Friday - February - 2018

TAMPA, FLFebruary 9th, 2018 – The 7mm Russ King Racing Super Late Model arrived in East Bay Raceway Park around 2pm Thursday. With Winter Nationals getting rained out at Screven Motorsports Park the team was looking to do some practice and focus on improving for the week ahead at Volusia Speedway Park; but what the Super Late Model rookie did was much more than expected.

“We’re coming here to shake-down the car.” The Hannawa Falls native said. “It’s a tricky place from what I’ve heard, the track changes a lot and it can be tough to adjust as a driver. But that’s what we’re looking for; to get a little more seat time and experience behind the wheel.”

Having only 7 Super Late Model starts under his belt, the RKR team hit the track for hot laps and time trials. Being Maresca’s first few laps around East Bay the team was not expecting too much. However Maresca ended up turning a lap good enough for 8th fastest out of the 20 cars that time trialed in group B. This put him in the 3rd starting spot in heat race #5, where only the top 3 qualified.

After getting shuffled back to 7th on the initial restart Maresca fought back for a 5th place finish, putting him in the B-Main. “The heat race was tough. I didn’t get the best start coming to green but I definitely got a handle on it after. They’re only taking two out of the LCQ so we’re hoping to finish up there to make the show but it’s going to be tough.” Maresca stated.

He started 5th in the second and final Last Chance Qualifier of the night where he led most of the 12-lap race, transferring him to the A-Main out of the 59 cars that attempted to qualify.

“This is only my 7th start in a Super event and it’s pretty cool that I even made the show.  I was told that this track is tricky and tends to change a lot. It changed more in those 12 laps than I’ve ever seen in my racing career.”

After making the 40 lap event Maresca went on to say: “That’s obviously the goal but weren’t expecting it – just looking to turn some laps and get some experience going into this week. We’re not going to make too many adjustments going into the feature so we’ll see what we can do.”

Noting the track conditions and the tire ware, the team hit the track with the car setup almost identical to the B-Main. Starting in the 20th position Maresca took the green only to find himself caught up in an wreck early in the feature. Luckily there was no damage to the car and he spun to avoid hitting anyone. Continuing on to the rest of the 40 lap event the young-gun battled on the bottom for most of the event. Landing him a 14th place finish, respectively.

Look for the 7mm tonight at East Bay Raceway Park for Night #2.