saw the 79 come barreling in there and I never saw her slow down. Casey went spinnin' around like a top and then he just slid to the botom of the track amd the 15 slid into his driver's door. I was screaming for him to talk to us. When he didn't, I looked down toward the 94 pit stall, threw my headset on the ground and broke it, said "You're all gonna pay for that." and just charged at 'em. I thought Casey mighta been dead an' I made sure they knew how we felt about it; so I run at 'em and I hear everyone else tryin' to stop me, but I got some pretty good punches on 'em before my team got there n' joined in. Then I had the fine and Tyson fired me the next day. But what the hell would you do if your good friend was almost killed in front of your own eyes?"

Jonathan hasn't been able to find employment in AARO since then, aside from his driving duties in the ill-fated WRA Kingsford National Series and crew chief for Casey Lester in PTRL, but to this day, he says that the brawl from the summer of 2011 was out of fear for a friend. The one who is typing this article today. I have a massive amount of respect and appreciation for Mr. DiVierdi's concern for my well-being and will always identify him as a reason for my successes.

EDIT (12/25/14): He is no longer my crew chief, but the ending point I make still stands.

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