Thanks to a strong online presence, Anthony Alfredo is accumulating a growing fan base who affectionately refer to him as “Fast Pasta.” It’s certainly an accurate moniker, as Alfredo put the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet up front frequently this season as a NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie. He turned heads throughout his partial schedule with his relatable personality and on-track performances, scoring nine top-10 and two top-five finishes.
Alfredo, made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Auto Club Speedway, finishing sixth in a very impressive run. In all, Alfredo posted five sixth-place finishes throughout the season. Season highlights included leading his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series laps at Talladega Superspeedway, and battling for the lead with some of NASCAR’s best, including NASCAR Cup Series veteran Kyle Busch at Texas Motor Speedway.
Along with the highs, any race season is bound to include a few low points. Alfredo’s 2020 is no exception. He ran in the top-three for most of the race at Kansas Speedway before a four-wide battle resulted in a major crash that saw the driver flip the No. 21 Chevrolet upside down and eventually come to rest on the roof.
Thankfully, Alfredo emerged from the car with two thumbs up signaling to everyone he was okay, and even wished that he could flip the car back over and keep racing.
Alfredo’s best finish of the year came in his final start of the 2020 season at Texas Motor Speedway. The No. 21 team again showed impressive speed running inside the top-five. At the end of the race, Alfredo found himself in the second position, running down the leader in the closing laps before ultimately slipping back to finish third.
“A lot of people don’t realize this, but I am a first-generation NASCAR driver. I grew up a fan of the sport because my parents were fans. A really cool story I always like to tell others is that my parents actually visited Richard Childress Racing over 25 years ago as race fans, which was four years before I was even born. Now, for me, to be able to walk through those same shop doors and see my name on these racecars and to race for the most iconic team in NASCAR is something that gives me goosebumps every day. I can’t thank Richard Childress, all our partners, my family, and everyone who supports me enough for what I got to do this year. It has truly been a dream come true, and I just really hope I can continue to work with this team next year so we can go wins some races and a championship together.” -Anthony Alfredo