RYAN HILL / 4WIDE – Super DIRTCar Series regular Michael Maresca is getting ready to go racing in his St Lawrence Radiology #7MM Russ King Racing Late Model , and while the cold weather has postponed his scheduled stops with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series this weekend at Atomic Speedway and Brownstone Speedway the young driver is eager to pick up where he left off in Volusia earlier this year. We checked in with 4WIDE Partner Maresca as he was taking a break preparing tires in Ohio to discuss Late Model racing.
WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND THE DIFFERENCES TO BE FROM MODIFIEDS?
I was surprised how aggressive late model racing can be. It’s really elbows up the whole time out there. You really have to adapt to what is happening , the modifieds can have a calmer pace sometimes.
ARE THE LATE MODEL DRIVERS HELPING YOU OUT ?
Yeah , everyone in the pits are very helpful, but Brandon Sheppard has been especially helpful with the best ways to drive and get around, and of course Russ King has been a huge help. They are helping with set up as they are obviously always fast.
WHY ARE YOU CHOOSING TO RUN LATE MODELS?
Late Models are easier to start racing professionally and to make money racing. I want to take this opportunity while I am young and travel and race full time. We started this just messing around and did well out west and in the south so here we are running sorta full time in late models.
WHAT PLANS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO ?
We plan to hit as many races as we can that are about 8 to 9 hours away from us, whether its Lucas Oil , World of Outlaws or whatever races we are at we hope to do well and win some races. I start graduate school in the fall, but depending on this season we hope to run a national schedule next year in the late model.
LATE MODEL HIGHLIGHTS :
World of Outlaws A Main qualifier this year at Volusia Speedway.
7th place at The Blue Gray 100 in Gaffney SC
Qualified for 2 of the 3 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at East Bay Raceway
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