Oswego, NY (May 1, 2018) - It’s almost hard to believe that Wellington, Ohio’s Mike McVetta has only been an ISMA full time participant for three years. In that short time he has become integral part of the supermodified group. With 24 years of racing experience, six years in supermodifieds overall, he has come to be recognized as a driver to be reckoned with.
Working for NASA hasn’t hurt in bringing Mike to the forefront, but it’s his Rocket Chassis number 22, immediately detectable by the red and yellow paint scheme and his achievements on the track that are the most outstanding attributes.
McVetta has driven to three ISMA feature wins in his short tenure finishing his first year with one feature win at Lorain Speedway, to his credit. In 2016, he backed up that rookie win with another win at Lorain and then in his first-ever trip to Connecticut’s Waterford Speedbowl, added a second win, bringing his overall win total to three. The last two season’s Mike has finished in sixth in the ISMA point tally and fifth in the driver points.
The 2017 season for the amiable McVetta saw at least four heat wins, second place feature finishes at Delaware and Lee, top fives at Lancaster and Waterford, top tens at Jennerstown, both Oswego races, and Stafford. But in between what appears to be a solid series of good runs for the 22, disappointment came ironically close to home, twice at Sandusky, Ohio Hy-Miler events, and then again in New England at the Star Classic and Thompson’s World Series finale. A little luck at any of the last aforementioned would certainly have propelled McVetta into the top five.
Mike took a minute from preparing for the Monadnock ISMA opener to reflect on that 2017 season. “I’m not sure what to say about last year. We made huge improvements at tracks we struggled in the past, but had some unfortunate part failures that hurt us in the overall results.”
During the off-season, McVetta and his crew which consists of his father, Roger, his father-in-law Doug Saunier, Dean Doehr, Nick Doehr and former supermodified pilot Randy Burch, have been working hard to eliminate those part failures.
McVetta discussed some of what they have been working on. “New for this year are some major engine upgrades and a new car that is 90% complete. I’m not sure if it will make any ISMA races this year, but we certainly hope to get it out at some point before the end of the year. We certainly hope we are done with the equipment failures and will have a successful year and win some races and break the top 5 in points.”
Mike has a very supportive family, in wife Gina, 2-year old Stella and 8-month-old Patrick, who is, who can be seen rooting on dad at almost every race event. McVetta also serves on the ISMA Board of Directors through 2019.