Mike Maresca Gaining Steam After Two Months of Big-Block BattlesWednesday - July - 2017
Mike Maresca races his No.7m Big-Block Modified at Fulton Speedway on Saturday, July 1. (Photo by Joe Johnson).
POTSDAM, NY – July 5, 2017 – Mike Maresca has battled through just about everything possible in his first two months of Big-Block Modified racing on the Super DIRTcar Series tour – engine issues and a major flip to name just two – but the Potsdam, NY driver has been far from discouraged. Maresca has battled back from each issue and is gaining both speed and experience each time he unloads his St. Lawrence Radiology No.7m.
“I think the biggest thing that we’ve learned is that we do have some speed and we can run with these guys if we do everything right,” Maresca said. “It puts the focus on what we need to do right process-wise during the week to during the races. We’re starting to get that figured out in terms of how we need to go about the night and what changes we need to make.”
Last weekend, Mohawk Int’l Raceway was rained out on Friday night as was Fonda Speedway on Saturday night, which sent the Rez X Racing team to Fulton Speedway. Maresca finished second in his heat and was handicapped to start near the rear of the full field.
He raced his way up to tenth and was on the move for more when he was spun by another car and wrecked out of the race with heavy front-end damage. The HBR race team welcomed Maresca to their shop Saturday night to repair the car in time for Sunday’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Utica-Rome.
“We got up to tenth, but I think we had a good top-five car,” Maresca said. “HBR helped me and I can’t thank all of the guys over there. They helped me patch my car back together for Utica.”
Maresca’s repaired ride was fast right away at Utica-Rome as he timed in fifth quickest in his heat. The ultra-slick and slippery Utica surface proved challenging in the heat race and Maresca missed a transfer spot, but responded by qualifying directly to the main event with a third-place finish in the Last Chance Qualifier. In the New Yorker 100 main event, Maresca raced clean all night and finished 23rd.
“The car was actually pretty good early on,” Maresca said. “I tried some things setup-wise that didn’t really work out in the Feature. We got 100 laps in and learned some things, stayed out of trouble and got to finish a race, so that was nice.”
“Every 100-lap race we get on that stuff, we only get better and your notebook gets better,” Maresca continued. “I think we figured out some things about where we went wrong and we’re ready to move on to the next one.”
Maresca’s focus now shifts to a busy weekend of four races in four days. The team will be at Airborne Park Speedway on Thursday, July 6 for the Super DIRTcar Series first-ever visit there. He’ll then run weekly shows at Mohawk and Fonda on Friday and Saturday, July 7-8 before heading to Cornwall Motor Speedway on July 9 with the Super DIRTcar Series.
“We’re excited for Airborne Thursday,” Maresca said. “Everyone on the tour is really fast and it doesn’t take them long to figure a place out. You have to show up there with something you know works everywhere and go from there.”
The date at Cornwall is one Maresca has had circled on his calendar for a while. The Eastern Ontario track is one of his former home tracks and the first track he ever raced.
“I can’t wait to get to Cornwall,” Maresca said. “We’ve been up there once this year and got rained out, but we got to run hot laps so we’ve been on the track this year. It’s a super fun place. It races well and it’s fast for a small place. It’ll be fun.”
For the most up to date information on Mike Maresca’s 2017 schedule, visit www.mikemaresca7.com. Be sure to like his brand new Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MikeMarescaRacing and follow on Twitter at @MikeMaresca7.
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Mike Maresca is proud to partner with several dedicated partners for the 2017 race season with the Super DIRTcar Series, including St. Lawrence Radiology, LTI Transportation, Multicraft Construction, Twin Leaf Stores, Traditional Lacrosse, Rez-X Racing, Chip’s Place, Keyser Manufacturing and Leahy’s Service Center.
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