Winter Recap 2017

Tuesday - January - 2018

It has been a busy winter for Mike Maresca so far filled with new experiences and challenges.

Mike Ruefer Photo

It all started this December in Trenton, NJ for the first annual Indoor Dirt Nationals. Mike drove the Eric Orozco owned 7b Pace Micro Sprint at the inaugural event. After winning the heat, and finishing 2nd in the B Main, Mike transferred to the A-Main out of 84 cars! Mike was involved in an accident in the late stages of the race after making a charge on the top of the race track. “We really had no where to go, and there was a huge pile up on the front stretch at the end of the race. Overall, driving the 600 was a blast, and really good for keeping my skills up in the winter. I want to thank Eric for taking a chance on me and giving me the opportunity to drive his car.”

Next on the schedule for Mike was the Tulsa Shootout in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It would be Mike’s first time at the most famous indoor dirt track in the country, and his second time driving a 600 micro sprint. Mike won his heat, and qualifier giving him a direct shot into the Outlaw Non-Winged A-Main. “It was awesome to make the A-Main out of 267 of the best drivers in the country, especially with a stock motor in the outlaw class, the feature was tough, but overall we had a decent finish and a great time. I cant thank St. Lawrence Radiology and Eric Orozco for their support in the last few micro sprint races”. After battling with the likes of Christopher Bell, Mike brought car back in one piece with a 17th place finish.

The next big undertaking of the winter was to go to Arizona for the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout at the Arizona Speedway. After a night of getting used to the super late model, Mike won the B-Main on night 3 of the shootout, and made moves in the A-main until a late race incident caused Mike to park for the night. “I knew we had a lot of racing left the whole week, and knew it was a hard hit, so we brought car in to live to fight another day”

The next night started off well, but a mistake in the heat race caused Mike to lose a lot of spots and end up in the B-main. He fought from 11th to 2nd, crossing the line nose to nose with the leader. In the feature Mike came home in 18th place. “We turned tonight around, and Russ King made some great calls to get us a great car in the B main. We made some passes early and then the track took rubber and I wanted to show respect to the leaders, and 18th is not a bad finish here.”

The next two nights Mike showed huge improvements, qualifying right to the A-main from the heats both days. On Friday Mike ended up getting his first top 10 by finishing 9th. The final night was a 50 lap battle on a challenging track, and Mike ended up 8th, after getting as high as 5th. “We had a great last few nights, tonight was great, I did fade a little bit, but we ended battling with some really good cars and to finish the week with a top 10 is awesome! I cant thank my sponsors St. Lawrence Radiology, Keyser Manufacturing, Twin Leaf Stores, and Russ King Racing for giving me the opportunity to compete in Arizona.”

Mike Ruefer Photo

After a busy winter, Mike is headed to Screven, Georgia on February 9th and 10th to compete with the prestigious World of Outlaws tour. After that the team will haul the 7mm Super Late Model to Volusia Speedway to run on February 12th-17th. “We are really working hard this off-season, and are hoping to get some good finishes. The competition will be some of the toughest I have ever faced, but I am really looking forward to the challenge.”

Mike Maresca Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters for the 2018 season. These include St. Lawrence Radiology, Twin Leaf Stores, Keyser Manufacturing, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Integra Shocks, Multicraft Construction, Chip’s Place, Martin’s Maple Street Station and Leahy’s Racing Engines