Cedar Rapids, IA
Career Feature Wins (410): 2
Career Feature Wins (360): 14
Knoxville Feature Wins (360): 5
Jesse Giannetto has emulated his nickname “The Bulldogg” on the racetrack for almost a decade now at the Knoxville Raceway, and in 2008, he was awarded for his perseverance by winning his first championship as a car owner. Missing one night as a driver (floods) hurt him in that championship race, but 6-time track champion, Randy Smith, ably took his place and earned enough points for the season-ending honor. A second place standing in the 360 driver race was not shabby either!
Jesse began his weekly racing at Knoxville back in 2000 and won Rookie of the Year honors with the 360 class following a successful kart career that included several national titles and a Tulsa Shootout championship. His first win came in 2001, and he used that momentum to lead the point race at the mid-way point of 2002. Unfortunately, a wreck sidelined him for that season. In 2003, he was the 360 Nationals hard-charger, and led much of the season standings, but he was overtaken late by Billy Alley.
In 2004, Jesse moved up to the 410 class, and earned “Lyle Boyd Hard Charger” honors. Outside of Knoxville, he earned the “Outstanding Achievement Award” with the 360 Sprint Invaders, and won the championship with that series in 2005. In 2006, he won the 360 Nationals at Knoxville, marking his biggest win to date. 2007 saw hardship and a back injury, but he bounced back strong in 2008.
410 point standing by year:
2006 – 7th, 2005 – 11th, 2004 - 10th
360 point standing by year:
2008 – 2nd, 2003 – 2nd, 2001 – 4th, 2000 – 11th
Steve Wares and Vern Harrison