Story by: Langley Austin ~ langley@race22.com 

Statesville, NC ~ Matt McCall will have a split personality in 2009 as he tries to become the first driver to ever win the UARA-STARS Series Late Model Stock Car championship twice.

No, McCall’s not likely to have to see a psychiatrist for his split personality, but it may be just the thing to keep his competitors on their toes as he will pilot two different race cars owned by two different individuals in the tough 16-race UARA schedule this season. This two-car scene is nothing new for McCall as in 2008 he competed in both the same cars in multiple races winning in both cars.

McCall will try to split the 16-race schedule behind the wheel of the Jerry Moody owned, “Pig Rig” Ford Fusion and the Tom Pistone Racing Development(TPRD) Cadillac CTS owned by Tom Pistone. Yes, that was a Cadillac CTS that McCall will pilot this season, not the Toyota Camry that we saw him in at the end of the 2008 season as Pistone explains.

“This season will be a combined effort with Jerry Moody and the “Pig Rig” McCall has run in seasons past,” said TPRD owner, Tom Pistone. “We will be using either Moody’s Fusion or the 3V Performance powered Cadillac CTS. We switched from the Camry since too many people will be using that this year. Matt(McCall) is completely focused on the championship and winning as many races as possible this season and I think this combination will certainly aid those efforts.”

For Pistone, McCall’s not just a driver he’s a major part of the operation for Performancenter Racing Warehouse and the Pistone LTO Chassis as well as Tom Pistone Racing Development.

“It is a major boost to my company to have Matt McCall in house doing our chassis set ups for customers and heading up our new shock division,” continued Pistone. “Having Matt at the track each weekend is a major benefit to our customers and to our continuing development of the Pistone LTO Chassis. There is no comparison to the knowledge he brings to our customers. Over 90 wins in 2008 for our chassis’ show the kind of results I’ve been looking for.”

McCall has two major goals for the 2009 season and their ambitious to say the least. McCall is looking to become the first driver to win the UARA title twice and he’d like to take over as the overall series wins leader, a category in which he trails by five wins to current overall wins leader, Jamey Caudill. That’s a couple of tall tasks for McCall, but given the success he had last season in both cars he may be just the man for the job.

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