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Rick Mattioli has had a very long relationship with his Camaro. The racer of this Middlesex, New Jersey-based car acquired his 1967 model way back in 1980 and drove it to his high school graduation that year. After some rather humble beginnings racing at his then home track (Englishtown, New Jersey), Rick’s Camaro has remained in competition ever since. Fast forward to the current day, Rick’s impressively maintained car is a versatile piece active in both Super Pro bracket racing and NHRA’s Super Street 10.90 index class. It is powered by a 427ci big-block built by Ron Ross and Steve VanCraeynest. With that engine and without a throttle stop, Rick’s Camaro has a career best run of 9.12 at 146.22 mph. Mattioli receives valued support for his ongoing racing ventures from primary sponsor Liftec Forklifts, as well as from Todd at ProLine Body & Chassis, Dean at Nickerson Performance, and Jeff Stricker at Road Runner Race Fuels. Special thanks go to crew chief Steve VanCraeynest, Glenn Rutkoski, Dan Rutkoski, Bob Milardo, and his fiancée, Cynthia, for their unrelenting understanding and support.