George Napolitano Jr. gets 5,000th win in Philly
June 18, 2012
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George Napolitano Jr. entered his day-night racing day of driving at Harrah's Philadelphia and Mohegan Sun at Pocono on Sunday with 4,999 career wins. He had 23 drives booked – eight at Philadelphia, and 15 at Pocono. He must have figured, "Let's get this over with early.”
And so "Nap" shot right to the lead with pacer Dragon Ahs in the first race at Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon and could not be caught, giving the 45-year-old his 5,000th career triumph.
Napolitano is in his 20th year of driving, which gives him an average of 250 victories a year, with obviously more to come in 2012. During 2010 he led all of North America in wins, checking home first 747 times. This season he ranks second in the Pocono drivers standings and third at Harrah's Philadelphia, behind Jim Morrill Jr. at Pocono and Tim Tetrick and Yannick Gingras in Philly.
Napolitano lost no time starting towards 6,000, and at Nap-atypical prices, also reigning home The Real Dion ($25.40) and Hacienda ($19.60) while at Philadelphia. At Sunday night he added two more.